Dr. Adina Portaru
SENIOR COUNSEL, EUROPE
Dr. Adina Portaru serves as senior counsel, Europe, for ADF International in Belgium, where she leads the work of our Brussels and Strasbourg teams with a particular focus on advocacy at the international organisations and institutions in Europe.
Prior to joining ADF International, Portaru worked extensively in academic research. She was a research assistant at Maastricht University in the Netherlands and at the European Training and Research Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Austria, where she assessed human rights policies.
Portaru has a Bachelor in Law and a Bachelor of Theology. She earned her LL.M. in Law and Globalization from Maastricht University, and completed her doctorate in Law at Karl Franzens University in Austria. Her thesis assesses how the European Court of Human Rights and the UN Human Rights Committee interpret freedom of religion or belief.
Portaru is admitted to the bar in Bucharest, Romania, and specializes in the topics of freedom of religion, freedom of conscience and freedom of expression. Portaru’s range of expertise includes academic settings, and national and EU institutions and bodies. She is the editor of the book, A ‘Precious Asset’? Analyzing Religious Freedom Protections in Europe (Kairos, 2020).
TVR, Romanian national TV 2020
Speaking on freedom of expression and freedom of conscience in cases in Europe
TVR, Romanian national TV 2016
Speaking on the Genocide of Christians in the Middle East
News & Publications
European Journal of Current Legal Issues: CJEU Cases C-157/15 Achbita and C-188/15 Bougnaoui: Following in the Footsteps of the European Court of Human Rights or Moving Away?
Nottingham Law Journal: Europe – In Search of a Soul? Article 17 TFEU and Its Functioning
European Yearbook on Human Rights: The EU Guidelines on Freedom of Religion or Belief at their Fifth Anniversary: Implementation Lagging Behind?
The “Rights and Freedoms of Others” v. Religious Manifestations: Who Wins at the ECtHR?
Romanian Review of European Law: Freedom of Expression Online. The Code of Conduct on Countering Illegal Hate Speech Online
For the Next Generations: Freedom of Conscience: A Question for Now and Future Generations
In The News
World Watch Monitor: EU Should ‘Put People of the World’ First in Quest for Religious Freedom Report
The Boston Pilot: EU Ruling against Workplace Hijab Draws Religious Freedom Criticism
World Magazine: Romania Approaches Marriage Crossroads
Catholic News Agency: Will Religious Freedom be Safeguarded in Europe?
Ziarul Lumina: Definiția Clară a Căsătoriei va da Direcția Educației în Școli
Catholic Register: EU Ruling against Workplace Hijab Draws Religious Freedom Criticism
EurActiv: Asia Bibi – the EU’s Lack of Leadership in Protecting Religious Minorities Worldwide
The EU Needs to Show Real Commitment to Religious Freedom
Christians Recognised as Most Persecuted Religious Group Worldwide
Oxford Human Rights Hub: The Maltese Equality Act: Friend or Foe of Freedom of Religion?
The EU Can Do More to Protect Religious Freedom
Public Discourse: Renting Wombs is a Human Wrong, not a Human Right
Volkerrechtsblog: Does ‘Neutrality’ Trump Religious Freedom?
Cultura Vieții: Convenția de la Haga și Reglementarea Practicii Mamelor Purtătoare