Meet Our National Advisory Council

These prominent, influential and respected individuals provide guidance and counsel to CGS regarding our pursuit of global citizenship, a democratized and empowered United Nations, and enduring world peace through enforceable world law.

Benjamin Ferencz

Chief Prosecutor at Nuremberg

Benjamin Ferencz was an investigator of Nazi war crimes after World War II and served as chief prosecutor in the Einsatzgruppen Trial, one of the 12 Nuremberg Trials. All of the 22 defendants were convicted. Ferencz later became a leading advocate of the International Criminal Court, publishing several books on the subject. Since the establishment of the ICC, he has campaigned for full U.S. participation without reservations. In 1988, while working as an adjunct professor of international law at Pace University, Ferencz co-authored “PlanetHood: The Key to Your Future,” which calls for a system of international law including a global congress.

Martin Sheen

Actor, Activist, and Leader

Martin Sheen is an Emmy Award-winning and Golden Globe Award-winning actor who has worked with directors including Francis Ford Coppola, Francis Ford Coppola, and Oliver Stone, in addition to starring as the U.S. president on the long-running television drama “The West Wing.” In his early days as a struggling actor in New York, he met activist Dorothy Day, beginning his lifelong commitment to social justice.

The self-described pacifist was an early opponent of the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq and has been a consistent opponent of nuclear arms. As honorary mayor of Malibu, California in 1989, he declared the city a nuclear-free zone. Nearly 20 years later, Sheen was arrested during a protest at the Nevada Test Site. Sheen said in 2009 that he had been arrested 66 times for acts of civil disobedience, leading one activist to declare Sheen to have “a rap sheet almost as long as his list of film credits.”

Sheen has also been active in anti-genocide and pro-immigrant causes, as well as in the environmental movement. In 2010, he told a crowd of young people, “While acting is what I do for a living, activism is what I do to stay alive.” And in a 1963 episode of The Outer Limits on ABC television, he portrayed a future astronaut wearing a large breast patch that read UE. Unified Earth.

Daniel Ellsberg

Lecturer, Writer, and Activist

Helen Caldicott

Physician, Author, Speaker

William Ripple

Conservationist, Author, Professor

William J. Ripple, PhD, holds the Richardson Endowed Chair and is a Distinguished Professor of Ecology in the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. He has published two books and has authored more than 200 scientific journal articles on topics including conservation, ecology, wildlife, and climate change. He was the co-lead author on 2020 paper, the World Scientists’ Warning of a Climate Emergency which was endorsed by more than 14,000 scientist signatories from around the world. He is the Director of the Alliance of World Scientists which has approximately 26,000 scientist members from 180 countries.

Andrea Cousins

Psychologist, Psychoanalyst and Anthropologist

Andrea Cousins is a psychologist and psychoanalyst who has practiced for more than 30 years. She has a doctorate in anthropology from Harvard University and a doctor of psychology degree from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. Her father, journalist and peace activist Norman Cousins, served as president of the World Federalist Association and chairman of the Committee for Sane Nuclear Policy, and was honored with recognitions including the United Nations Peace Medal.

James T. Ranney

Professor, International Legal Consultant, Author

James T. Ranney is an adjunct professor of international law at Widener Law School. He co-founded the Jeannette Rankin Peace Center in Missoula, Montana, and served as a legal consultant to the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. He has written extensively on the abolition of nuclear weapons and the establishment of international dispute resolution mechanisms, most notably in 2017’s “World Peace Through Law: Replacing War with the Global Rule of Law.

Blanche Wiesen Cook

Professor, Author, Historian

Gary Dorrien

Professor, Author, Social Ethicist

Barbara Smith

Author, Activist, and Scholar

David Cortright

Author, Activist, and Leader

Mark Ritchie

President, Global Minnesota

Mark Ritchie is president of Global Minnesota, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization devoted to advancing international understanding and engagement. A graduate of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and Iowa State University, he served as Minnesota’s Secretary of State from 2007 to 2015. Since leaving elected public service Mark has led the public-private partnership working to bring the 2027 World Expo to Minnesota and he has served on the board of directors for LifeSource, Communicating for America, U.S. Vote Foundation, and Expo USA. Mark also is a national advisory board member of the federal Election Assistance Commission and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Minnesota. Mark is the appointed Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army, representing Minnesota.

