Professor of Law, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Area of Expertise: Law and Human Rights, Religion
Geographical Expertise - Region: Asia, Europe, North Africa and Middle East
Languages: English, Spanish
Field of Work: Academia, Author/Novelist, Law, Think tank/Research center
Rafael Palomino is Professor of Law at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, as well as the Research Professor at the Human Rights Institute of Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
Mr. Palomino is a member of the Advisory Council of the ODHIR Panel of Experts on Freedom of Religion or Belief (OSCE), the Center for Jewish-Christian Studies (Spain), as well as an Associate member of the Royal Academy of Law (Spain).
Palomino is also Vice-Director of “Anuario de Derecho Eclesiástico del Estado” [Church-State Law Spanish Yearbook] & member of the Editorial Board of the “Revista General de Derecho Canónico y Derecho Eclesiástico del Estado” [Church-State & Canon Law Review]. He is the author of, among others, Las Objeciones de Conciencia: Conflictos entre Conciencia y Ley en el Derecho Norteamericano (1994) on Conflicts between Religious Conscience and the Law in the United States of America, Derecho a la Intimidad y Religión: La Protección Jurídica del Secreto Religioso (1999) on Religious Privileged Communications in Comparative Law, Estado y Religión: Textos para una Reflexión Crítica (2000) on Church-State Relationships History, Derecho Comparado y Religión (2007) on the concept of religion in Comparative law.
His main research fields include religious freedom, comparative law, civil rights, conscientious objection, church-state legal affairs in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, educational rights, legal research methodology.
Mr. Palomino received his J.D. from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain) in 1989, and his Ph.D. from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain) in 1993. In 1995 he received the Extraordinary Doctoral Dissertation Award from the Universidad Complutense School of Law.
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