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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

  • February 25, 2016


    Destro comments on the legal battle over privacy between Apple and the FBI.

  • February 22, 2016


    Destro commented on the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

  • June 18, 2015

    Diane Rehm Show (radio)

    On Laudato Si: Well, you know, just from the short amount of time I've been able to look at it, it's going to be pretty hard for any of the bishops to avoid this discussion because he really does lay out -- you know, he doesn't really focus on the environment, as such, he focuses on human beings as a part of the environment. And there really is a - there really is, even for the most conservative side of the spectrum, there's a lot to sink your teeth into here, and I think that the longer people are silent actually the better it is because we really want people to engage the issues that he's suggesting that we engage.

  • May 18, 2015

    National Catholic Register

    "According to Robert Destro, a law professor and founding director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Law and Religion at CUA’s Columbus School of Law, the district is now locked in a collision course toward legal action that will be costly for all sides. “We’re not going to be able to live with it,” he said, adding that the legal course boils down to “only two options.” “You can either wait for them to sue you, or you can sue them." "

  • February 18, 2015

    National Catholic Register

    "Destro said the Feb. 9 decision does not necessarily mean the Supreme Court will rule same-sex 'marriage' to be the law of the land, as the high court did in its 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade that legalized abortion. However, Destro noted that same-sex 'marriage' advocates are seeking to influence the high court’s thinking by changing the 'facts on the ground' in states where same-sex couples are already receiving marriage licenses."

  • December 11, 2014

    National Catholic Register

    Destro was interviewed about an amendment to the D.C. Human Rights Act and how it affects religious liberty.

  • September 10, 2014

    Catholic News Service

    Church leaders, politicians, laity meet in D.C. on behalf of Mideast Christians

  • September 9, 2014


    Catholic scholar: Obama can't ignore militants' Islamic appeal

  • September 4, 2014

    National Catholic Register

    Regulating Abortion Facilities

  • July 31, 2014

    Religion News Service

    Destro was quoted in a story on the challenge to the Hobby Lobby ruling by Satanists.

  • July 14, 2014

    National Catholic Reporter

    Destro was quoted in a story on the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court Case.

  • July 10, 2014

    National Catholic Register

    Destro was interviewed on the implications of the White House's promised EDNA executive order on Catholic organizations.

  • July 1, 2014


    Destro published an op-ed on the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court Case.

  • June 30, 2014

    Kresta in the Afternoon on Ave Maria Radio

    Destro was interviewed on regarding the Hobby Lobby decision announced by the Supreme Court on June 30.


  • 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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