Piero A. Tozzi, J.D.
- Piero A. Tozzi is a Senior Fellow at the Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute (C-FAM), and also holds the position of Senior Legal Counsel, Global, with the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF).
Prior to joining ADF, Mr. Tozzi ran C-FAM’s New York office while serving as Executive Vice President and General Counsel. He also established the International Organizations Law Group as C-FAM's public interest law arm, submitting amicus briefs and shadow reports on a proper understanding of international law in fora such as the Mexican Supreme Court and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.
Previously, Mr. Tozzi served a litigation attorney with the firms Winston & Strawn LLP and Torys LLP in New York, principally handling complex commercial suits and arbitrations. While there he also litigated a number of religious liberty and pro-life cases.
Among the latter engagements was his pro bono representation of a crisis pregnancy center subpoenaed by former New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer in a case that garnered national attention. Mr. Tozzi also represented the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Liberties and Campus Crusade for Christ as amici curiae, arguing that a statute mandating that ostensibly religious organizations like Catholic Charities provide contraceptives to their employees violated the New York State Constitution's free exercise clause. He has won asylum at trial for victims of foreign religious persecution, and has been recognized by the New York State Bar Association for his commitment to pro bono legal representation.
Mr. Tozzi serves on the working board of the Guild of Catholic Lawyers of the Archdiocese of New York and is past chairman of the Guild's Young Lawyers' Committee. He is also a board member of Program Reach, Inc., a Bronx-based not-for-profit that promotes character education and abstinence among at-risk youth, and sits on the Board of Visitors of Ave Maria School of Law. He is a member of the International Law and Practice Section of the New York State Bar Association.
Mr. Tozzi is a graduate of Fordham University School of Law, Class of 1996, and received his B.A. from Columbia University in 1988. A speaker of Mandarin Chinese who lived previously in Taiwan, he has authored articles on Chinese law and politics as well as written and lectured extensively on international law, constitutional law, religious liberties, and conscience rights. Mr. Tozzi and his wife have three children.
Posts by Piero A. Tozzi, J.D.:
In Belize, Global “Gay” Movement’s Legal Roadshow Comes to Town,
20 May 2013 in Homosexuality & Human Rights & International Law & Sexual Rights & Sovereignty & Treaties & Treaty Bodies
This Week’s Pro-life Victories in Mexico,
03 May 2013 in Abortion
Putting the Right Back into Human Rights,
02 May 2013 in Abortion & OHCHR
Monitoring the Monitors,
06 Mar 2013 in Abortion & CEDAW & Human Rights & Human Rights Council & International Law & Sterilization & Treaties & Treaty Bodies & UN Commissions
Is International Planned Parenthood Abetting Criminal Activity?,
30 Dec 2012 in Abortion & IPPF & Sexual and Reproductive Health & Youth
The Culture of Death, the Dictatorship of Relativism and the Inter-American Court,
21 Dec 2012 in Abortion & Human Rights & International Law & OAS & Sexual and Reproductive Health & Sovereignty & Treaties
Not “Rights” vs. “Freedom” – Reclaiming the Universal Declaration from the Left (and Defending It from the Right),
12 Apr 2012 in Human Rights & International Law & Treaties & TurtleBayUN
“Obama Wars” Over Contraception Move to U.N. Front, and the Administration Loses a Battle,
15 Mar 2012 in Abortion & AIDS & Family & International Law & Maternal Health & UN Commissions & US State Department
My Lewinsky Moment,
22 Dec 2011 in Family & Homosexuality & Population & TurtleBayUN
Regulating “Hate Speech” Part II –the Yogyakarta Agenda Advances at the Expense of Fundamental Freedoms at UN Conference in Chile,
30 Nov 2011 in Homosexuality & Human Rights & International Law & LGBT & OHCHR & Sexual Rights & Treaties & Treaty Bodies & UN Commissions
A Tragic Loss in México,
11 Nov 2011 in Abortion & Human Rights & International Law
Meaning, Relativism, Pickled Herring, Tyranny…,
26 Oct 2011 in Abortion & Human Rights & International Law & Treaties & TurtleBayUN
Regulating “Hate Speech” – an Incremental Approach to Implementing the Yogyakarta Agenda?,
18 Feb 2011 in EU FRA & Homosexuality & OHCHR & Sovereignty & Treaty Bodies
Religion and the United Nations?,
21 Dec 2010 in UN
On the Balkanization of Rights,
12 Feb 2010 in UN
Harm Reducing or Harm Enabling?,
11 Jan 2010 in Uncategorized
A Profile in Prolife Courage,
07 Jan 2010 in Abortion
06 Jan 2010 in Abortion & Demography
Irish Supreme Court Asserts that Constitution Trumps European Convention on Human Rights,
21 Dec 2009 in EU Treaties
Robert George and the New Natural Law,
21 Dec 2009 in Uncategorized