Robert C. Blitt

University of Tennessee College of Law

Toms Foundation Distinguished Professor of Law

1505 West Cumberland Avenue

Knoxville, TN 37996

United States

http://law.utk.edu/directory/robert-c-blitt

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“  Regional human rights mechanisms, non state actors, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, freedom of thought, conscience and religion or belief, universal human rights, religion as soft power  ”

Scholarly Papers (24)

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The Religion-State Relationship and the Right to Freedom of Religion or Belief: A Comparative Textual Analysis of the Constitutions of Predominantly Muslim Countries

Georgetown Journal of International Law, Vol. 36, 2005
Number of pages: 106 Posted: 29 Jul 2005
Tad Stahnke and Robert C. Blitt
U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) and University of Tennessee College of Law
Downloads 2,105 (10,602)
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Comparative law, constitutional law, Islam, Islamic law, sharia, Arab world, Muslim world, international human rights, freedom of religion

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Beyond Ruggie’s Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: Charting an Embracive Approach to Corporate Human Rights Compliance

Texas International Law Journal, Vol. 48, No. 1, 2012, University of Tennessee Legal Studies Research Paper No. 158
Number of pages: 30 Posted: 11 Aug 2011 Last Revised: 05 Mar 2013
Robert C. Blitt
University of Tennessee College of Law
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corporate social responsibility, Ruggie, business, human rights, Guiding Principles, United Nations, Global Compact, Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, transnational corporations, alien tort, kiobel, acta, CSR

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Russia’s 'Orthodox' Foreign Policy: The Growing Influence of the Russian Orthodox Church in Shaping Russia’s Policies Abroad

University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law, Vol. 33, No. 2, pp. 363-460, 2011, University of Tennessee Legal Studies Research Paper No. 131
Number of pages: 98 Posted: 15 Dec 2010 Last Revised: 20 Jan 2012
Robert C. Blitt
University of Tennessee College of Law
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putin, medvedev, kirill, russian orthodox church, united nations, traditional values, human rights, moscow patriarchate, russkiy mir, lavrov, spiritual security, consultative council on religions, freedom of religion, human rights council, defamation, secular, constitution, separation, church-state

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The Bottom Up Journey of 'Defamation of Religion' from Muslim States to the United Nations: A Case Study of the Migration of Anti-Constitutional Ideas

Special Issue: HUMAN RIGHTS: NEW POSSIBILITIES/NEW PROBLEMS, Vol. 56, No. 1, pp. 121-211, Austin Sarat ed., Studies in Law, Politics, and Society, 2011, University of Tennessee Legal Studies Research Paper No. 132
Number of pages: 78 Posted: 23 Dec 2010 Last Revised: 24 Aug 2011
Robert C. Blitt
University of Tennessee College of Law
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Defamation, Defamation of Religion, Organization of the Islamic Conference, OIC, United Nations, Migration, Anti-Constitutional, Freedom of Religion, Freedom of Expression, Human Rights Council, UN, HRC, Islam, Blasphemy, Discrimination, Transplant, Censorship, Incitement, Relativism, Human Rights

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Who Will Watch the Watchdogs?: International Human Rights Nongovernmental Organizations and the Case for Regulation

Buffalo Human Rights Law Review, Vol. 10, p. 261
Number of pages: 138 Posted: 31 Jul 2005
Robert C. Blitt
University of Tennessee College of Law
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NGO, human rights, international law, regulation, law and economics, nongovernmental, nonstate actors, united nations

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Defamation of Religion: Rumors of Its Death are Greatly Exaggerated

Case Western Reserve Law Review, Vol. 62, No. 2, 2011
Number of pages: 51 Posted: 19 Apr 2012 Last Revised: 22 Feb 2013
Robert C. Blitt
University of Tennessee College of Law
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defamation, religion, organization of islamic cooperation, OIC, united nations, incitement, combating intolerance, Islam, human rights, Freedom of Religion, Freedom of Expression, Human Rights Council, Blasphemy, Discrimination, Istanbul Process, human rights council

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Should New Bills of Rights Address Emerging International Human Rights Norms? The Challenge of 'Defamation of Religion'

Northwestern Journal of International Human Rights, Vol. 9, No. 1, pp. 1-26, Fall 2010
Number of pages: 27 Posted: 18 Jan 2010 Last Revised: 07 Mar 2011
Robert C. Blitt
University of Tennessee College of Law
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Australia, customary international law, human rights, bill of rights, defamation of religion, freedom of expression, freedom of religion, thought, conscience, minority rights, United Nations, Organization of the Islamic Conference, Blasphemy, Defamation, emerging, Muslim, Islam, Christianity

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'Babushka Said Two Things - it Will Either Rain or Snow; it Either Will or Will Not': An Analysis of the Provisions and Human Rights Implications of Russia's New Law on Nongovernmental Organizations as Told Through Eleven Russian Proverbs

