Mary Ann Glendon

Mary Ann Glendon (October 7, 1938, Berkshire County , Massachusetts ) is a law professor at Harvard University .

Glendon writes and teaches in the fields of human rights , the comparative law , the constitutional law and legal theory .

Professor Glendon taught at Boston College Law School from 1968 to 1986, and has been a visiting professor at the University of Chicago Law School and the Gregorian University in Rome . He earned his Bachelor of Arts, Juris Doctorate, and Master of Comparative Law from the University of Chicago . During a two-year postgraduate fellowship to study European legislation, Professor Glendon studied at the Free University of Brussels and was a legal intern in the European Economic Community . From 1963 to 1968, she practiced law at the Chicago firm of Mayer, Brown & Platt , and served as a voluntary civil rights lawyer.

Her most recent book, A World Made New: Eleanor Roosevelt and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights , is the story of Mrs. Roosevelt’s most important achievement : the drafting of the UN declaration of such basic rights that belong to everyone in The earth, simply by virtue of being human.

In 1988, Glendon won the Scribes Book Award granted by the American Society of Writers in legal matters 1 ( American Society of Writers on Legal Subjects ) for his book Abortion and Divorce in Western Law ( Abortion and Divorce in Western legislation ) a A comparative study that appeared in the World of Ideas series by Bill Moyers . Another comparative study, The Transformation of Family Law ( The Transformation of Family Law ), won the highest award of the Legal Academy ( Legal Academy ), the Order of the Coif Triennial Book Award in 1993. 2 In 1991, he was elected President of The International Association of Legal Science 3 ( International Association of Legal Sciences ) sponsored by UNESCO .

In 1994, 4 was called by Pope John Paul II to the newly created Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences . In 1995, he led the delegation of 22 members of the Holy See to the Fourth World Conference on Women of the UN in Beijing . 5 6 In both cases, she was the first woman to assume those responsibilities.

In 1998, she was named by The National Law Journal as one of America’s “Fifty Most Influential Lawyers.” He belongs to the President of the United States. 7

From 2007 to 2009, she was the US Ambassador . UU. Before the Holy See. Referring to Fig.

Glendon is a member of the editorial board of American Journal of Comparative Law and First Things , 9 and works on Harvard University Human Rights advisory boards and the Harvard Law School ‘s Human Rights initiative .

Glendon’s books, with a comparative approach to a wide range of topics, include A Nation Under Lawyers (1996), a portrait of the turbulence of the legal profession, analyzing the implications of recent changes in the legal culture of a system of Democratic government entrusted with the crucial role legally empowered men and women; Seedbeds of Virtue (co – edited with David Blankenhorn ) (1995), Rights Talk (1991), The Transformation of Family Law (1989), Abortion and Divorce in Western Law (1987), The New Family and the New Property (1981), and Textbooks on comparative legal traditions.

He has received the Honoris Causa Doctorate from numerous universities such as Chicago , Leuven and Navarre . 10 In 2005, he received the National Humanities Medal . 11 In 2008 he received the International Gold Medal Award for the merit of Catholic Culture . 12 In 2009 he received the Proudly Pro-Life Award for his defense of the life of the unborn. 13

She lives with her husband, Edward R. Lev, in Chestnut Hill , Massachusetts . They have three daughters.

The 26 of June of 2013 happened to comprise of the special commission on activities of the Institute for the Works of Religion , popularly denominated “bench vaticano”. The commission is chaired by Italian Cardinal Raffaele Farina , formerly responsible for the Vatican Secret Archives , and includes French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran , Juan Ignacio Arrieta Ochoa de Chinchetru , an expert in canon law , and the American Peter Bryan Wells , a member of the Secretariat of State of the Holy See . 14

This commission will have the mission of exposing to Pope Francis in a personal way the conclusions they reach.


  • Mary Ann Glendon (1997). The Transformation of Family Law: State, Law, and Family in the United States and Western Europe . University of Chicago Press. ISBN  9780226299709 .
  • Mary Ann Glendon (1987). Abortion and Divorce in Western Law . Harvard University Press. ISBN  9780674001619 .
  • Mary Ann Glendon (1993). Rights talk: the impoverishment of political discourse . Simon and Schuster. ISBN  9780029118238 .
  • Mary Ann Glendon (1996). A nation under lawyers: how the crisis in the legal profession is transforming American society . Harvard University Press.
  • Mary Ann Glendon (2002). A world made new: Eleanor Roosevelt and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights . Random House. ISBN  9780375760464 .
  • Mary Ann Glendon, ed. (2007). International encyclopedia of comparative law . Mohr Siebeck. ISBN  9789004164833 .

Works in Spanish

  • Mary Ann Glendon (2010). Justice, reason, rights . Meeting. ISBN  9788499200422 .
  • Mary Ann Glendon (2011). A New World. Eleanor Roosevelt and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights . Fondo de Cultura Económica. ISBN  9786071607904 .


  1. Back to top↑ Scribes-The American Society of Legal Writers
  2. Back to top↑ Order of the Coif Book Award
  3. Back to top↑ International Association of Legal Science
  4. Back to top↑ Pontifical Academies, Mary Ann Glendon
  5. Back to top↑ Intervention at the 4th World Conference on Women
  6. Back to top↑ Declaration on the final document of the Beijing Conference and presentation of reservations
  7. Back to top↑ The President’s Council on Bioethics: Mary Ann Glendon
  8. Back to top↑ Speech to the new Ambassador of the United States
  9. Back to top↑ First Things
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  11. Back to top↑ US Embassy To the Holy See
  12. Back to top↑ Scuola di Cultura Cattolica
  13. Back to top↑ Mary Ann Glendon to be Honored at Proudly Pro-Life Awards Dinner
  14. Back to top↑ Communication of the Secretary of State on the institution of a Referring Commission of IOR VIS, June 26, 2013