Dr Mareike Riedel

Grand Challenge Research Fellow
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Mareike Riedel is a research fellow in the Grand Challenge Project on Australian Social Cohesion: Exploring New Directions. With a background in law and the humanities, Mareike completed her PhD in sociolegal studies at the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) at the Australian National University in 2019. Before joining the ANU College of Law, Mareike was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Ethics, Law and Politics department at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen, Germany. Previously, she was a member of the Law and Anthropology department of the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle, Germany. Mareike has taught courses in public law at the Free University Berlin, Martin Luther University Halle, and at the Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Science.

Mareike’s current research explores the intersections of law, religion, and race, particularly in relation to the rights of religious minority groups. Her primary interests relate to how the law participates in regulating and excluding certain forms of religious difference as well as the relationship between antisemitism and contemporary secular law. Mareike has also worked on constitutional law issues, including the regulation of artistic expression with regard to legal bans on works of literary fiction.

Significant research publications

  • Riedel, Mareike, “Law, Religion, Race and the Construction of Jewish Difference,” Journal of Law and Society (accepted and forthcoming in 2021).

  • Riedel, Mareike, “The Difference a Wire Makes: Planning law, Public Orthodox Judaism and Urban Space in Australia,” International Journal of Law in Context (2021), 1-19, https://doi.org/10.1017/S1744552320000415.

  • Riedel, Mareike, “An Uneasy Encounter. Male Circumcision, German Law, and Jewish Difference,” 79 Studies of Law, Politics and Society (2019): 55-84.

  • Riedel, Mareike (with [in alphabetical order] Katayoun Alidadi, Jonathan Bernaerts, Petra Burai, Marie-Claire Foblets, Kalindi Kokal, Elizabeth Steyn) “Which Law for which Religion? Ethnographic Enquiries into the Limits of State Law vis-à-vis Lived Religion,” 3 Rechtsphilosophie: Zeitschrift für Grundlagen des Rechts (2016): 237-282.

  • Riedel, Mareike, Vermutung des Künstlerischen. Der Esra-Beschluss des Bundesverfassungsgerichts – eine Rechts- und Literaturwissenschaftliche Analyse. (Mohr-Siebeck: Tübingen 2011). [Book – ‘Presumption of the Artistic. The Esra Decision of the German Constitutional Court’].

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