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Ruth Jebe, J.D.

ruth jebe

Hansberger Chair of Business Ethics, Associate Professor, Management • (208) 426-7012 • Mail Stop: 1625
Office Number: MBEB 2107 • Office Hours: by appointment

Ruth earned her J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School and practiced law in Stamford, Connecticut for 11 years, focusing on real estate development, commercial construction, food service, and grocery retailing. As a generalist litigator, she helped clients understand and leverage relevant law and gained experience in transactional real estate, contracts and leasing arrangements, and administrative law (including zoning and state licensing). Ruth moved into academia in 2004 and taught at the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business for 12 years. In 2016, she joined the College of Business and Economics at Boise State University. In recognition of her work in business ethics and sustainability, she was appointed the college’s first Robert V. Hansberger Endowed Chair of Business Ethics in 2022. She teaches courses in sustainability, sustainable business strategy, business ethics, corporate social responsibility and the legal environment of business. Her research focuses on the nexus of public and private institutions in regulatory governance, both domestically and internationally, and especially as applied to sustainability issues. She has published articles in the George Washington International Law Review, the Cardozo Journal of International and Comparative Law, Connecticut Journal of International Law, and the American Business Law Journal.


B.A. Philosophy, University of Minnesota
J.D., University of Minnesota Law School
M.S. Management, Daniels College of Business/University of Denver

Teaching Areas

Business Ethics
Corporate Social Responsibility
Sustainable Business
Legal Environment of Business

Areas of Expertise

Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility, Corporate Sustainability Reporting

Featured Publications

The Convergence of Financial and ESG Materiality: Taking Sustainability Mainstream, American Business Law Journal, 56 Am. B. L. J. 546 (2019).

Fostering Corporate Sustainability Through Directors’ Duties:  South Africa’s Attempt to Align Corporate Governance with its Constitution ILSA Journal of International and Comparative Law (2019)

Corporate Sustainability Reporting and “Material Information:” An Empirical Study of Materiality under the GRI and <IR> Frameworks 33 Connecticut Journal of International Law 95 (Fall 2017)

 Sustainability Reporting and New Governance:  South Africa Marks the Path to Improved Corporate Disclosure 23 Cardozo Journal of International and Comparative Law 233 (Winter 2015)

 China’s Export Restrictions of Raw Materials and Rare Earths:  A New Balance between Free Trade and Environmental Protection?44 George Washington International Law review 579 (2012)


Appointment to Boise State University College of Business and Economics Robert V. Hansberger Endowed Chair of Business Ethics (2022-2027)

Invited participant for American Business Law Journal (ABLJ) Invited Scholars Colloquium, Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Portland, Oregon (August 2018)

C. Thomas Howard Endowed Teacher Scholar Award for Innovation in Teaching Daniels College of Business, University of Denver, 2007-2008

Pioneer Ambassadors Outstanding Teacher Award – University of Denver Alumni Association, University of Denver, 2005-2006

Charles M. Hewitt Master Teacher Competition Finalist – Academy of Legal Studies in Business (ALSB) Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, Indiana, August 2007