Established in 1975 by Bertha B. Burling in memory of her husband

Image Credit: Covington and Burlington Attorney EDWARD B. BURLING established a Washington, DC, law firm with Harry Covington, a former Maryland congressman and chief justice of the DC Supreme Court. The firm remains prominent today. In the 1940s, Mr. Burling was one of the core group brought together by Paul Nitze and Christian Herter to establish the School of Advanced International Studies. Mr. Burling served on the school's advisory council until his death in 1966.


BERTHA BLAKE BURLING, who died in 1981, was the second wife of Edward B. Burling.


RUTH WEDGWOOD, the Edward B. Burling Professor of International Law and Diplomacy and director of the International Law and Organizations Program at SAIS, came to Hopkins in 2001. She is a senior fellow for international organizations and law at the Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the Secretary of State's Advisory Committee on Public International Law, and a consultant to the Department of Defense. She is on the board of editors of the American Journal of International Law, and served on the National Security Study Group of the Hart-Rudman Commission on Security in the 21st Century. Earlier in her career, Dr. Wedgwood was a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun and served as a federal prosecutor in the Southern District of New York. Her areas of expertise include international law, constitutional law and criminal law, including counter-terrorism, the law of armed conflict, and the United Nations, peacekeeping and post-conflict reconstruction.