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 has worked in 100 countries...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 has worked in 100 countries to develop the legal framework for civil society, public participation, and philanthropy. Prof. Rutzen is frequently called upon to advise heads of state and foreign ministers on civil society law. In 2013, Prof. Rutzen presented remarks at a UN General Assembly side event moderated by President Obama, and the Nonprofit Times recently named Prof. Rutzen as one of the most influential nonprofit leaders in the United States. 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. Prof. Rutzen previously taught at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and has lectured at Stanford and Cornell. He also served as Legal Advisor to the Czechoslovak Parliament, and he was an associate at Coudert Brothers, where he worked on international law and Supreme Court litigation. Prof. Rutzen 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.