Rebeca Vázquez Gómez, J.D., Ph.D., Research Fellow
Rebeca Vázquez Gómez is a Religious Freedom & Business Foundation Research Fellow. She holds a PhD in Law and received the PhD Extraordinary Award from the University of A Coruña (Spain) in 2013. She was a researcher on law and religion at the same institution for some years and enjoyed several scholarships to carry out her PhD studies. She has completed research stays at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Complutense University of Madrid, and Autonomous University of Madrid. Currently, she is an independent researcher and lawyer.
Rebeca is the author of El uso de símbolos como ejercicio del derecho de libertad religiosa en el ordenamiento jurídico italiano (Aranzadi – Thomson Reuters in 2012) that analyzes the personal use of different symbols, from the burqa to the sij knife and turban, through the burqini or the hijab, as an exercise of the right to religious freedom in the Italian legal system.
Rebeca’s most recent articles concern the presence of religious symbols in public spaces as well as the relation between religious and civil powers in the English colonies of North America. She has presented papers on these matters at different international conferences in the United States, Poland, Czech Republic, Israel and elsewhere.
She is currently studying the balance between workers’ religious freedom and company’s interests at the European Court of Human Rights.