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Robert Destro

Robert A. Destro, J.D.

Professor of Law

Phone: 202-319-5202

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• International Human Rights
• Freedom of Religion
• Freedom of Speech
• Freedom of Association
• Bioethics
• Marriage Law
• Civil Rights

School: Columbus School of Law

Media Appearances

  • September 27, 2012

    Voice of America

    Destro is interviewed about freedom of expression following street protests in some Islamic countries over a video made in the United States that many Muslims consider disrespectful to their religion.

  • April 12, 2012

    National Public Radio

    Destro was among the guests on the NPR’s Diane Rehm Show, as he and fellow guests debated a Tennessee science education law.


  • 2002

    Religious Liberty in a Pluralistic Society

    Professor Destro writes about the history of law and religion in the United States and examines the statutes and case law governing religious liberty in a variety of settings, including education, the workplace, tax, the courtroom, property, and the corporate boardroom.

A leading authority on civil rights and discrimination
Robert A. Destro is Professor of Law and founding Director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Law & Religion at Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law. From 1983 to 1989 he served as a commissioner on the United States Commission on Civil Rights, and led the commission's discussions in the areas of discrimination on the basis of disability, national origin and religion.

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