International Conferences

International Law And Human Rights

International Conferences


2016 The persecution of Christians in the Middle East and North Africa: Reflections on certain Legal Strategies thru the Prism of Religious Freedom, International Expert Group Meeting of the International Center on Law, Life, Faith and Family held at Ave Maria School of Law, Naples, Florida 4-6 February 2016. Acts of the proceedings published in Ron J. Rychlak and Jane F. Adolphe, eds. the persecution and genocide of christians in the middle east: prevention, prohibition and prosecution (Angelico Press: 2016).


In summer 2014, ISIS waged a bloody blitz through Iraq’s Nineveh province, crucifying, beheading, raping, torturing, forcibly converting to Islam, and driving out every member of the region’s 2000-year-old Christian community. Christian girls, as young as three, were sold at ISIS sex slave markets in Mosul. Ancient churches were burned and ISIS attacked dozens of Christian towns in Syria. The beheading in 2015 of 21 Egyptian Copts was videotaped by ISIS and became a searing, iconic symbol of this wave of persecution that threatens to eradicate Christianity in the Middle East. Many in the West, even Christians, remain unaware of the scale of this persecution, and even fewer know what can be done about it.

Inspired by Pope Francis’s denunciation of these acts as “genocide,” a group of Catholic legal scholars, writers, and theologians began work on The Persecution and Genocide of Christians in the Middle East. Its case studies focus on persecuted Christians, but its analysis equally applies to the other victims. In the United States, military and diplomatic responses are contemplated and sometimes undertaken. But what about the legal system? Are there things we can or should be trying? That question animates this book as it explores various facets of religious persecution, examining ISIS’s ideology and their relationship to Islam as practiced by most Muslims, as well as exploring the nature of religious freedom. Practical, relevant, and rich in ideas, this book addresses the most crucial religious freedom issue of our day. It is a primer for Christians, students of international human rights, and all concerned about religious persecution.


Ms. Jane Adolphe, on behalf of Archbishop Francis Chullikatt, Permanent Observer for the Holy See to the United Nations in New York, delivers the statement of the Holy See at the 2011 High Level Meeting on AIDS General Assembly, United Nations (New York, 8-10 June 2011) 

2015 Equality and Non-discrimination: Catholic Roots, Current Controversies, International Expert Group Meeting of the International Center on Law, Life, Faith and Family held at Ave Maria School of Law, Naples, Florida 19-22 February 2015 (Acts of the proceedings to be published in book form – forthcoming).

2011 The Foundation of Human Rights: Catholic Contributions, Co-sponsored by Ave Maria School Law, Ave Maria University and Sacred Heart Major Seminary, held at Ave Maria University Naples, 3-4 March 2011 (Acts of the Proceedings published in Ave Maria Law Review, (Volume 1) Issue 2 Spring 2012 and (Volume II) Issue 1 Fall 2011.
2008 Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s Apostolic letter “Mulieris Dignitatem (On the Dignity and Vocation of Women)”, co-sponsored by Ave Maria School of Law and the Catholic University Columbus School of Law, held at the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington, D.C., 3-4, 2008 (Acts of the Proceedings published in Ave Maria Law Review  (Volume 1) Issue 1 Fall 2009 and (Volume II) Issue 2 Spring 2010.