Lyal S. Sunga and Nathan C. Walker served as the primary authors of a policy report for the International Development Law Organization titled, Promoting and Protecting the Universal Right to Freedom of Religion or Belief through Law: Current Dilemmas and Lessons Learned.
The project was commissioned and financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of the Italian Republic and presented at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland in March 2014 and in Rome, Italy in the Spring of 2015.
Responders to the report included:
- Maurizio Enrico Serra, Ambassador of Italy to the United Nations in Geneva
- Irene Khan, Director-General, International Development Law Organization
- Heiner Bielefeldt, UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion and Belief
- Silvio Ferrari, Professor of Law and Religion, University of Milan
- Brian J. Grim, President, Religious Freedom & Business Foundation
- Rita Izsák, UN Human Rights Council Independent Expert on minority issues
In November 2016, Nathan C. Walker took part in a panel discussion during the International Development Law Organization’s half-day conference, “Freedom of Religion or Belief: Promoting Peaceful Coexistence Through Human Rights.” The conference, which took place in Rome, was held in conjunction with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. The other panelists were
- Saul Meghnagi, representing the Union of Italian Jewish Communities;
- Paolo Naso, coordinator of the Study Commission of the Federation of Evangelical Churches in Italy;
- Yahya Pallavicini, president of the Italian Islamic Religious Community; and
- Giancarlo Penza, Focal Point for International Affairs, Community of Sant’Egidio.
- The discussion was moderated by Silvio Ferrari, professor of law and religion, University of Milan.