Did you know the will of the people through a democratic process has not been a determining factor in the international legalization of abortion? Find out more in this review of a compelling new compilation of essays about the legalization of abortion in countries around the world.
Program Director Professor William Saunders provides an in-depth look at where pro-life issues stand in Washington. From the March for Life to Executive Orders and Policies to the Supreme Court, particularly highlighting the June Medical decision and its implications for unborn children.
The Chinese Communist Party Is a Bigger Threat to Humanity Than Coronavirus, and America Must Confront It
In this piece, Chen Guangcheng and William J. Saunders discuss the effects of China’s authoritarian dictatorship on the freedom of its citizens, particularly during the pandemic.
In a joint statement of twenty experts in medicine, law, bioethics, theology, and public policy, M.A. in Human Rights Program Director, William J. Saunders, offers guidance and moral considerations for prioritizing care during the COVID-19 pandemic. When faced with economic crisis and concerns medical care capacity, these professors with myriad expertise apply reason and provide clarity for all of us, especially those in decision-making roles.
M.A. in Human Rights student, Joseph Enzler, reflects on his recent opportunity to attend a meeting of the Commission on Inalienable Rights, formed by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Enzler shares how this experience shaped his view on public policy as he heard from both academic and private sector experts.
Abigail Wilkinson, M.A. in Human Rights student with the IHE, demonstrates the growing need for legislation that respects basic rights as she reflects on her time attending a recent meeting of the Commission on Unalienable Rights. Her reflection is one that challenges us to ask ourselves: who are the people and what are the organizations that are responsible for ensuring rights for all?
The Cardinal Newman Society has a long history of helping students determine the quality of a college program through its Newman Guide, which ranks faithful Catholic colleges and universities. The Catholic University of America is proud to have been featured in the Guide consistently over the years. Now The Cardinal Newman Society is offering scholarships to alumni of Newman Guide recommended colleges. Pursuing a graduate degree just got less expensive.
Student Abigail Wilkinson shares while worldwide abuses against human dignity often discourage her, the joy, diversity, and vision of human flourishing present at the March for Life gave her reasons for hope.
Listen to a recent interview given by Professor William Saunders on the Drew Mariani Show, part of Relevant Radio. Dr. Saunders introduces the M.A. in Human Rights, particularly emphasizing its unique interdisciplinary, Catholic approach.
M.A. student Steven Howard shares his unique perspective about marching for life with fellow Democrats. He sheds light on why he chooses to be part of a party that (mostly) champions abortion rights.
Aleteia, a national Catholic news outlet, recently published an article introducing the M.A. in Human Rights, saying, “Pontifical university creates the first program of its kind.” The article discusses the unique Catholic lens brought to the program as well as its interdisciplinary approach.
A student in the M.A. in Human Rights had an on-the-ground look at this year's March for Life. She offers her thoughts on the group gathered, the dynamics of having President Trump speak, and the right to protest.
Students of the M.A. in Human Rights program had the unique opportunity to meet with Piero Tozzi, Republican Staff Director, and Tom Lantos of the Human Rights Commission. Together, they discussed how it is possible to be a voice for the voiceless while working on the Capitol.
Human Rights Program Director Reflects on the 71st Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
On December 10, 1948, the United Nations General Assembly announced and adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Declaration, adopted unanimously, states certain rights that must be respected, among them the right to life, the right to religious freedom, and the right to marry and found a family. It is a remarkable achievement, reflecting a consensus among the diverse collection of nations that make up the UN, nations that hardly ever agree on anything. But they agreed this time. Why?
Students had the opportunity to hear Rev. Dr. Andrew P.W. Bennett, Director of the Cardus Religious Freedom Institute, on topics ranging from his personal and professional experiences to the decline of Catholicism in Quebec as well as the rise of French-style laïcité in the province, and how that is used to discriminate against Catholics as well as Muslims.
IHE Fellow and director of the program in human rights, William Saunders, J.D., has a new book about legal protection for the basic human right to life. Contributors examine countries in North America, Europe, and Latin America, with a concluding essay by John Finnis.
Saint Josephine Bakhita is the patron saint of the M.A. program because of her fight for freedom and human rights. In the following article, a student reflects on her inclusion in an exhibit at the Museum of the Bible that features those who fought for justice against slavery.
Students recently had the opportunity to meet with Robert George for an enriching discussion about his professional history as well as a whole range of issues including consensus between people with different belief systems; the importance of dialogue; and international efforts to protect human rights.
Students in the Masters of Arts in Human Rights program had the opportunity to meet with Fr. Charles Kitima about the geopolitical situation in Tanzania, particularly the protection of human rights and the role of religious populations within the country's history.
Having aided in the campaign to block pornography on The Catholic University of America’s campus network, I was surprised to find a non-profit dedicated to exactly that. The work NOSCE does is a benefit for all of society and its staff should receive much praise for their accomplishments. They have successfully gotten billion-dollar companies to remove pornographic content from their platforms...
While pursuing her M.A. in Human Rights, Abigail Wilkinson has had an extraordinary opportunity: to gain wisdom from human rights activist Chen Guangcheng. She is helping him improve his English language skills, which will, in turn, enable him to more effectively share his experiences in China. In the following blog, she writes about this enriching experience.
Lucia Silecchia discussed with Catholic University’s new MA in Human Rights students on the topics of environmental law and ethics. She shared with them her interest in environmental law and duty to preserve God’s creation.
William Saunders, J.D., Director of the Program in Human Rights, comments on the Supreme Court's October 4 decision to review a Louisiana abortion case. "Two and a half years ago, the court decided Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt. In that decision, the high court struck down a Texas law that, among other things, required abortionists to have admitting privileges in a local hospital. The two cases seem more or less identical. What has changed? Why would the court consider the issue again?"
Last month, the IHE held its second Annual Lecture on Human Rights, "Thirty Years after Tiananmen Square: Human Rights in China Today." William Saunders, J. D., Director of the Program in Human Rights, hosted speaker Chen Guangcheng, the blind human rights activist and Chinese dissident known internationally as "the barefoot lawyer."
Chen Guangcheng, Fellow and Chinese human rights activist, has called for a renewed focus on the country’s practices of mass detention, religious oppression, and reports of organ harvesting.
Mississippi Catholic recently posted an article by CNS about the MA in Human Rights Program at Catholic University. Quoted are both Program Director William Saunders, J.D. and Assoc. Professor Bradley Lewis.
Watch William Saunders, JD, on EWTN News Nightly on the occasion of the anniversary of the beatification of Saint Bakhita, patroness of the MA in Human Rights at The Catholic University of America.
Program Director William Saunders greets the Apostolic Nuncio to the U.S., Most Rev. Christophe Pierre
The meeting between the two took place on March 13, 2019 at the Vatican Embassy in DC. Graduates from our M.A. in Human Rights will help bring the Catholic perspective to bear in the international arena.
Professor Robert George Addresses Human Rights in Conversation with Program Director William Saunders
More than 80 students, faculty, and members of the local community gathered for a discussion of human rights and religious liberty with Robert George, Princeton University’s McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence.
New Program Teaches the Catholic Perspective on Human Rights – Witnessing Discipleship of Mercy and Love
William Saunders, JD, of The Catholic University of America's Institute of Human Ecology discusses the new Master of Arts in Human Rights program in an interview with Relevant Radio.
In my estimation the strategic project of the next century (100 years) is the movement of fathers taking unto themselves alone, the sexual formation of their sons, resulting in sons capable of being great husbands and fathers.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations in 1948 in the wake of the atrocities of World War II, is the foundation of religious liberty worldwide and also covers the rights of nonbelievers.