Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Heiner Bielefeldt (*1958) studied Philosophy, Catholic Theology and History and received his PhD and habilitation degrees in Philosophy (by the Universities of Tübingen and Bremen, respectively). Between 2003 and 2009 he served as Director of the German Institute for Human Rights, which is Germany’s officially accredited National Human Rights Institution. In October 2009 he took the newly established chair for human rights and human rights politics at the University of Erlangen- Nürnberg. In August 2010 he also assumed the position of the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief. He is a founding director of the MA Human Rights at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg.