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Religious Freedom

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Freedom of religion or belief is viewed by the international community as a basic human right, yet its manifestations vary greatly from society to society. These resources examine and debate the contours of religious freedom; the evolution of international religious freedom policy; and the relationship between religious liberty and democracy, politics, and social and economic development.

Our Experts

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Shaun Casey

Senior Fellow
Walsh School of Foreign Service

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David Hollenbach

Senior Fellow
Walsh School of Foreign Service and Department of Theology and Religious Studies

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Michael Kessler

Executive Director
Department of Government and Georgetown Law

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Project Spotlight Program

Religious Freedom Project

Religious Freedom Project

The Religious Freedom Project (RFP) at Georgetown University's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs was the nation's only university-based program devoted exclusively to the analysis of religious freedom.

Publications

Lesson Plan February 1, 2021

Religious Freedom and Conscience Exemptions

This curricular module guide introduces conscience exemptions as a pillar of law in the United States and highlights how the legal pursuit of religious freedom is a necessarily imperfect process.

Videos

May 4, 2021

The Politics of Vulnerability (Video)

Duration: 1 hours 0 minutes

April 15, 2021

Governance of Religious Diversity (Video)

Duration: 1 hours 3 minutes

March 15, 2021

The Panorama of Religious Freedom and Practice in Cuba (Video)

Duration: 1 hours 4 minutes

Current and Past Projects

Hebrew Writing

Historical Origins of Religious Freedom

An adequate understanding of the contemporary significance of religious freedom requires a grasp of its history and institutionalization over time. While the idea of religious freedom grows out of the Classical and Judeo-Christian traditions, it…
Under Caesar's Sword

Under Caesar's Sword

In collaboration with the Center for Civil and Human Rights at the University of Notre Dame, the Religious Freedom Research Project has engaged in a three-year global research project that investigated how Christian communities respond when their religious freedom is severely violated.