Prof. William Wagner to Speak on Good Governance Principles in South America

Professor William Wagner travels to meet with high level executive, legislative, and judicial officials of two South American nations this May and June.  During this Rule of Law trip, Professor Wagner presents, in various forums: Navigating to the City on the Hill – How One’s Worldview Affects the Destiny of a Nation.

In this presentation, Professor Wagner will discuss the value of Christian virtue in good governance. Here he looks at law, liberty, and governance from two different philosophical worldviews.  The first perspective views law through a traditional Objectivist Worldview Lens, where humans discover law from an inviolable self-evident standard revealed in Divine/Natural Law.  The second perspective views law through a Subjectivist Worldview Lens, where humans create law utilizing an ever-evolving morally relative secular model.  What are the implications for good governance under the rule of law if the nations shift their predominant philosophical-legal paradigm to reject objective truth for a subjective morally relative, ever evolving worldview? Professor Wagner answers this question using powerful examples from legal history.


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William (@Prof.WWJD) serves as President of Salt & Light Global and Editor-in-Chief of SLG Witness. Together, he and his bride Marilyn home educated their children. Prof. Wagner holds the academic rank of Distinguished Professor Emeritus (Law and Constitutional Governance) where, as a tenured professor, he received the Beattie Award for Teaching Excellence. A frequent speaker at world conferences, Professor Wagner has a special interest in building and preserving environments where Christians may share the Good News of Jesus, free from persecution and oppression. Professor Wagner’s writing is published a number of articles, books, and other publications, including a national best seller (#1in its category). As lead amicus counsel a variety of matters before the United States Supreme Court, he authored briefs on behalf of various Christian organizations. He also authored written testimony, evidence, and briefs in such forums as the Swedish Supreme Court, the U.S. Congress, and the U.K. Parliament. He has further addressed many executive, legislative, parliamentary, and judicial audiences throughout the world, and presented at various diplomatic forums including the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. Professor Wagner previously served in the United States Courts as a federal judge. Prior to his appointment on the federal bench, he served as a legal advisor and the chief American diplomat for the Department of Justice at an American Embassy in Africa. There he led a diplomatic mission charged with strengthening good governance and the rule of law. His international service also includes an appointment by the United States Courts as Commissioner to Canada. Over the years, Professor Wagner has provided international assistance to the justice sector institutions of numerous countries on five continents. Professor Wagner also served as Senior Assistant United States Attorney, litigating hundreds of federal cases and serving as chief of appellate litigation for the Office of the United States Attorney. Prior to serving in the Justice Department, Professor Wagner served as legal counsel in the United States Senate and as chief counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee of the Michigan legislature. As chief counsel, he supervised all legislative issues involving the separation of powers, due process, and other protections of individual rights and liberties, including the right to free expression and the free exercise of religious conscience. Professor Wagner received the post-doctoral Danforth Fellowship in Law after earning his J.D. in 1986. He serves, or has served, on the executive governing boards of a number of international and national ministries. Soli Deo Gloria.