JEFFREY D. KOVAR
Jeffrey Kovar is the Assistant Legal Adviser for International Claims and Investment Disputes at the U.S. Department of State. He directs an office of 20 attorneys who seek to resolve the claims of American citizens against foreign governments and defend the U.S. interests in arbitrations brought by foreign investors under the NAFTA and CAFTA-DR, as well as before the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal in The Hague.
From 2005-2008, Mr. Kovar was the Legal Adviser to the U.S. Mission to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva, where he provided advice on a wide range of international law matters. From 1998-2005, Mr. Kovar was Assistant Legal Adviser for Private International Law at the Department of State in Washington, where he directed the negotiation and implementation of new and uniform international rules of commercial law, family law, and international judicial assistance.
Mr. Kovar has been with the Office of the Legal Adviser of the State Department since 1986, and has led or participated in countless bilateral and multilateral negotiations. In 2005, he led the U.S. delegation to the successful conclusion of the Hague Choice of Court Convention, and in 1992 led negotiations for the United States on the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development. Mr. Kovar has worked in a variety of public international law areas, including human rights and refugees, armed conflict, environmental protection, outer space cooperation, Antarctica, investment claims and disputes, and East Asian and Pacific affairs. He was formerly and Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center, where he conducted a graduate seminar on international human rights law.
A graduate of Williams College (1980) and the University of Michigan Law School (1985), Mr. Kovar began his legal career as a law clerk to the late Hugh H. Bownes of the U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Kovar lives in Washington, DC.