Elizabeth Cassidy

United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, Deputy Director for Policy and Research


Elizabeth K. Cassidy joined the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) in 2007 as the international legal specialist and became deputy director for policy and research in 2009. She manages USCIRF's annual report process and is responsible for a substantive portfolio that includes United Nations issues, international law issues, comparative constitutional law, US refugee and asylum policy, and Western Europe. Before USCIRF, Ms. Cassidy was assistant executive director of UN Watch, a non-governmental organization in Geneva, Switzerland. She also worked as a legal consultant to several human rights NGOs in Windhoek, Namibia. Ms. Cassidy has taught courses at the University of Namibia, Princeton University, and Seton Hall University School of Law, and has authored and co-authored several book chapters and numerous journal and on-line articles, including in the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, the Georgetown Journal of International AffairsOnFaith, and Opinio Juris. Earlier in her career, Ms. Cassidy practiced law in the Washington, DC office of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld and served as a judicial clerk to the Hon. Richard Nygaard of the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the Hon. William Bassler of the US District Court for the District of New Jersey. She holds a BA in international politics from Wesleyan University, a JD from American University's Washington College of Law, and a LLM in comparative constitutional law from the University of Stellenbosch.

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