John G. Ruggie
Fellow: Awarded 2008
Field of Study: Political Science
Competition: US & Canada
John Gerard Ruggie is the Kirkpatrick Professor of International Affairs and Director of the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, at the Kennedy School of Government; and an Affiliated Professor in International Legal Studies at Harvard Law School. Trained as a political scientist, Mr. Ruggie has made significant intellectual contributions to the study of international relations, focusing on the impact of economic and other forms of globalization on global rule making. A Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, he has received the International Studies Association's Distinguished Scholar award, and the American Political Science Association's Hubert H. Humphrey award for "outstanding public service by a political scientist." A recent survey published in Foreign Policy magazine identified him as one of the twenty-five most influential international relations scholars in the United States and Canada.
Apart from his academic pursuits, Mr. Ruggie has long been involved in practical policy work, initially as a consultant to various agencies of the United Nations and the United States government. From 1997-2001 he served as United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Strategic Planning - a post created specifically for him by then Secretary-General Kofi Annan. His areas of responsibility included establishing and overseeing the UN Global Compact, now the world's largest corporate citizenship initiative; proposing and gaining General Assembly approval for the Millennium Development Goals; advising the Secretary-General renewal for which the Secretary-General and the United Nations as a whole were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001.
In 2005, responding to a request by the UN Commission on Human Rights (now Human Rights Council), Kofi Annan appointed Ruggie as the Secretary-General's Special Representaitve for Business and Human Rights, a post he continues to hold in the new UN administration of Ban Ki-Moon. In that capacity, his job is to propose measures to strengthen the human rights performance of the business sector around the world.