Religious Freedom in the World
Baroness Berridge of the Vale of Catmose, Founding Chair, All Party Parliamentary Group on International Freedom of Religion or Belief; Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, Director, James Madison Program, Princeton University
Elizabeth Berridge became Baroness Berridge of the Vale of Catmose on January 20, 2011 and is a working peer, an informal title for those whose main work is their role in the House of Lords. She sits on the Joint Committee for Human Rights, is a member of the London Policing Ethics Panel, and the founding Chair of the All Party Group on International Freedom of Religion and Belief. Born and educated in the county of Rutland, she attended The Vale of Catmose College, a local comprehensive school followed by Rutland College, after which she earned a place at Emmanuel College, Cambridge University, to read Law. She undertook Barrister’s training at the Inns of Court Law School in London and practiced at Kings Chambers in Manchester, specialising in personal injury and licensing law. 2005 saw a transition for her to both London and politics, when she became Executive Director of the Conservative Christian Fellowship (CCF), a membership organization that serves as a relational bridge between the Conservative Party and the Christian community. Since 2012, she has become a key voice in the deepening worldwide discussion on freedom of religion and belief as defined in Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 2014 saw the beginning of a partnership between the British APPG and United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, which resulted in the launch of an International Panel of Parliamentarians (from 18 different countries), of which she is Chair, whose pledge is to work together to end belief-based persecution worldwide. In addition to her Parliamentary work, she is a trustee of the think tank British Future, which focuses on identity, integration, migration and opportunity. She is a member of the advisory council of the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East, and an active member of her local Church, St. Michaels, Chester Square. She has lived in Trinidad, Tobago, and Ghana, and continues a special friendship with British African Caribbean and British African Church leaders.
Robert P. George holds Princeton's McCormick Chair in Jurisprudence and is the director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions. He is vice chairman of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). He has served on the President’s Council on Bioethics and as a presidential appointee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights. He has also served on UNESCO’s World Commission on the Ethics of Science and Technology, of which he continues to be a corresponding member. He is a former Judicial Fellow at the Supreme Court of the United States, where he received the Justice Tom C. Clark Award. He is the author of In Defense of Natural Law, Making Men Moral: Civil Liberties and Public Morality, The Clash of Orthodoxies: Law, Religion and Morality in Crisis, Conscience and Its Enemies: Confronting the Dogmas of Liberal Secularism, and co-author of Embryo: A Defense of Human Life, Body-Self Dualism in Contemporary Ethics and Politics, What is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense, and Conjugal Union: What Marriage Is and Why It Matters. His scholarly articles and reviews have appeared in such journals as the Harvard Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, the Columbia Law Review, the American Journal of Jurisprudence, and the Review of Politics. Professor George is a recipient of many honors and awards, including the Presidential Citizens Medal, the Honorific Medal for the Defense of Human Rights of the Republic of Poland, the Canterbury Medal of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, the Sidney Hook Memorial Award of the National Association of Scholars, the Philip Merrill Award of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, the Bradley Prize for Intellectual and Civic Achievement, and the Stanley Kelley, Jr. Teaching Award from Princeton's Department of Politics. He has given honorific lectures at Harvard, Yale, University of St. Andrews, and Cornell University. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and holds honorary doctorates of law, ethics, science, letters, divinity, civil law, humane letters, and juridical science. A graduate of Swarthmore College and Harvard Law School, he also received a master’s degree in theology from Harvard and a doctorate in philosophy of law from Oxford University.