Profile of Invited Expert “Wedgwood”

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Full Name
Ruth Wedgwood, J.D.
Burling Professor of International Law and Diplomacy
School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University

Ruth Wedgwood is a graduate of Harvard College and the Yale Law School, where she was executive editor of the Yale Law Journal and received the Peres Prize for finest writing. She served as law clerk to Judge Henry J. Friendly of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and as law clerk to Justice Harry B. Blackmun of the U.S. Supreme Court. Her professional interests include human rights law, international criminal law, and international investment law. As special assistant to the head of the U.S. Department of Justice criminal division, she chaired the revision of FBI investigative guidelines, and provided the framework for the Classified Information Procedures Act. She served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York for six years, and subsequently has been a member of the faculties of the Yale Law School and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International studies. She has served as a member of the U.S. Defense Policy Board and the U.N. Human Rights Committee, and is currently Vice Chair of Freedom House and president of the American branch of the century-old International Law Association.

Selected Citations to Published Materials
  • International Criminal Justice (2007)
  • After Dayton: Lessons of the Bosnian Peace Process, editor (1999)
  • The Revolutionary Martyrdom of Jonathan Robbins (1990)
  • Post-Conflict Reconstruction editor, in American Journal of International Law Symposium (2001)


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