Free expression of religious traditions discussed

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Spring 20-9-2007

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney

Publication Place



Kevin “Seamus” Hasson, founder and chairman of The Becket Fund addressed a gathering at The University of Notre Dame’s Sydney Campus recently on the issue of ‘Religious Liberty’.

Mr Hasson is visiting Australia to promote the work of the newly established Ambrose Centre for Religious Liberty which is an organisation founded in Australia with common purpose to The Becket Fund.

The Becket Fund was established in 1994 in the United States and is dedicated to ‘the protection of values upheld by religious bodies such as human life and freedom to follow the principles of one’s faith’.

It is an influential non-profit, non-partisan, interfaith, public interest law firm which defends the free expression of all religious traditions through litigation, the media and scholarship.

Before founding The Becket Fund, Seamus was an attorney in Washington D.C. He served in the office of Legal Counsel at the Justice Department where he advised the White House and Cabinet departments on church-state relations.

Mr Hasson who is based in Washington D.C. spoke on the challenges internationally to traditional values and appealed for practical support for the newly-establishedcentre.

Second year law student and Careers and Education Vice President for the Notre Dame Sydney Law Society, Madeline Callan reflects, “Events like these provide students with a great forum to meet practising professionals. I was very impressed with how approachable influential guests were and the openness with which they were willing to speak about the law profession."

The event was held in association with the Guild of St Luke, Order of Malta, Knights of the Southern Cross, St Thomas More Society, Notre Dame Sydney School of Law, Religious Freedom Institute and the Order of the Holy Sepulchre.