Dr John Adenitire is a Strategic Lecturer in the School of Law and a Fellow of the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences. Prior to joining Queen Mary, he was a Lecturer in Law at the University of Birmingham. He completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge, Faculty of Law and Fitzwilliam College. He has taught and researched at Cambridge, Durham, Birmingham, the UCL Constitution Unit, the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law and the UK Commission on a Bill of Rights.
His research has focused on the legal right to exemption for religious and non-religious conscientious objectors from a wide variety of legal obligations, including anti-discrimination norms. He is currently working on a book project on non-human animals in constitutional law and theory. More general research interests lie in the fields of public law, legal theory, comparative public law, and law and religion.
- ‘A General Right to Conscientious Exemption: Beyond Religious Privilege’ (Cambridge University Press, 2020).
- ‘From Toleration to Religious Freedom: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives’ (co-editor) (Peter Lang Publishing, forthcoming 2021).
- ‘Religious Beliefs and Conscientious Exemptions in a Liberal State’ (sole editor) (Hart Publishing, June 2019).
Special Journal Issue
- Conflicts between Religious Freedom and Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination: Should ‘Mere Civility’ Suffice? (2021) Oxford Journal of Law and Religion (forthcoming) (sole guest editor).
- Editorial of ‘Conflicts between Religious Freedom and Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination: Should ‘Mere Civility’ Suffice?’ (2021) Oxford Journal of Law and Religion (forthcoming).
- ‘Protecting Solitary Beliefs against Indirect Discrimination’  Industrial Law Journal (available in advance access).
- ‘Conscientious Exemptions: From Toleration to Neutrality; From Neutrality to Respect' (2017) Oxford Journal of Law and Religion 6(2), 268-292.
- ‘A Conscience-Based Human Right to be “Doctor Death”’  Public Law 613, 613-630.
- ‘The BMA’s Guidance on Conscientious Objection May be Contrary to Human Rights Law’ (published on Online First in March 2016)  Journal of Medical Ethics 43(4), 260-263 (special JME issue 'Conscientious Objections').
- ‘SAS v France: Fidelity to Law and Conscience’  (1) European Human Rights Law Review, 78-86.
- ‘Introduction’ in ‘From Toleration to Religious Freedom: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives’ (co-editor) (Peter Lang Publishing, forthcoming 2021).
- ‘Introduction’ in J. Adenitire (ed.), Religious Beliefs and Conscientious Exemptions in a Liberal State (Hart Publishing, June 2019).
- ‘Who Should Give Effect to Conscientious Exemptions? The Case for Institutional Synergy’ in J. Adenitire (ed.), Religious Beliefs and Conscientious Exemptions in a Liberal State (Hart Publishing, June 2019).
- ‘Conscientious Exemptions in a Liberal State’ in J. Adenitire (ed.), Religious Beliefs and Conscientious Exemptions in a Liberal State (Hart Publishing, June 2019).
- 'Ideological Neutrality in the Workplace' (2018) Modern Law Review 81(2), 337–360 (co-authored with Zoe Adams).
- ‘Has the ECHR Recognised a Legal Right to Glance at a Smile?’  Law Quarterly Review 131 (Jan), 43-48.
- Review essay of A. Cochrane, Sentientist Politics (OUP 2018) (2019) Jurisprudence 10(3), 588-596.
- 'The Irrelevance of Religion' (2017) Jurisprudence 8(2), 405-414.
- ‘Between Institutional and Moral Discourse: On Alexy’s Legal Philosophy’  Jurisprudence 4(2), 358-364.
Book Reviews and Reports
- Book review of T. Poole, Reason of State (CUP 2015)  Cambridge Law Journal 75(3), 620-623.
- Book review of R. Masterman and I. Leigh (eds.), The United Kingdom’s Statutory Bill of Rights (UOP/British Academy 2013)  Public Law 591, 591-595.
- Book review of K. Möller, The Global Model of Constitutional Rights (OUP 2012)  Human Rights Law Review 14(1), 159-164.
- (Co-author) ‘Deestoori Ambassadors and Guides Manual’ (Training manual for public engagement in the drafting of a new constitution for Libya)  (Project by the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law; used by Lawyers For Justice in Libya; Printed by White & Case LLP).
- ‘Judicial Independence in Europe: The Swedish, Italian and German Perspectives’ (20,000 words research note)  UCL Constitution Unit, The Politics of Judicial Independence project website (Translated into Bulgarian and available at http://www.sadebnopravo.bg/biblioteka/2016/6/17/-).