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Program in Intellectual Property Law

Constructing International Intellectual Property Law: The Role of National Courts

Chicago-Kent College of Law, October 18-19, 2001

Jeffrey D. Kovar

Jeffrey D. Kovar is the Assistant Legal Adviser for Private International Law at the U.S. Department of State. He directs U.S. activities at several international organizations for the negotiation and implementation of new and uniform international rules of private law. Current projects include jurisdiction and the enforcement of foreign judgments, international arbitration and mediation, project finance, electronic commerce, transborder insolvency, commercial finance, transport law, international child abduction, and child support enforcement.

With the State Department since 1986, Mr. Kovar has also worked in a wide variety of public international law areas, including human rights and refugees, environmental protection, outer space cooperation, Antarctica, investment claims and disputes, and East Asian and Pacific affairs. He was formerly an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center, where he conducted a graduate seminar on international human rights law. A graduate of Williams College and the University of Michigan Law School, Mr. Kovar began his legal career as a law clerk to the Hon. Hugh H. Bownes of the U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals.


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