The Establishment Clause Overseas

Religious Liberties Practice Group Teleforum

How much, if at all, does the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause constrain what the United States can do overseas?  In a world where religious groups often participate in the operations and elections of foreign governments, and in a global struggle against violent Islamism that often requires cooperation with moderate Muslim groups, this question is more important than ever.

Join us for a Teleforum discussion featuring Nathan Forrester and David Buckley. Mr. Forrester analyzes these types of legal questions at the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel. Professor Buckley has written about this question and returned last year from the State Department’s Office of Religion in Global Affairs, where the question was frequently considered and sometimes debated. Prof. Justin Walker of Brandeis School of Law will moderate.


David Buckley, Assistant Professor, Paul Weber Endowed Chair in Politics, Science & Religion, University of Louisville

Nathan Forrester, Attorney-Adviser, Office of Legal Counsel, U.S. Department of Justice

Moderator: Prof. Justin Walker, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law


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