International Law And Human Rights

AMSL and The Holy See (Chronological Order)

Cardinal Edward Egan, Archbishop Emeritus of New York, was a member of the Board of Directors of Ave Maria School of Law from 2002 to 2015. Early on, he graciously donated a prestigious collection of canon law book to the library, and in 2014, received an Honorary Degree from Ave Maria School of Law. He passed away 5 March 2015, bequeathing a generous amount to the library.



Archbishop Renato Martino, Head of the Permanent Observer Mission to the United Nations in New York, as he then was, gave a presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists held at Ave Maria School of Law and then held a question and answer session with students of Ave Maria School of Law, 26-27 October 2001.



Cardinal Francis Eugene George, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago, as he then was, contributed the seminal article Law and Culture for the inaugural edition of the Ave Maria Law Review, which is devoted to the study of law from the perspective of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, founded as it is, upon divine natural law, the source of all law. The article was published in AVE MARIA LAW REVIEW, VOLUME 1, ISSUE 1, 2003 and available at http://lr.avemarialaw.edu/Home/issues.



Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, who later became Pope Benedict XVI, invited Ave Maria School of Law to hold a conference on the natural law. The proceeding of the conference have been published in book form: JANE ADOLPHE, ROBERT FASTIGGI, MICHAEL VACCA, EDS., ST. PAUL, THE NATURAL LAW AND CONTEMPORARY LEGAL THEORY, [Hard Cover] (Lexington: 2012).



Cardinal Renato Martino, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, as he then was, contributed the article The Church and International Order to the "Symposium: Just War in Modern Times," which was published in AVE MARIA LAW REVIEW, VOLUME 2, ISSUE I, SPRING 2004 available at http://lr.avemarialaw.edu/Home/issues.



Cardinal López Trujillo, President of the Pontifical Council for the Family, as he then was, contributed an article The Nature of Marriage and Its Various Aspects to a symposium devoted to the study and reflection of his article. The scholarly articles were published in AVE MARIA LAW REVIEW and are available at http://lr.avemarialaw.edu/Home/issues.



Rev. Monsignor Bernard Anthony Hebda, Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, as he then was, gave a lecture on the Mission and Role of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts at Ave Maria School of Law, Naples, Florida (2010).



Cardinal Ennio Antonelli, President of the Pontifical Council for the Family, as he then was, gave the opening message (via video tape) to the participants of a conference co-organized by Ave Maria School of Law, Ave Maria University, and Sacred Heart Major Seminary. The conference "Foundation of Human Rights: Catholic Contributions" was held at Ave Maria University, in Ave Maria, Florida, 3-4 March, 2011. The scholarly articles were published in AVE MARIA LAW REVIEW (VOLUME I) ISSUE 2 SPRING 2012 and ISSUE 1 FALL 201 and are available at http://lr.avemarialaw.edu/Home/issues.



Rev. Msgr. Grzegorz Kaszak, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Family, as he then was, addressed the participants at a conference co-sponsored by Ave Maria School of Law and the Catholic University Columbus School of Law. It was devoted to the Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s Apostolic letter "Mulieris Dignitatem (On the Dignity and Vocation of Women)" and held at the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington, D.C., 3-4, 2008. The acts of the proceedings, published in AVE LAW REVIEW, are available on line (VOLUME 1) ISSUE 1 FALL 2009 and (VOLUME 2) ISSUE 2 SPRING 2010 available online at http://lr.avemarialaw.edu/Home/issues.



Cardinal Raymond Burke, Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signature, as he then was, address students and faculty of Ave Maria School of Law on the topic: Teaching the Law at a Catholic University: Faith, Reason and Service to Justice (18 January 2011).



Cardinal Francis Arinze, Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, received an honorary degree from Ave Maria School of Law and addressed the graduating class of 2014. (Add link to the Message in English see attachment I)



Professors Serving the Holy See

Jane Adolphe

Since 2011, Professor Adolphe has been based in Rome working as an expert on human rights for the Papal Secretariat of State, Second Section: Relations with States in Vatican City State. Prior to this appointment she worked as a consultant to the Secretariat of State, Second Section: Relations with States on human rights issues within the United Nations System. Over the years she has attended various conferences organized by the Dicastries and Departments of the Holy See within Vatican City State either as a speaker, moderator or participant. In addition, she has been a member of the Holy See delegation to various European and International meetings and conferences. (For further details see her Faculty Profile webpage).



Brian Scarnecchia

Over the years, Professor Scarnecchia has participated as a member of Catholic inspired non-governmental organizations (NGOs) at international conferences and meetings within the United Nations System, in both Geneva and New York. On these occasions, his work with the NGOs has sought to support the efforts of the Holy See delegations and missions. He has also participated in various conferences and meetings devoted to Catholic inspired NGOS, organized by the Papal Secretariat of State, in Rome, Italy.

Since 2004 Professor Scarnecchia has been the main NGO (non-governmental organization) representative of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists (SCSS) to the United Nations. He is also the founding president of International Solidarity and Human Rights Institute (ISHRI) which has special consultative status with the United Nations and the Organization of American States. He has trained and taken hundreds of university and law school students to the UN to lobby and participate as NGOs on behalf of the organizations he represents. "(For further details see his Faculty Profile webpage).



Former AMSL Students Serving the Holy See

Geoffrey Strickland

Geoffrey Bedford Strickland, J.D., J.C.L., serves as International Associate and Rome Office Director for Priests for Life/Gospel of Life Ministries and as collaborator with the Pontifical Council for the Family. His research and publications pertain to the state of the family in the modern world and the dignity of human life in all periods of its existence. In his role as Rome Office Director and International Associate, he provides research and analysis of canonical and international legal themes pertaining to family and life issues. In his role as collaborator with the Pontifical Council for the Family, he has provided research and analysis regarding legal issues pertaining to the family and human dignity in the modern world, compiling an international legal database (organized by topic, region, and law), focusing upon areas pertaining to the family, human life in all periods of its existence, demographics, and gender ideologies. He assists in language related work (translation and interpretation) of Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, and Arabic, as well as in English language media efforts.



Michael Vacca

Michael Arthur Vacca holds a J.D. from Ave Maria School of Law in 2010 where he concentrated on laws and policies affecting the human person and the family as well as Catholic social teaching. He holds a B.A. from Hillsdale College in Political Science and English literature. From October 2010 Through October 2012, he lived in Rome and worked for the Pontifical Council for the Family defending human life and the family. He is the author of an article published in an Italian bioethics journal Medicina e Morale entitled, "A Reexamination of Conscience Protections in Healthcare," the co-author of an article published in the Ave Maria School of Law International Law Journal entitled, "Best Practices: Laws Protecting Human Life and the Family Around the Globe" and the co-editor of a book entitled "St. Paul, the Natural Law, and Contemporary Legal Theory" published by Lexington Books. He has appeared as a guest speaker on various Catholic programs discussing the topic of natural law and Catholic social teaching. Currently, he promotes the New Evangelization by doing membership development for Christ Medicus Foundation (CMF) CURO, a Catholic health sharing ministry, and serves as the intercessory prayer advocate for Sidewalk Advocates for Life, a 501(c)(3) non profit.