Bachelor magna cum laude, Yale University, 1965. Juris Doctor, Yale University, 1970. Master of Arts with 1st class honorary in international law, Cambridge University, England, 1967.
Doctorate (honorary), City University of New York, 1995. Doctorate (honorary), Kenyon College, 2001. Doctorate (honorary), University Rhode Island, 2002.
Doctorate (honorary), University Western Bohemia, Czech. Republican, 2002.
Law clerk to Honorary Edward Weinfeld United States District Court (southern district) New York, 1970-1971. National counsel American Civil Liberties Union, 1971-1977, director Washington office, 1977-1984. Vice president government, community public affairs Harvard University, 1984-1993, senior associate science technical public policy program John F. Kennedy School Government, 1984-1993.
Assistant secretary for democracy, human rights and labor United States Department State, Washington, 1993-1998, United States ambassador to Czech Republic Prague, 1998-2000. Chief Executive Officer John F. Kennedy Presidential Library. Foundation, 2001—2009.
Lecturer Harvard Law School, 1986—1993. Senior fellow and lecturer Tisch College Public Service, Tufts University, 2007—2009. President & rector Central European University, Budapest, since 2009.
Board director The Petra Federation, American Friends of Czech Republic, American Bar Association Central & E. Law Institute, Common Cause. Fellow American Academy Arts Sciences.
Married Petra Tölle, May 17, 1970 (deceased March 1988). Married Ellen Hume, February 14, 1991. Children: Jessica, Rebecca, Peter, Susannah.