An international jury has awarded the 2019 Stockholm Prize in Criminology to School of Public Policy Professor Peter Reuter and to former Swiss President Ruth Dreifuss. The jury cited Reuter’s work on drug policy and President Dreifuss’ support of seminal experiments in Heroin Assisted Therapy.
The Stockholm Prize, established by the Swedish Ministry of Justice in 2006, is the most prestigious award in criminology research.
“Peter Reuter is a great asset to the School of Public Policy, and I am particularly pleased that he is being cited for work that has had an impact on policy, as signaled by his being paired with Ruth Dreifuss for this award,” said Dean Robert C. Orr. “Peter’s research continues to be not only analytically rigorous, but also highly impactful in the world of practice.”
Retuer has been a professor at SPP since 1993. His drug policy work in the 1980s and 1990s culminated in MacCoun and Reuter’s Drug War Heresies: Learning from other Vices, Times and Places (Cambridge University Press, 2001). Nearly 20 years after its publication, the book still provides the most relevant analysis of the positive and negative consequences of drug legalization. Reuter’s research continues to have impact and relevance, as indicated by his invited address to the British Home Secretary’s high-level conference on Serious and Violent Crime in London.
View the award announcement ceremony including an interview with Professor Reuter.