ADF International

Robert Clarke

Director of European Advocacy

Robert Clarke serves as legal counsel and director of European advocacy for ADF International at its office in Vienna, Austria. He specializes in religious freedom issues and cases before the European Court of Human Rights as well as leading efforts across Europe in defence of life, family, and religious freedom. Prior to joining ADF International, Clarke was counsel for the Nursing and Midwifery Council in London, prosecuting cases of medical misconduct. He qualified as a barrister at 2 Bedford Row in London, specializing in criminal and regulatory law.

During his time at ADF International, Clarke has been involved in more than 15 cases before the UK Supreme Court and Europe’s highest human rights court, the European Court of Human Rights, which has jurisdiction over 47 countries. These cases include Mortier v. Belgium, which is challenging Belgium’s liberal euthanasia laws, and Tonchev v. Bulgaria, which challenges Bulgaria for distributing “educational” fliers to citizens which described the evangelical church as a “dangerous sect.”

Clarke earned his LL.B with American law from the University of Nottingham with honours in 2012, having spent one year at the University of Virginia School of Law. He also completed the Bar Professional Training Course at Nottingham Law School. Clarke completed the ADF leadership development program to become a Blackstone Fellow in 2011. He is qualified as a barrister and is admitted to the Bar of England and Wales.

Clarke is also the editor of a book, The ‘Conscience of Europe?’: Navigating Shifting Tides at the European Court of Human Rights (Kairos, 2017).

The 'Conscience of Europe'?

The ‘Conscience of Europe?’

The European Court of Human Rights has the monumental task of protecting the most fundamental freedoms of more than 800 million citizens across 47 States. That’s a significant challenge given that the Court is asked to reconcile substantial disagreements between these States on controversial issues—and views on marriage, family, sanctity of life, and religious freedom are far less cohesive now than when the European Convention on Human Rights was drafted.


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