Professor Heiner Bielefeldt is a German philosopher, historian and Catholic theologian who studied at Bonn University, Tübingen University and the University of Bremen. He is Professor of Human Rights and Human Rights Policy at the University of Erlangen. From 2003 to 2009, Bielefeldt served as Director of the German Institute for Human Rights, which monitors the human rights situation inside Germany. Since 2009, Bielefeldt has served as professor in the newly created Chair of Human Rights and Human Rights Policy at the University of Erlangen. In June 2010, Professor Bielefeldt was appointed United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief and he continues to serve this mandate. He has published widely in academic journals, most recently with Human Rights Quarterly and the Oxford Journal of Law and Religion.