David F. Forte holds degrees from Harvard College, Manchester University, England, the University of Toronto and Columbia University. During the Reagan administration, Professor Forte served as chief counsel to the United States delegation to the United Nations and alternative delegate to the Security Council. He has authored a number of briefs before the United States Supreme Court, and has frequently testified before the United States Congress on human rights and international affairs issues.
Professor Forte was a Bradley Scholar at the Heritage Foundation, and Visiting Scholar at the Liberty Fund. He has been President of the Ohio Association of Scholars, and is also an adjunct fellow at the Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs, as well as being on the Board of Academic Advisers to the Buckeye Institute, the National Lawyers Association, the Shaybani Society, and the Board of Directors of the American Society of Comparative Law. His Holiness, John Paul II, has appointed Dr. Forte as Consultor to the Pontifical Council for the Family.
He writes and speaks widely on topics such as constitutional law, religious liberty, Islamic law, the rights of families, and international affairs. He is book review editor for the American Journal of Jurisprudence and has edited a volume entitled, Natural Law and Contemporary Public Policy, published by Georgetown University Press. His latest book, Studies in Islamic Law: Classical and Contemporary Applications, was published in 2000 by Austin & Winfield.