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Religious Freedom and Human Rights

27 February 1998

t.gif (986 bytes)he Interdisciplinary Program in Law and Religion at The Catholic University of America's law school and the Center for the Study of Human Right at Columbia University will spearhead the "Inter-University Research Services Project on Religious Freedom and Public Policy."

The project will provide student research support for members of the State Department's Advisory Committee on Religious Freedom Abroad. Funded by a $30,000 grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts, the project will be chaired by Robert A. Destro, a Catholic University professor of law and director of the Law and Religion Program, and coordinated by Paul Martin, executive director of Columbia's human rights center.

In addition to Catholic University and Columbia, the participating universities are Baylor, Brigham Young, DePaul, and Emory. Program associates are the United States Institute of Peace, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and the Department of State.

Graduate and law students from each of the participating institutions will do the research.

The Catholic University of America, in Washington, D.C., is a unique academic center: the national university of the Catholic Church and the nation's only university established by the U.S. Catholic Church bishops. Founded in 1887 as a graduate and research institution, the university began offering undergraduate programs in 1904. Today the campus has approximately 6,200 students from all states and more than 100 countries enrolled in 10 schools.

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