Ruth Wedgwood

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Person.png Ruth Wedgwood  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
NationalityUnited States
Alma materYale Law School, Harvard University
Member of"The New Humanitarians", Committee for the Liberation of Iraq, Council on Foreign Relations/Members 3
InterestsInternational law

Ruth Wedgwood is the Edward B. Burling Professor of International Law and Diplomacy at John Hopkins University; Director of the International Law and Organization Program.[1] She is a frequent commentator on BBC Newsnight and other major news broadcasts. She is one of the speakers featured by Benador Associates which lists her biography.[2]

Background and Education

U.S. member, United Nations Human Rights Committee; member, U.S. Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee for International Law, Defense Policy Board and CIA Historical Review Panel; U.S. public delegate to OSCE, Warsaw Human Dimension Meeting; independent expert for International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia; formerly professor of law at Yale Law School, director of studies at the Hague Academy for International Law in the Netherlands, visiting professor at University of Paris I (Sorbonne), Berlin Prize Fellow of the American Academy and Charles H. Stockton Professor at the U.S. Naval War College; former member of the Hart-Rudman Commission on National Security in the 21st Century (national security study group), senior fellow for international organizations at the Council on Foreign Relations and chief of staff to the head of the criminal division in the Department of Justice, chairing the attorney general’s working group on criminal and racketeering investigative guidelines; was also federal prosecutor in the Southern District of New York (investigations and trials of public corruption, weapons smuggling, landlord arson and espionage); vice president of American Society of International Law, vice president of International Law Association--American Branch, member of board of editors, American Journal of International Law, World Policy Journal and American Interest magazine; member of the board of directors of Freedom House; advisory council member of National Interest; former law clerk to Judge Henry Friendly of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Justice Harry Blackmun of U.S. Supreme Court, and executive editor of the Yale Law Journal; currently a commentator for BBC, NPR, PBS and MSNBC; J.D., Yale University[3]


In 2009, her Freedom House biography describes her as a member of the American Law Institute, the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute for Strategic Studies. She also serves on the Secretary of State's Advisory Committee for International Law, as well as the Defense Policy Board and the CIA Historical Review Panel. She also served with the Hart Rudman Commission on National Security in the 21st Century.[4]

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  4. Freedom House Board of Trustees:Ruth Wedgwood Accessed 15th May 2009