Katayoun Alidadi joined Bryant University in 2017 as an Assistant Professor of Legal Studies specializing in comparative law, human rights and the intersections of law and religion. She has written extensively on these topics, as well as on conflict of laws and employment law. Prior to entering academia, she was a practicing attorney, first with an international law firm in Brussels and later practicing public interest and small business law in Los Angeles with Public Counsel Law Center. She holds a PhD in law from the KULeuven (Leuven, Belgium) and an LL.M. from Harvard Law School (Cambridge, MA, USA). In her doctoral thesis, she compared the legal treatment of religious symbols and practices in employment relations and unemployment benefits litigation in both Europe and North America. She has won a number of research and writing awards, including the 2013 Ius Commune Prize for her research on reasonable accommodation for religion and belief and the Addison Brown Prize at Harvard Law School for her paper on the recognition of Islamic talaq (divorce) in Western jurisdictions. Before joining Bryant University, she taught conflict of laws at the University of Houston Law Center and was a post-doctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (Halle/Saale, Germany).
Dr. Alidadi is affiliated with the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology as a Research Partner and has worked with public and private organizations on religious accommodation best practices in the workplace. She is the author of Religion, Equality and Employment in Europe: the Case for Reasonable Accommodation (Hart, 2017). She is also co-editor of three scholarly volumes: A Test of Faith? Religious diversity and accommodation in the European workplace (Ashgate, 2012); Belief, Law and Politics. What Future for a Secular Europe? (Ashgate, 2014), and Public Commissions on Cultural and Religious Diversity: National Narratives, Multiple Identities and Minorities (Routledge, 2018).
Ph D, KU Leuven
LLM, Harvard Law School
MS, KU Leuven
Alidadi, K., 'Ameliorating Social Inequality through Law: Experiences, Challenges and Limitations of Religious Freedom and Anti-discrimination Law' in Oxford Handbook of Law and Anthropology, Oxford UP, 2020.
Alidadi, K.,Foblets, M., 'Between Sovereignty and Transnationalism: the European Union as an Incomplete “Transnational Legal Space”' in Landscapes of Law: Practicing Sovereignty in Transnational Terrain, U Penn Press, 2020.
Alidadi, K., 'Cultural Diversity in the Workplace: Personal Autonomy as a Pillar for the Accommodation of Employees’ Religious Practices?' in Personal Autonomy in Plural Societies: A Principle and its Paradoxes , Routledge, 2018.
Alidadi, K.,Foblets, M., Public Commissions on Cultural and Religious Diversity: National Narratives, Multiple Identities and Minorities, Routledge, 2018.
Alidadi, K., 'Everyday Strategizing in Africa: Local Actors Negotiating State Norms, Histories and Local Custom', Rechtsgeschichte – Legal History Rg, 2017.
Alidadi, K., 'Gauging Progress towards Equality? Challenges and Best Practices of Equality Data Collection in the EU', European Equality Law Review, 2017.
Alidadi, K., 'Religion and Unemployment Benefits: Comparing Belgium, the Netherlands and Great Britain', European Labour Law Journal, 2017.
Alidadi, K., Religion, Equality and Employment in Europe. The Case for Reasonable Accommodation, Hart/Bloomsbury, 2017.
Alidadi, K., 'Protecting Muslim Minorities in the Work Place? From Anti-Discrimination Legislation in Europe to Scheduled Cast Reservation in India' in States and Muslims in Europe and India: Politics of Accommodation of Islamic Identities, New Century Publication, 2016.
Alidadi, K., 'The "Integrative Function" of Labour Law in Ebb? Reasonable Accommodation for Religion or Belief and Company "Neutrality Policies" in Belgium' in Reasonable Accommodation in the Modern Workplace , Bulletin of Comparative Labour Relations, 2016.
Alidadi, K.,Foblets, M., 'European Supranational Courts and Human Rights Protection for the Freedom of Religion or Belief: Convergence or Competition?', Oxford Journal of Law & Religion, 2016.
Alidadi, K.,Foblets, M., 'European Supranational Courts and the Fundamental Right to Freedom of Religion or Belief: Convergence or Competition?', Oxford Journal of Law & Religion, 2016.
Alidadi, K.,Foblets, M.,Nielsen, J.,Yanasmayan, Z., Belief, Law and Politics. What Future for a Secular Europe?, Routledge, 2014.
Alidadi, K., 'Out of Sight, Out of Mind? Implications of Routing Religiously Dressed Employees away from Front-office Positions in Europe', Quaderni di Diritto e Politica Ecclesiastica, 2013.
Alidadi, K.,Bader, V.,Vermeulen, F., 'Basic Tensions and Reasonable Accommodation of Religious Claims in the Workplace. Comparing Socio-legal debates and (Quasi-) Judicial Decisions in 6 European Countries', International Journal for Discrimination and the Law, 2013.
Alidadi, K., 'From Front-Office to Back-Office: Religious Dress Crossing the Public-Private Divide in the Workplace' in Religion and the Public-Private Divide, Routledge, 2012.
Alidadi, K., 'Muslim Women Made Redundant: Unintended Signals in Belgian and Dutch Case law on Religious Dress in Private Sector Employment and Unemployment' in A Test of faith? Religious Diversity and Accommodation in the European Workplace, Routledge, 2012.
Alidadi, K., 'Through the Door, Up the Stairs: Religion and its Sins Striding up the Equality Ladder', International Journal of Discrimination and the Law, 2012.
Alidadi, K., Reasonable Accommodations for Religion and Belief: Adding Value to Article 9 ECHR and the European Union’s Anti-Discrimination Approach to Employment? , EUROPEAN LAW REVIEW , 2012.
Alidadi, K.,Foblets, M., 'Framing Multicultural Challenges in Freedom of Religion Terms' Limitations of minimal human rights for managing religious diversity in Europe, Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights, 2012.
Alidadi, K.,Foblets, M.,Vrielink, J., A Test of faith? Religious Diversity and Accommodation in the European Workplace, Routledge , 2012.
Alidadi, K., 'Opening Doors to Muslim Minorities in the Workplace? From India's Employment Quota to EU and Belgian Anti-Discrimination Legislation', Pace International Law Review, 2011.
Alidadi, K., 'Review of: Cultural Diversity and the Law. State Responses from around the World’, Journal of Legal Pluralism, 2010.
Alidadi, K., 'The Western Judicial Answer to Islamic Talaq: Peeking through the Gate of Conflict of Laws in the U.S. and Belgium', UCLA Journal of Islamic and Near Eastern Law, 2005.
honorable mention from the International Academy of Comparative Law for the 2018 Canada Prize, 2018
Ius Commune Prize 2013, 2013
Addison Brown Prize , 2005
Fulbright scholarship, 2004
Global legal traditions; Law & society; Law & religion; International business law; International trade law and human rights; Private international law; Legal anthropology
Minority rights and human rights; freedom of religion; religious accommodation; private international law and Islamic law; comparative law
American Society of Comparative Law (ASCL)’s Younger Comparativists Committee
Law and Society Association
California State Bar (inactive status)
New York State Bar (inactive)
Society for the Scientific Study of Religion