Douglas Rutzen

President and CEO
Member Ex-Officio, Board of Directors
Washington, D.C. (ICNL Headquarters)

drutzen@icnl.org

Doug Rutzen is President and CEO of the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law, which has worked in 100 countries to help develop the legal framework for civil society and public participation.  Doug also teaches at Georgetown University Law Center, and he co-chairs the civil society pillar of the Community of Democracies.

In 2013, Doug presented remarks at a meeting moderated by President Obama for world leaders attending the UN General Assembly. In 2014 and 2015, The NonProfit Times included Doug on its “Power and Influence Top 50” list for his work to safeguard civil society around the world. Under Doug’s leadership, ICNL received a MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, the organizational analogue to MacArthur’s “genius award” for individuals. 

Doug previously taught at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the Central European University. In 2014, Cornell University included Doug in its Foreign Policy Distinguished Speaker Series.  Doug is a member of InterAction’s Board of Directors, co-chaired the State Department’s Global Philanthropy Working Group, and presented remarks at events organized by the governments of China, Brazil, Canada, and Sweden.

In the early 1990s, Doug served as Legal Advisor to the Czechoslovak Parliament and taught at Charles Law Faculty in Prague. In private practice, Doug was co-counsel on a landmark Supreme Court antitrust case.  He was also co-counsel on the first case against Libya for the destruction of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, which culminated in a $2.7 billion settlement.

Doug began working with civil society thirty years ago, serving as a consultant to Helen Keller International in Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Doug is a graduate of Yale Law School, with undergraduate studies at Cornell and Oxford.

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