George named to international ethics body

Nov. 14, 2008, 4 p.m.

Robert George, Princeton's McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, has been selected as the U.S. member of the World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology.

The commission is an advisory body of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) composed of 18 experts who formulate ethical principles on issues involving scientific knowledge and discovery. George was appointed by UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura.

George, a distinguished constitutional scholar, is the director of Princeton’s James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions and a member of the U.S. President’s Council on Bioethics. He previously served as a presidential appointee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and as a judicial fellow at the U.S. Supreme Court. His books include "Embryo: A Defense of Human Life" and "Body-Self Dualism in Contemporary Ethics and Politics."