Leila Nadya Sadat

Special Advisor to the ICC Chief Prosecutor, Professor, Author

Leila Sadat is the James Carr Professor of International Criminal Law at Washington University School of Law and the Director of the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute. She is an internationally recognized expert on the International Criminal Court (ICC) and serves as Special Advisor on Crimes Against Humanity to Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda of the ICC. Professor Sadat is also the director of the Crimes Against Humanity Initiative, a multi-year project to study the problem of crimes against humanity and draft a comprehensive convention addressing their punishment and prevention. She is a former member of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom; served as the Alexis de Tocqueville Distinguished Fulbright Chair at the University of Cergy-Pontoise in Paris, France; and is the author of several well-respected books.

Rick Ulfik

Rick Ulfik is the Founder of We, The World and the WE Campaign at WE.net

Oscar Andrew Hammerstein

Painter, Writer, Lecturer, and Historian

William Pace

International Organizer

William Pace was the founding Convenor of the Coalition for an International Criminal Court (ICC) and a co-founder of the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect. Pace has been engaged in international justice, rule of law, environmental law, and human rights for four decades, serving as executive director of the World Federalist Movement-Institute for Global Policy, secretary-general of the Hague Appeal for Peace, director of the Center for the Development of International Law, and director of Section Relations of the Concerts for Human Rights Foundation at Amnesty International, among other roles. He is the recipient of the William J. Butler Human Rights Medal from the Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on the ICC.

John Stowe

Bishop

John Stowe is the Roman Catholic bishop of the Diocese of Lexington, Kentucky. He is a member of the Order of Friars Minor Conventual, a mendicant religious order founded by Francis of Assisi. In 2015, Pope Francis appointed Stowe bishop of the Diocese of Lexington. He is the Episcopal President of the U.S. board of Pax Christi, an international Catholic Christian peace movement with a focus on human rights, disarmament, nonviolence, and related issues.

Randy Kehler

Pacifist Activist

Randy Kehler is a pacifist activist who served 22 months in prison for returning his draft card in 1969 and refusing to seek exemption as a conscientious objector, seeing that as a form of cooperation with the Vietnam war effort. He played a key role in persuading Daniel Ellsberg to release the Pentagon Papers, and later served as executive director of the National Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign. Kehler and his wife Betsy Corner refused to pay taxes for military expenditures, resulting in the federal seizure of their Massachusetts home in 1989. They continue to withhold their federal income taxes.

Kim Stanley Robinson

Author

Kim Stanley Robinson is an American science fiction writer. He is the author of about twenty books, including the internationally bestselling Mars trilogy, and more recently Red Moon, New York 2140, and The Ministry for the Future. He was part of the U.S. National Science Foundation’s Antarctic Artists and Writers’ Program in 1995 and 2016. His work has been translated into 25 languages, and won awards including the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards. In 2016 asteroid 72432 was named “Kimrobinson.”

Gordon Orians

Ecologist

Gordon Orians, an ornithologist and ecologist for more than half a century, has focused his work on behavioral ecology and the relationships between ecology and social organization, as well as on the interface between science and public policy. He was director of the University of Washington, Seattle’s Institute for Environmental Studies for a decade, and has also served on the Board of Directors of the World Wildlife Fund and on state boards of the Nature Conservancy and Audubon. Orians was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1989 and to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1990, and in 1999 received the Cooper Ornithological Society’s Loye and Alden Miller Research Award, which is given in recognition of lifetime achievement in ornithological research.

Former National Advisory Council Members

William O. Douglas

Supreme Court Justice, SEC Chairman, Conservationist

Albert Einstein

Nobel Laureate, Physicist

Clare Boothe Luce

Ambassador, Member of Congress, Author, Feminist

Bette Davis

Actor

Isaac Asimov

Author (fiction and non-fiction), Biochemist

Oscar Hammerstein II

Librettist, Theatrical Producer, Theatre Director

Joe Schwartzberg

Geographer, Author, Professor

Jean Stapleton

Actor

William Fulbright

Senator, Statesman

Harris Wofford

Senator, Statesman, Civil Rights Attorney, Author

Walter Cronkite

Journalist

Lloyd Bridges

Actor

John Steinbeck

Nobel Laureate, Novelist, Journalist

Former National Advisory Council Members