Professor John Ruggie Lecture

Professor John Ruggie
Kennedy School of Government, and
Law School, Harvard University

will be addressing the Vancouver Institute on February 23, 2013 at 8:15 p.m., Lecture Hall No. 2 in the Woodward Instructional Resources Centre, University of British Columbia.


Just Business:
Multinational Corporations and Human Rights


Professor Ruggie has been named one of the 25 most influential international relations scholars in the U.S. and Canada in a survey conducted by the journal Foreign Policy. From 1997 to 2001, he was Assistant Secretary-General and chief advisor for strategic planning to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. His responsibilities included establishing and overseeing the UN Global Compact; proposing and gaining General Assembly approval of the Millennium Development Goals; managing UN relations with Washington; and broadly contributing to the effort at institutional renewal for which Annan and the United Nations as a whole were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001. From 2005 to 2011 Professor Ruggie served as the United Nations Secretary-General's Special Representative for Business and Human Rights and produced the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

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