John G. Ruggie
Berthold Beitz Professor in Human Rights and International Affairs

Foreign Policy magazine ranks Ruggie as one of America’s 25 most influential international relations scholars. His academic work focuses on the impact of economic and other forms of globalization on global rule-making and the emergence of new rule-makers. His practical policy experience includes serving as UN assistant secretary general for strategic planning (1997–2001), where he established and oversaw the UN Global Compact, now the world’s largest corporate citizenship initiative. He also proposed and gained General Assembly approval for the Millennium Development Goals. In 2005, Ruggie was appointed as the UN secretary general’s special representative for business and human rights, tasked with proposing measures to strengthen the human rights performance of the business sector around the world. In 2011, the UN Human Rights Council unanimously endorsed a set of Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights that Ruggie developed. They now constitute the most authoritative global standard in the area of business and human rights. VIEW FULL BIO