On Monday, October 5th, Associate Professor Clifford Bob from the Duquesne Political Science Department spoke to members of Widener Law’s faculty on the Delaware campus. Entitled “Lawyers, Gays, and Money: The Christian Right and the Transnational Battle over LGBT Rights,” Professor Bob’s presentation looked at the effects of transnational activism by conservative non-governmental organizations.
In discussing his research for a forthcoming book, Dr. Bob noted that past works on the subject of transnational activism have focused on non-governmental organizations on the left, saying, “Half the picture is missing, and worse, you miss the clash between the two sides.” Discussing the difference in the way that groups on the political right approach the potential influence of International Law, he noted that conservative groups tend to view it as a “threat” and “see themselves as opposing stealth UN activism.”
The talk touched on how activist non-governmental organizations attempt to lobby international organizations such as the United Nations and the European Union, and he cited the increasing efforts of groups such as C-Fam, the World Congress of Families, the Alliance Defense Fund, and the American Center for Law & Justice. Dr. Bob cited the case of Swedish Pastor Åke Green, who received legal help American groups that filed amicus briefs on his behalf after he violated a Swedish law prohibiting speech that subjected homosexuals as a group to expressions of disdain.
Dr. Bob earned his B.A. from Harvard University, his J.D. from New York University School of Law, and his Ph.D. in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the author of The Marketing of Rebellion: Insurgents, Media, and International Activism
which has won several prizes, including the 2007 International Studies Association's Best Book Award. He is also the editor of The International Struggle for New Human Rights
and has written articles for American Journal of International Law
, The Los Angeles Times
, The International Herald Tribune
, The San Francisco Examiner
, The Sidney Morning Herald
, The South China Morning Post
, and The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette