Angela Wu Howard

Angela Wu Howard

International Law Director | Washington, D.C.

  • Becket Fund For Religious Liberty

Angela Wu Howard served as International Law Director at The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty from 2005-2010. The Becket Fund is a public interest law firm whose clients have included Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jews, Muslims, Sikhs, and Zoroastrians. She has worked on cases before United Nations tribunals, the U.S. Supreme Court, the European Court of Human Rights, and domestic courts in countries around the world. She has been published and quoted by NPR, The Wall Street Journal, Far Eastern Economic Review, Islam Online, Maclean’s Magazine, Agence France Presse, The New York Times, and the Council on Foreign Relations. She serves on the governing Bureau of the United Nations NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief.

Angela clerked in the federal circuit courts of appeal for the Honorable William W Schwarzer in San Francisco, worked for Oxfam America in Boston, and served as a negotiations consultant on civil society issues to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris. She was litigating hostile corporate takeovers and political asylum cases with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in New York when the Becket Fund called.

Angela obtained a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School; a B.A. with Honors in Modern Intellectual History from Northwestern University for a thesis on memory, violence, and language in Mao’s Cultural Revolution; and a D.E.S. in European Law from the Université Libre de Bruxelles, where she was a Fulbright Fellow.

She is currently based at the University of Oxford, where she is researching hybrid legal systems and how state regulation of religious expression externalizes the conscience.