John Shattuck


John Shattuck was sworn in as the United States assistant secretary of state for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor in 1993. From 1984 to 1993 Mr. Shattuck was vice president of Harvard University, where he also taught human rights and civil liberties law at the Harvard Law School and served as senior associate in the Program on Science, Technology and Public Policy of the John F. Kennedy School Government. A longtime human rights advocate, Mr. Shattuck was the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, Washington Office, from 1976 to 1984, where he was in charge of directing relations with the US Congress and executive branch agencies. He also served the American Civil Liberties Union as national counsel, litigating in areas of privacy, government secrecy, and political surveillance; as vice chair of the United States Section of Amnesty International; and as an Executive Committee member of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights. Mr. Shattuck was a visiting lecturer at the Woodrow Wilson School of Politics, Princeton University in 1972, and was a law clerk to a US District Judge from 1970 to 1971. Mr. Shattuck has won a number of prestigious awards for his contributions to civil liberties and human rights. He received an M.A. in international law and jurisprudence from Cambridge University and his LL.B. degree from Yale Law School.


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