George Washington International Law Review, Vol. 40, 2008
Number of pages: 86 Posted: 27 Sep 2007 Last Revised: 19 Nov 2013
Robert C. Blitt
University of Tennessee College of Law
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human rights, nongovernmental organizations, NGO, Russia, international law, regulation, registration, freedom of assembly, freedom of association

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The Organization of Islamic Cooperation's (OIC) Response to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Rights: A Challenge to Equality and Nondiscrimination Under International Law

28.1 Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems 89 (2019)
Number of pages: 99 Posted: 13 Feb 2019
Robert C. Blitt
University of Tennessee College of Law
Downloads 298 (145,964)

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UN, United Nations, OIC, Organization for Islamic Cooperation, Islam, Sharia, Human Rights, International Law, LGBT, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Family Values, Women's Rights, Equality, Nondiscrimination, Discrimination, Sexual Orientation, Gender, SOGI, IPHRC, Cairo Declaration, Queer, SDG, Transgender

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Whither Secular Bear: The Russian Orthodox Church’s Strengthening Influence on Russia's Domestic and Foreign Policy

Fides Et Libertas: The Journal of the International Religious Liberty Association, p. 89, 2011, University of Tennessee Legal Studies Research Paper No. 173
Number of pages: 40 Posted: 20 Feb 2012 Last Revised: 11 May 2017
Robert C. Blitt
University of Tennessee College of Law
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Russia, Putin, Medvedev, religion, constitution, human rights, church-state, international law, secular, orthodox church, civil and political rights, ICCPR, universal declaration, Moscow Patriarchate, Kirill, russkiy mir, traditional values, spiritual security, defamation

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How to Entrench a De Facto State Church in Russia: A Guide in Progress

Brigham Young University Law Review, Vol. 2008, pp. 707-778, 2008
Number of pages: 72 Posted: 22 Jul 2008 Last Revised: 18 Jan 2010
Robert C. Blitt
University of Tennessee College of Law
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Russia, Putin, Medvedev, freedom of religion, constitution, human rights, church-state, international law, european convention on human rights, secular, russian orthodox church, international covenant on civil and political rights, ICCPR, universal declaration on human rights

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One New President, One New Patriarch and a Generous Disregard for the Constitution: A Recipe for the Continuing Decline of Secular Russia

Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, Vol. 43, p. 1337, 2010, University of Tennessee Legal Studies Research Paper No. 107
Number of pages: 32 Posted: 28 Jul 2010 Last Revised: 14 Dec 2010
Robert C. Blitt
University of Tennessee College of Law
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Russia, Putin, Medvedev, Kirill, Alexy, Patriarch, Moscow Patriarchate, Russian Orthodox Church, Orthodoxy, human rights, freedom of religion, church-state relations, separation of church and state, secular, secularism, freedom of expression, defamation, constitution, united nations, united russia

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Analysis of the Republic of Tajikistan's Draft Law 'About Freedom of Conscience and Religious Unions'

University of Tennessee Legal Studies Research Paper No. 26
Number of pages: 65 Posted: 23 Mar 2008 Last Revised: 09 Jun 2015
Robert C. Blitt and W. Cole Durham
University of Tennessee College of Law and Brigham Young University - J. Reuben Clark Law School
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freedom of religion, freedom of conscience, religious freedom, human rights, Tajikistan, religious organizations

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Equality and Nondiscrimination through the Eyes of an International Religious Organization: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation's (OIC) Response to Women's Rights

Wisconsin International Law Journal, Vol. 34, No. 4, 2017, University of Tennessee Legal Studies Research Paper No. 326
Number of pages: 69 Posted: 03 Jun 2017 Last Revised: 13 Sep 2017
Robert C. Blitt
University of Tennessee College of Law
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UN, United Nations, OIC, Organization for Islamic Cooperation, Islam, Sharia, Human Rights, Islamic, International Law, LGBT, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Family Values, Women's Rights, Equality, Nondiscrimination, Discrimination, CEDAW, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, SOGI, IPHRC, Cairo Declaration

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Russia’s 2020 Constitutional Amendments and the Entrenchment of the Moscow Patriarchate as a Lever of Foreign Policy Soft Power

Peter Mandaville (ed.), The Geopolitics of Religious Soft Power: How States Use Religion in Foreign Policy, New York: Oxford University Press, (pre-publication version) 2022 Forthcoming, University of Tennessee Legal Studies Research Paper No. 423
Number of pages: 18 Posted: 28 Sep 2021 Last Revised: 03 Mar 2022
Robert C. Blitt
University of Tennessee College of Law
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Russia, Russian Orthodox Church, Moscow Patriarchate, Foreign Policy, Religion, Church-State Relations, Falsification, Noninterference, Compatriots, Misinformation, Traditional Values, Sovereignty, Kremlin

