Spring Gala Honoring Professor John G. Ruggie

June 11, 2014 | 6:00pm | Price: See below

The Four Seasons
2800 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20007

Sponsored by: Chevron, Williams & Connolly LLP and Laurie S. Fulton, Allen & Overy LLP, Arnold & Porter, Chadbourne & Parke, Debra & Michael Decker, Holland & Knight, WilmerHale

*Registration for this event has now closed.  If you need assistance, please contact mail@wfls.org.*

Sponsorships for this special event are available at one of the following donor levels: Platinum ($10,000), Gold ($5,000), or Silver ($2,500). Sponsors and their levels will be recognized at the Gala and in announcements, publicized in the program and the WFLS website, and given a table at the Gala. Corporations, law firms, universities, and others interested in becoming a Gala sponsor should direct any questions to the two co-chairs of the Gala, Djurdja Lazic (dlazic@asil.org) and Ryan Tyndall (202) 683-3874; Ryan.Tyndall@AllenOvery.com). Checks may be made payable to the Washington Foreign Law Society, P.O. Box 66542, Washington Square, Washington, DC 20035.

Individual tickets are available at the following prices:

Early Bird (available through May 23):

  • Regular: $150
  • Students: $130 (*students will be asked to show ID at the door)
  • Members: $125
  • Student Members: $110

Regular Sale (available after May 23):

  • Regular: $165
  • Students: $145 (*students will be asked to show ID at the door)
  • Members: $140
  • Student Members: $125

The Washington Foreign Law Society is delighted to announce that Harvard Kennedy School of Government Professor John G. Ruggie will receive the Harry LeRoy Jones Award at the Society’s annual Gala dinner on June 11, 2014, for his work in the area of international law and human rights, particularly in developing the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. The WFLS is also pleased to announce that Dr. Anne-Marie Slaughter, the president and CEO of the New America Foundation, will introduce Professor Ruggie.

Each year at its annual Gala, the WFLS bestows the Harry LeRoy Jones Award upon an honoree who promotes the rule of law—and international law in particular—and has a profound and lasting impact on institutions dedicated to justice, international law, or scholarship. Some recent honorees have included IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde, U.S. Senators George Mitchell and Richard Lugar; U.S. Supreme Court Justices Stephen Breyer, Sandra Day O’Connor, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg; World Justice Project Founder William H. Neukom; former Secretary of State James Baker, and the late Ambassador Richard Holbrooke.

The WFLS selected Professor Ruggie due to his significant contributions to the study of international relations, focusing on the impact of economic and other forms of globalization on global rule-making and the emergence of new rule-makers. Professor Ruggie served as United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Strategic Planning, a post created specifically for him by then Secretary-General Kofi Annan, and his areas of responsibility included assisting the Secretary-General in establishing and overseeing the UN Global Compact, now the world’s largest corporate citizenship initiative; proposing and gaining General Assembly approval for the Millennium Development Goals; proposing UN institutional reforms; and conducting relations with Washington. In 2005, Professor Ruggie was appointed as the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Business and Human Rights, tasked with proposing measures to strengthen the human rights performance of the business sector around the world. In June 2011, the UN Human Rights Council, in an unprecedented step, unanimously endorsed a set of Principles on Business and Human Rights.

Dr. Anne-Marie Slaughter, the Bert G. Kerstetter ‘66 University Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University and President and CEO of the New America Foundation, will make introductory remarks. Dr. Slaughter served from 2009-2011 as Director of Policy Planning for the United States Department of State, the first woman to hold that position. Upon leaving the State Department, she received the Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award for her work leading the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, as well as meritorious service awards from USAID and the Supreme Allied Commander for Europe. Prior to her government service, Dr. Slaughter was the Dean of Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs from 2002–2009.

Please save the date and plan to join us for this very special evening event in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, June 11, 2014.

Additional information:

  • Parking is available onsite for $22 per vehicle.
  • The hotel is also accessible from the Foggy Bottom Metro Station on the blue/orange lines.
  • Complimentary coat check will be available.

Additional corporations, law firms, universities, and others interested in becoming a Gala sponsor should direct any questions to the two co-chairs of the Gala, Djurdja Lazic (dlazic@asil.org) and Ryan Tyndall (202) 683-3874; Ryan.Tyndall@AllenOvery.com). Checks may be made payable to the Washington Foreign Law Society, P.O. Box 66542, Washington Square, Washington, DC 20035.

Event Photos

« Back to all events