French & American Perspectives on the Banning of the Burqa

November 12, 2012 —


French & American Perspectives on the Banning of the Burqa


Wednesday, November 14, 2012, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.


Georgetown University Law Center
Hart Auditorium, McDonough Hall
600 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001


Francois-Henri Briard, Supreme Court of France Attorney

Faiz Shakir, Senior Adviser and Director of New Media for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi


The participants will discuss France's burqa ban. 

Briard is president of the Paris chapter of the Federalist Society. He is a member of the Historical Society of the U.S. Supreme Court and president of the Vergennes Institute, which he co-founded with U.S. Supreme Justice Antonin Scalia. The Institute seeks to foster cooperation between the French and U.S. Supreme Courts; its members include U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and the presidents of the French Supreme Courts. Briard is also president of the Institute des Hautes Etudes de Defense Nationale (Institute for National Defense Studies).

Shakir previously served as a vice president at the Center for American Progress and as editor-in-chief of He received a B.A. in government from Harvard University and a J.D. from Georgetown Law. He was a contributor to Howard Dean’s Prescription for Real Healthcare Reform: How We Can Achieve Affordable Medical Care for Every American and Make Our Jobs Safer and co-authored the report, “Fear, Inc: The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America.” 

This event is sponsored by the Georgetown Law Federalist Society and Islamic Student Society.

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