Douglas B. Rutzen
President and CEO, International Center for Not-for-Profit Law, Adjunct Professor of Law
B.A., Cornell; J.D., Yale
B.A., Cornell University; J.D., Yale. Professor Rutzen is President and CEO of the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL), which promotes the legal framework for...Continue Reading
B.A., Cornell University; J.D., Yale. Professor Rutzen is President and CEO of the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL), which promotes the legal framework for civil society and public participation in over 100 countries. Prof. Rutzen is frequently called upon to advise heads of state and foreign ministers on civil society law, and on the margins of the 2013 UN General Assembly, Prof. Rutzen joined President Obama on a panel discussing this issue. Under Prof. Rutzen's leadership, ICNL received a MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, the organizational analogue to MacArthur's "genius award" for individuals. In addition, Prof. Rutzen co-chairs the State Department's Global Philanthropy Working Group. Prof. Rutzen previously taught at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He also served as Legal Advisor to the Czechoslovak Parliament upon the country's transition to democracy, and he was an associate at Coudert Brothers, where he worked on international law and Supreme Court litigation.Prof. Rutzen also served as co-counsel on the first lawsuit against Libya and Gaddafi for the bombing of Pan Am 103, which culminated in a $2.7 billion settlement.