John Ruggie Awarded WFLS Harry LeRoy Jones Award

June 12, 2014
By Jenny Li Fowler, HKS Communications

John Ruggie, Berthold Beitz Professor in Human Rights and International Affairs, was presented with the prestigious Washington Foreign Law Society (WFLS) Harry LeRoy Jones Award during a dinner on June 11.

The WFLS recognizes Ruggie for his significant contributions to the study of international relations, focusing on the impact of economic and other forms of globalization on global rule-making and the emergence of new rule-makers.

Each year the Harry LeRoy Jones award is bestowed on an individual who promotes the rule of international law, and has a profound and lasing impact on institutions dedicated to justice, international law, or scholarship.

Previous recipients have included, among others, Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O’Connor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer, Member of the International Court of Justice Thomas Buergenthal, Secretary of State James Baker, Senator George Mitchell, Ambassador Thomas Pickering, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde, and Transparency International founder Peter Eigen.

Ruggie was introduced at the awards dinner by Anne-Marie Slaughter, formerly Director of Policy Planning at the Department of State and Dean of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and currently President and CEO of the New America Foundation.

The WFLS is a non-profit education forum, which encourages the discussion and advancement of the understanding of foreign law as well as its relationship to a host of non-legal areas effecting both public and private sector matters.

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John Ruggie, Berthold Beitz Professor in Human Rights and International Affairs

John Ruggie, Berthold Beitz Professor in Human Rights and International Affairs

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"I am honored by your recognition of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, which I developed over the course of a six year mandate. Unanimously endorsed by the UN Human Rights Council, they now constitute the authoritative global baseline standard in this space," Ruggie stated during his acceptance speech.