In Memoriam: John Ruggie, 1944–2021

September 29, 2021
John RuggieJohn Ruggie, Berthold Beitz Research Professor in Human Rights and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School, passed away on September 16, 2021, at age 76. Ruggie was a Faculty Associate emeritus since 2002. One of his greatest contributions as a thought leader in human rights and social innovation was the development of the UN’s Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights—crafted during his time as the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative—which has subsequently influenced many governments, businesses, and international organizations. To learn more about John Ruggie and his contributions to both the academic and policy worlds, read the moving tribute by his friend and colleague Stephen Walt, “A Realist Tribute to an Extraordinary Idealist” in Foreign Policy
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