Anne-Marie Slaughter to Receive Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Law

March 14, 2007

SlaughterPioneering international relations attorney and educator Anne-Marie Slaughter is the recipient of the 2007 Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Law.

The Jefferson medals are the highest outside honors bestowed by the University, which grants no honorary degrees.

Renowned economist and former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan will receive the inaugural Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Citizen Leadership, which was created to honor personal leadership and lasting influence on our common culture. Visionary architect Zaha Hadid will receive this year's Medal in Architecture, first awarded in 1966 to Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe. The Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Law was first awarded in 1977 to federal court Judge Carl McGowan.

Sponsored jointly by the University and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, the nonprofit organization that owns and operates Monticello, the annual awards are conferred during the University's Founder's Day celebration, held on Jefferson's birthday, April 13. In addition to receiving a medal struck for the occasion, recipients will attend ceremonies in the Rotunda and a dinner at Monticello. The Law School will mark the occasion with a lecture by Slaughter on April 12 at 4:20 in Caplin Pavilion.

Slaughter, the 31st recipient of the Medal in Law, is recognized as a pioneer in the cross-fertilization between international relations and international law. She is the Bert G. Kerstetter '66 University Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton, where she is also dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. She teaches and writes on global governance, international criminal law and American foreign policy. Her views on international tribunals, terrorism and international law are widely sought by national and international media.

Slaughter is the author of numerous books and articles including her recently published book, "A New World Order," about modern global governance, and is currently writing a book on America's founding principles, "The Idea That is America: Keeping Faith with Our Values in a Dangerous World."

A former president of the American Society of International Law, Slaughter is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, chair of the Secretary of State's Advisory Committee on Democracy Promotion and serves on the Council of Foreign Relations. She serves on the boards of numerous organizations, including the Council on Foreign Affairs, the New America Foundation, and the Canadian Institute for International Governance Innovation, and is a member of the Citigroup Economic and Political Strategies Advisory Group. She also co-chairs the Princeton Project on National Security, a multi-year research initiative that is developing a new, bipartisan national security strategy for the United States.

Slaughter graduated magna cum laude from Princeton. She received her M.Phil. and D.Phil. from Oxford and her law degree from Harvard Law School, cum laude. Before joining Princeton University she taught at Harvard Law School and the University of Chicago Law School.

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