The Project for Constitutional Originalism and the Catholic Intellectual Tradition

The Project on Constitutional Originalism and the Catholic Intellectual Tradition is an initiative for the study of ways in which the United States Constitution’s original, distinctly American vision of ensuring the protection and flourishing of the human person emulates important aspects of the Catholic intellectual tradition. Using the lens of U.S. history, culture, and originalism scholarship, affiliated faculty and students will study the compatibility of the Constitution and Catholic thought over a wide range of constitutional issues.

For further information contact Associate Director Camden White at


The Bakhita Initiative

The Bakhita Initiative for the Study and Disruption of Slavery contributes applied scholarship to this modern-day form of exploitation. Named after St. Josephine Bakhita, the Patron Saint of Human Trafficking Survivors, the Initiative utilizes the unique position of a global law school to impact the thriving illicit industry of Modern-Day Slavery. Although global treaties and domestic laws have increased awareness of forced labor and sex trafficking, this criminal activity continues to grow as a demand driven, low risk, high profit endeavor. The Bakhita Initiative endeavors to marshal the strength of mission driven legal academia to develop applied research to combat human trafficking. This research frames comprehensive policies and practices to disrupt modern labor trafficking in specific sectors. With its global partners, the Bakhita Initiative’s research addresses both demand and trafficking practices to make Modern Day Slavery both less profitable and more difficult to engage in with impunity.

For further information, contact Professor Mary Graw Leary at