Joelle’s has worked with intergovernmental organisations, parliaments, national governments, non-governmental organisations as well as human rights defenders, academics, lawyers, think tanks, law-enforcement officials, business and faith leaders.
Recent researches include:

A legal analysis of over 70 blasphemy laws from around the world. This study evaluates the language and content of the laws across the globe to understand what aspects of these laws adhere to—or deviate from—international and human rights law principles. In cooperation with the Cardozo Law Institute in Holocaust and Human Rights, Joelle created a set of indicators to measure adherence or non-adherence to international and human rights principles. She helped draft a coding questionnaire, supervised the coding process carried out by the students and co-authored the findings of the study. The report also situates the select findings within the political and cultural contexts that shape how blasphemy laws may be implemented in practice. To be published soon!


Freedom of speech, commentary around religion & social media.This analysis paper explores the intersections between two rights in the digital age: freedom of religion or belief and freedom of opinion and expression. It explores how the private sector (tech companies) can contribute to upholding those rights, in particular when Internet users are accused of committing blasphemy or posting commentary around religion online. The use of technology raises new policy stakes around censorship and surveillance--this paper explores how to better protect Internet users and provides recommendations to tech companies and the U.S. Government.    


France in 2015, the impact of the terror attacks: How were the attacks against Charlie Hebdo and Hyper Cacher viewed by the international community—especially across public opinion in the United States and across several Islamic states? Why is there so much anger in the world against Charlie Hebdo? Why is France’s anti-clerical sense of humour and legal culture around free speech so distinct? Do international perceptions of France change with the attack against the Bataclan in November 2015? This paper attempts to answer these burning questions and highlights France’s image in the world. 


Security and freedom: What are the various ways to conceive of the interrelationship between security and freedom of religion or belief? How is it possible to uphold both freedoms, in an era when security measures designed to protect national security violates freedom of religion or belief? How can both rights be strengthened, rather than weakened?

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