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Leveraging Regional Human Rights Mechanisms Against Universal Human Rights: The OIC Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission Study on Sexual Orientation

William & Mary Law Review Online, Vol. 60(1) 2018
Number of pages: 43 Posted: 12 Sep 2018 Last Revised: 25 Jun 2021
Robert C. Blitt
University of Tennessee College of Law
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LGBT, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Islam, Human Rights, Equality, Nondiscrimination, International Law, OIC, Regional Human Rights Mechanisms, Relativism, United Nations, Sharia

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Religious Soft Power in Russian Foreign Policy: Constitutional Change and the Russian Orthodox Church

Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs and Brookings Institution Project on Geopolitics of Religious Soft Power, University of Tennessee Legal Studies Research Paper No. 422
Number of pages: 9 Posted: 02 Mar 2022 Last Revised: 03 Mar 2022
Robert C. Blitt
University of Tennessee College of Law
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Russia, Constitution, Orthodox, Church, Falsification, Traditional Values, Compatriots, Multipolarity, Sovereignty, Religion, Soft Power, Putin, Russian Orthodoxy, Church-State

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Human Rights and Disinformation Under the Trump Administration: The Commission on Unalienable Rights

St. Louis University Law Journal, Vol. 66, 2021, University of Tennessee Legal Studies Research Paper No. 428
Number of pages: 49 Posted: 04 Mar 2022 Last Revised: 16 Jun 2022
Robert C. Blitt
University of Tennessee College of Law
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UDHR, Trump, Pompeo, Unalienable Rights, Misinformation, Disinformation, United Nations, Geneva Consensus Declaration, Human Rights

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The International Religious Freedom Act: Non-State Actors and Freedom from Sovereign Government Control

103 Marquette Law Review, 547 (2019)
Number of pages: 33 Posted: 13 Aug 2019 Last Revised: 05 Mar 2020
Robert C. Blitt
University of Tennessee College of Law
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International Religious Freedom Act, human rights, nonstate, non-state, state responsibility, IRFA, freedom of religion, Taliban, Houthi, credible fear, ISIS, Yemen

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Experiencing Experiential Education: A Faculty-Student Perspective on the University of Tennessee College of Law's Adventure in Access to Justice Author

John Marshall Law Review, Vol. 50, No. 1, 2016
Number of pages: 42 Posted: 22 Jun 2017
Robert C. Blitt and Reece Brassler
University of Tennessee College of Law and New York University (NYU), School of Law, Students
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Experiential Education, A2J Author, Guided Interview, HotDocs, pro se, Discrimination, Access to Justice, Experiential, Experiential Learning, Law School, Human Rights, Justice Gap, Technology, Practicum, Education, Tennessee, Employment, Housing, Title VI, Public Accommodation, Social Justice

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The Wolf Act Amendments to the U.S. International Religious Freedom Act: Breakthrough or Breakdown?

4(2) Journal of Law and Public Affairs 151
Number of pages: 52 Posted: 20 Jan 2019
Robert C. Blitt
University of Tennessee College of Law
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International Religious Freedom Act, Freedom of Religion or Belief, Religious Freedom, USCIRF, IRFA, Human Rights, Nonstate Actors, Entity of Particular Concern, Sanctions, Country of Particular Concern, Wolf Act, Foreign Policy

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The United States International Religious Freedom Act, Nonstate Actors, and the Donbas Crisis

Elizabeth A. Clark & Dmytro Vovk, eds., Religion During the Russian Ukrainian Conflict (Routledge, 2019) , University of Tennessee Legal Studies Research Paper No. 392
Number of pages: 2 Posted: 17 Feb 2020 Last Revised: 15 Jun 2020
Robert C. Blitt
University of Tennessee College of Law
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Nonstate actor, human rights, Ukraine, Russia, Donbas, International Religious Freedom Act, freedom of religion, foreign policy, Luhansk, Donetsk, entity of particular concern

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The Promise of International Law in Developing a Global Foundation for Social Justice

Jon Shefner, et al., eds., Social Justice and the University: Globalization, Human Rights and the Future of Democracy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)
Posted: 11 Jun 2014
Robert C. Blitt
University of Tennessee College of Law

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social justice, human rights, relativism, united nations, university, universality, international law,

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Springtime for Freedom of Religion or Belief: Will Newly Democratic Arab States Guarantee International Human Rights Norms or Perpetuate Their Violation?

David Kirkham, ed., State Responses to Religious Minorities (Ashgate, 2013), University of Tennessee Legal Studies Research Paper No. 195
Posted: 08 Sep 2012 Last Revised: 09 Jun 2014
Robert C. Blitt
University of Tennessee College of Law

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Arab Spring, human rights, freedom of religion, religious freedom, Islam, defamation, Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, United Nations, constitution, sharia