Elizabeth K. Cassidy

Elizabeth K. Cassidy

Director of Research and Policy
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lizabeth K. Cassidy is Director of Research and Policy at the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. She oversees USCIRF’s research and publications and the development and promotion of USCIRF’s policy recommendations. Her substantive expertise includes the International Religious Freedom Act, international organization issues, international and comparative law issues, and refugee and asylum policy.  Ms. Cassidy lectures regularly in the United States and abroad on religious freedom and related human rights and has authored and co-authored book chapters and articles on these topics, including in the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, the Review of Faith and International Affairs, OnFaith, and Opinio Juris.  She conducts periodic training sessions for officials from the U.S. Departments of State, Homeland Security, and Justice and served on the State Department’s Religion and Foreign Policy Working Group in 2014-2015.  She joined USCIRF’s staff in 2007.

Previously, Ms. Cassidy was Assistant Executive Director of UN Watch, a non-governmental organization in Geneva, Switzerland.  She also worked as a legal consultant to human rights NGOs in Windhoek, Namibia and taught courses at the University of Namibia, Princeton University, and Seton Hall University School of Law.  Earlier in her career, Ms. Cassidy practiced law in the Washington, D.C. office of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld and was a judicial clerk to the Hon. Richard Nygaard of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the Hon. William Bassler of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.  She holds a B.A. in international politics from Wesleyan University, a J.D. from American University's Washington College of Law, and a LL.M in comparative constitutional law from the University of Stellenbosch.