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).
Monograph in preperation
- ‘Sentientist Constitutionalism’ (with Dr Raffael Fasel)
- ‘From Toleration to Religious Freedom: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives’ (co-edited with Marietta Van Der Tol, Carys Brown and Emily Kempson) (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?’ (sole guest editor)  (2) Oxford Journal of Law and Religion.
- ‘The Rule of Law for All Sentient Animals’ (2022) (1) Canadian Journal of Law & Jurisprudence (accepted – forthcoming in 2022)
- Editorial of ‘Conflicts between Religious Freedom and Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination: Should “Mere Civility” Suffice?’  Oxford Journal of Law and Religion 229–237.
- ‘Protecting Solitary Beliefs against Indirect Discrimination’  Industrial Law Journal (available in advance access).
- ‘Conscientious Exemptions: From Toleration to Neutrality; From Neutrality to Respect'  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’  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.
Journal Articles in Preparation
- 'Constitutional Rights for All Sentient Animals’
- ‘A Genealogy of Religious Freedom: Between Liberalism and Political Theology’
- ‘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'  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)  Jurisprudence 10(3), 588-596.
- 'The Irrelevance of Religion'  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.
- (Contributed to legal analysis of Commonwealth jurisdictions) J. van Zyl Smit ‘The Appointment, Tenure and Removal of Judges under Commonwealth Principles: A Compendium and Analysis of Best Practice’ (Report of Research Undertaken by Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law) (July 2015) (Cited by the Indian Supreme Court in Supreme Court Advocates-on-Record Ass’n v. Union of India (2016) 4 SCC 1, at n 531).
- 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/-).
- ‘A Legal Right to Break the Law’ IHSS website (19 January 2021).
- ‘Exiting the EU Constitutionally’ UK Constitutional Law Blog (9th Nov 2016). Presented as a public lectureat Middlesex School of Law on 5 December 2016.
- ‘The Executive Cannot Abrogate Fundamental Rights without Specific Parliamentary Mandate – The Implications of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights for Triggering Art 50’ UK Constitutional Law Blog (21st July 2016). Cited by the House of Lords Select Committee on the Constitution in 'The Invoking of Article 50' 4th Report of Session 2016-17.
- ‘Nurses cannot be Good Catholics’ Journal of Medical Ethics Blog (31 March 2016).
Conference Papers (selection)
- ‘Constitutional Rights for all Animals’ (Invited paper presented at the QMUL Early Career Researchers’ Workshop – 19 February 2021).
- Invited panellist to the Royal Irish Academy conference ‘How Should a Liberal Democracy React to Conscientious Objection Claims?' (11 February 2021).
- ‘Religious Freedom and Gay Rights: Not a Zero-Sum Game’ (Invited paper at the Inclusive Midwest Initiative, Chicago – 22 August 2019).
- ‘The Culture War between Freedom of Conscience and the Right to Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination: the Futility of Toleration’ (Invited paper at the Morrell Centre Workshop ‘A Tolerant Society?’ 20-21 September 2018).
- Research seminar on Chapter 1 of R. Dworkin, Religion without God(HUP 2013) (Cambridge Forum for Legal and Political Philosophy Monthly Seminar, 24 November 2017).
- ‘The Irrelevance of Religion’ (Research seminar at Yale Law School, 20 September 2016).
- ‘Nehushtan’s Unsuccessful Attack on the Liberal Model of Conscientious Exemptions’ (Invited panellist member on book symposium, Law and Religion Scholars Network annual conference, Cardiff, 5 May 2016).
- ‘Three Institutional Schemes for Dealing with Conscientious Objectors to Celebrating Same-Sex Marriages’ (Cambridge Law Faculty, PhD Seminar Series, 1 December 2015).
- ‘The Instrumental Principles of the Rule of Law in Contemporary Pluralistic Societies’ (Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference, Jurisprudence section, Nottingham 2014).