Georgetown University, US 8-9 October 2015

International Religious Freedom:

Toward a Model of Transatlantic Cooperation

Transatlantic Policy

The 2 day dialogue explored the potential for transatlantic cooperation in promoting international religious freedom. The premise of the dialogue was that over the past five years or so, several European countries, the European Union, as well as Canada have taken up religious freedom in their foreign policies in one way or another, thus following the precedent set by the U.S. Congress in passing the International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA) in 1998. However, differences in approaches among Western democracies are significant, deriving from different understandings of the meaning and reach of religious freedom, religion-state relationships, histories, and domestic controversies.