Rule of law European Union

National Security and Religious Freedom: A Dilemma for Ukraine?

Is religious freedom different during times of peace and war? What if there is a dilemma between religious freedom and national security? This expert discussion will explore Ukraine’s security challenges and policy trajectories regarding religious organisations, as well as profound sensitivities surrounding them domestically and internationally. The panel will reflect on possible policy solutions that comply with the international human rights framework. Key in this is Ukraine’s political course to join the European Union and NATO, and respectively its commitment to human rights, the rule of law and democracy.

The Hybrid event will take place at the Centre Marc Bloch, Friedrichstraße 191, 10117 Berlin on Thursday 14, December 2023 at 18:30–20:00. The event is co-organised by re:constitution and Prisma Ukraïna programmes at Forum Transregionale Studien and hosted by Centre Marc Bloch.

For participation on-site, prior registration is mandatory.
Please register via reconstitution(at) until 13 December 20:00h.

For online participation register here
Meeting details:
Meeting ID: 964 3307 4898
Passcode: 674542


  • Dr. Olena Bogdan | Expert in religious and ethnic affairs, democratization and well-being studies.
  • Dr. Marietta van der Tol | re:constitution Fellow 2023/24 and specialises in the comparative study of politics, law, and religion.
  • Prof. Dr. Roman Petrov | Jean Monnet Chair in EU Law and Head of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. 


Dr. Regina Elsner |  theologian and appointed Professor of Eastern Church Studies and Ecumenics at the Faculty of Catholic Theology at the University of Münster. 

This work is supported by

Stiftung Mercator