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...

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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 on the freedoms of association, assembly, and expression. Prof. Rutzen serves on the Advisory Board of the United Nations Democracy Fund and co-chairs the civil society pillar of the Community of Democracies. Prof. Rutzen advises governments around the world on civil society law. ICNL received a MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, the organizational analogue to MacArthur's "genius award" for individuals. The NonProfit Times named Prof. Rutzen as one of the most influential nonprofit leaders in the United States. Prof. Rutzen previously served as Legal Advisor to the Czechoslovak Parliament, taught at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and co-chaired the State Department’s Global Philanthropy Working Group. Prof. Rutzen was also co-counsel on the first lawsuit against Moammar Gaddafi for the bombing of Pan Am 103, which culminated in a $2.7 billion settlement.

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 "Obama: Active citizens U.S.'s 'gifts'," Politico, September 23, 2013, featuring Adjunct Professor Douglas Rutzen.

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 "Obama: Active citizens U.S.'s 'gifts'," Politico, September 23, 2013, featuring Adjunct Professor Douglas Rutzen.

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