Culture of Life Institute
Educating and forming second and third-year law students on fundamental natural law principles pertaining to issues in bioethics, marriage and family, human sexuality and human life.
To fully form our leaders in the legal arena, we must provide both the academic basis and the person-centered ethical foundations they need to articulate the truth and support its defense effectively.
Senior Fellow in Natural Law and Ethics, RJ Snell of Princeton delivered an excellent lecture for our new Externship Program here in Washington D.C. The talk was titled The Natural Law: What it Is and Why it Still Matters to Policymaking. The Lecture was hosted by Family Research Council and sponsored by the Culture of Life Institute at Ave Maria School of Law. Watch the full presentation by video here.
STUDENT SEMINARS IN BIOETHICS AND NATURAL LAW
Throughout the academic year, students at Ave Maria School of Law along with Culture of Life Legal Externs and Interns from various organizations in Washington, D.C. will benefit from a series of seminars addressing pressing issues surrounding life, human sexuality, marriage and family, and bioethics.
Bringing together academics from the U.S. and abroad to study and apply natural law principles to the advancing issues of our age. Collegially forming a network of legal scholars, present and rising, while furthering education on the application of ethical principles to the broader community.
Personalist Review: Journal of Law and Bioethics
Peer-reviewed journal to support the foundation and accountable promulgation of ethics grounded in natural law principles to science, medicine, law and policy. Taking up issues in bioethics, the journal advances theory for application of bioethics and natural law principles to law and policy.
Each year the Culture of Life Institute, together with Ave Maria School of Law, grants Legal Fellowships for Continuing Law Education Credits (CLE's) on Capitol Hill with our Nation's Legislators. Fellows will research, defend and support measures with select Members surrounding issues involving Human Rights and Bioethics.
The Culture of Life Institute is premised upon the belief that there is such a thing as natural law, a law which, though it comes from God, isn’t predicated upon religion. It is knowable by all men, binds all men, but has been obscured by the ascent of relativism which denies the existence of truth. The success of postmodern relativism is largely attributable to its “march through the institutions,” where it largely commands all things governmental and academic. The Culture of Life Institute is designed to educate the educated more fully. To provide a sound foundational basis, and the accompanying resources, for working through the complex moral issues of our day and refuting the illogical and incomplete thinking upon which postmodernism is built. In so doing, we can work to reclaim the academic institutions and disciplines which so influence our culture.
Our Advisory Board will
be announced soon.