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April 28, 2021

Palliative and Hospice Care from a Catholic Perspective

On 27 April 2021, William Saunders, J.D., director of the M.A. Program in Human Rights, led a conversation among Catholic ethicists Dr. Jozef Zalot (National Catholic Bioethics Center) and Dr. Myles Sheehan (Pellegrino Center for Clinical Ethics; Georgetown Medical School), on the definition and scope of palliative and hospice care from a Catholic perspective.
April 13, 2021

William Saunders on Court Decision on DC Churches

William Saunders, J.D., Program Director of the M.A. in Human Rights thanks the Archdiocese of Washington for bringing the case to court.
March 31, 2021

Why a Master of Arts in Human Rights – Information Session Video

On 31 March 2021, the Institute for Human Ecology hosted a live online information session to answer your questions about our M.A. in Human Rights Program. During the session, Program Director William Saunders and IHE Fellow Dr. Jennifer Frey discussed the program and took live questions from viewers.
March 13, 2021

Students Meet with Human Rights Practitioners

This past month, students heard from Yuri Mantilla, Professor of Law and the Director of Online Programs and Global Initiatives at Liberty University School of Law.
March 10, 2021

Covid, the Courts, and Religious Liberty

William Saunders, J.D., Program Director of the M.A. in Human Rights, and Mark Rienzi, president of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and faculty member in our M.A. in Human Rights, host a Faith & Law Friday Forum on the pandemic, religious liberty, and the courts.
November 13, 2020

The Pope and the Bomb: The Ethics of Nuclear Deterrence

Dr. Keown led a lively lecture on the ethics of nuclear deterrence from a natural law perspective
August 20, 2020

Democratic Lawmaking and the Creation of International Abortion Rights

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.
June 4, 2020

Washington Insider – Pro-life Issues

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.
May 8, 2020

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. 
April 20, 2020

Moral Guidance on Prioritizing Care During a 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.

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