Elizabeth Clark

Associate Director for the International Center for Law and Religion Studies

As Associate Director of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies, Professor Clark has taken part in drafting commentaries and legal analyses of pending legislation and developments affecting religious freedom and has written an amicus brief on international religious freedom issues for the U.S. Supreme Court. Professor Clark has co-taught classes on Comparative Law, Comparative Constitutional Law, International Human Rights, and European Union law. She has published numerous articles and book chapters on church-state issues and has been an associate editor of three major books: Facilitating Freedom of Religion and Belief: A Deskbook and two books on law and religion in post-Communist Europe. Professor Clark has also testified before Congress on religious freedom issues.

Prior to joining the Law School, Professor Clark was an associate in the Washington, D.C., office of Mayer, Brown & Platt, where she was a member of the Appellate and Supreme Court Litigation Group. Professor Clark also clerked for Judge J. Clifford Wallace on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Contact Information

Expertise

  • Comparative Church and State
  • International Religious Rights

Courses Taught

  • Comparative Law
  • European Union Law
  • International Human Rights
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Securities
  • Law Office Mgmnt
  • J. Reuben Clark and the Law
  • Advanced Comparative Law
  • Advanced Comparative Law II
  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • Intro. Legal Res. and Writing
  • Introduction to Advocacy

Education

  • J.D., Brigham Young University, 1997
  • B.A., Brigham Young University, 1994

Publications

  • Liberalism in Decline: Legislative Trends Limiting Religious Freedom in Russia and Central Asia, 22 Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems 2 (Summer 2013).
  • Religion and the European Union: Two European Books and Comparative Reflections from Across the Atlantic,, (review essay) 28 Journal of Law and Religion 2 (2013).
  • The Spirit of the Law: Religious Voices and the Constitution in Modern America, (book review) 27 Journal of Law and Religion 1 (2011-12).
  • Plus ça change: Fraud, Religion, and Law in France, Bridges (2007).
  • Religious Monopolies and the Commodification of Religion, Pepperdine Law Review 32.4 (May 2005): 885-943 (with Brett Scharffs and Shima Baradaran).
  • Religious Monopolies and the Commodification of Religion, 11 Int’l Trade and Bus. L. Rev. (2005) (with Brett Scharffs and Shima Baradaran).
  • Religious Liberty—Developments in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union, Church Development in the Developing World (Brigham Young University: David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies, 2004).
  • A Place of Protest or Peace, Liberty (May/June 2003).
  • A License to Speak?: The Jehovah's Witnesses' Challenge to Licensing Requirements in Stratton, Liberty (May 2002).
  • Church -State Relations in the Czech Republic: Past Turmoil and Present Transformation, 1996 BYU L. Rev. 1019.
  • Foreign Arbitration Clauses and Foreign Forum Selection Clauses in Bills of Lading Governed by COGSA:Vimar Seguros y Reaseguros,S.A. v. M/V Sky Reefer, 1996 BYU L. Rev. 483.

Experience

  • Associate Director, BYU International Center for Law and Religion 2000-present
  • Associate, Maeyer, Brown and Platt, 1998-2000
  • Judical Clerk, Judge J. Clifford Wallace, United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, 1997-98
  • Legal Intern, Department of Churches, Ministry of Culture, Czech Republic 1995