Ruth Wedgwood

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Ruth Wedgwood
Nationality United States
Alma mater Yale Law School
Harvard University
Scientific career
Fields International law
Institutions Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies

Ruth Wedgwood is an American lawyer and university professor who holds the Edward B. Burling Chair in International Law and Diplomacy at the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, in Washington, D.C.[1]

Family origins[edit]

Ruth Wedgwood is the daughter of labor lawyer Morris P. Glushien, former general counsel of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union who served as a World War II cryptanalyst,[2] and Anne Sorelle Williams, an artist. In 1982 she married her Harvard classmate, National Institutes of Health immunologist Josiah F. Wedgwood, a member of the Wedgwood pottery family.[3]

Current career[edit]

She has expertise in the fields of international law, international criminal law, the law of armed conflict, and human rights law.

In 2002, Wedgwood was elected to serve as the U.S. member of the United Nations Human Rights Committee.[4] She currently serves as a member of the board of directors of Freedom House a nonpartisan NGO that promotes human rights and democracy world-wide.[5] She was the first female law clerk to renowned federal judge Henry J. Friendly on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [6] and also served as law clerk to Justice Harry Blackmun on the U.S. Supreme Court.[1] Wedgwood received her undergraduate at Harvard where she graduated magna cum laude, and her legal education at Yale Law School, where she was executive editor of the Yale Law Journal.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Ruth Wedgwood, J.D.". Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Retrieved March 31, 2014. 
  2. ^ Greenhouse, Steven (May 25, 2006). "Morris P. Glushien, Union Lawyer, Dies at 96". New York Times. Retrieved June 3, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Dr. J.F. Wedgwood Weds Ruth Glushien". New York Times. May 30, 1982. Retrieved June 3, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Prof. Ruth Wedgwood Named to U.N. Human Rights Committee". Yale Law School. November 20, 2002. Retrieved March 31, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Our Leadership". Freedom House. Retrieved March 31, 2014. 
  6. ^ Dorsen, David (2012). Henry Friendly – Greatest Judge of his Era. Harvard University Press. p. 109. 

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