Paul Coleman serves as executive director of ADF International from its headquarters in Vienna, overseeing the advocacy and operations of the global, alliance-building legal organization.
Censored addresses the rise of so-called ‘hate speech’ laws throughout Europe and their devastating effect on freedom of speech. In Germany, for example, committing an ‘insult’ is a criminal offence and in Poland offending ‘religious feelings’ carries a two year prison sentence. In Cyprus, anyone who promotes ‘feelings of ill will’ may be committing a crime, while in Sweden anyone who expresses ‘contempt’ towards a group of people may be imprisoned.More...
The Global Human Rights Landscape: A Short Guide to Understanding the International Organizations and the Opportunities for Engagement
Throughout the world today, marriage is being redefined by national courts and governments, religious liberty is severely threatened, and abortion is routinely promoted as a ‘human right’. The international organizations that were established in the 20th century to protect fundamental human rights are instead in some areas being used to undermine them. This short guide seeks to answer three questions: What are the international and regional human rights institutions that exist around the world, why do they matter and how can individuals and organizations get involved?
In The News
The Daily Signal: The Rise of ‘Hate Speech’ Policing in Europe
Christian Today: German Christian family loses appeal over homeschooling
The Tablet: Parliamentarians call for asylum for Asia Bibi
The Federalist Society: EU ‘Incitement to Hate’ Policies: Targets, Cases, and Consequences
The Daily Caller: European court of human rights affirms church self-governance
National Review: Liberty Files Podcast on “Hate Speech”
Debating Europe: Where should the limits to freedom of speech be set?
Deputy Director (Advocacy)
Robert Clarke serves as Deputy Directory (Advocacy) for ADF International at its office in Vienna, Austria.
Senior Counsel, Europe
Adina Portaru serves as senior counsel, Europe, for ADF International in Belgium, where she leads the work in Brussels with a particular focus on advocacy at the international institutions in Europe.
Meghan Fischer is a legal consultant to ADF International on global religious freedom and UN matters.
Legal Counsel, United Nations
Ralph Rodriguez serves as legal counsel, United Nations, for ADF International. He works at UN Headquarters in New York, providing legal resources to UN diplomats in the Second and Third Committees, ECOSOC Commissions, and other special sessions.