Kevin H. Govern

Professor of Law


Curriculum Vitae  


  • L.L.M., 2004, International and Comparative Law, University of Notre Dame School of Law
  • L.L.M., 1995, International and Operational Law, The Judge Advocate General’s School
  • J.D., 1987, Marquette University Law School
  • B.A., 1984, History and German Major, Marquette University

Areas of Expertise

  • International and Comparative Law, National Security, Military Law, Ethics

Professional Experience

Professor Govern began his legal career as an Army Judge Advocate, serving 20 years at every echelon during peacetime and war in worldwide assignments involving every legal discipline. He has also served as an Assistant Professor of Law at the United States Military Academy and has taught at California University of Pennsylvania and John Jay College. He has published widely and spoken frequently on international and comparative law, national security and homeland security, cyber security and cyber defense, military operations, and professional ethics.

Honors and Professional Affiliations

  • Federalist Society Junior Scholar Recognition (2012)
  • Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) Research Grant awarded for research into Islamic attitudes towards legitimacy of international law and international agreements (2007).
  • Phi Kappa Phi International Honor Society (Induction awarded for excellence in teaching and scholarship)(2007).
  • Knights of Columbus (4th Degree)(Unanimously elected Council Recorder, Trustee)(2006 – present).
  • Legion of Merit (Twice awarded for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements, while serving as a Commissioned Army Officer); eighteen other individual and unit awards and other U.S. and foreign decorations (1987-2007), and Most Outstanding Legal Professional in United States Special Operations Command (Major General William Garrison Award)(awarded 2000).
  • Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity Certificates of Appreciation – Magister (1987), Assistant Province President (1993), Active Life Member (1993), Province President (1994).
  • Active Licensed Real Estate Broker, State of Wisconsin (1986 – Present).
  • Member, Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States (1995 – present), and Bar of Eastern and Western Federal District Courts and Supreme Court of the State of Wisconsin (1987 – present).
  • Den Leader, Parent Volunteer, Merit Badge Counselor, Boy Scouts of America (2004 – present). Volunteer, Alpha House Interfaith Hospitality Shelter (2007 –2009) Habitat for Humanity (2003-2007), West Point Women’s Club Scholarship Fundraiser Events (2004-2007), and Catechism Instructor (2006-2007).
  • George C. Marshall ROTC Award (Top 1% nationwide) (1984), Distinguished Military Graduate (Top 20% nationwide) (1984), Superior Cadet Award (Top in class) (1981, 1984), Association of the U.S. Army Award (Highest accomplishment in class) (1982, 1983) Army ROTC Distinguished Military Student (Top 33% in class) (1983), Army ROTC Scholarship Award (Full university tuition) (1981-1984), American Jurisprudence Award for Excellence in Labor Arbitration and Collective Bargaining (1987).

Key Works

  • Publications
    • Cultural and Legal Influences and Impediments to Cultivating Peace and Human Rights in Islamic States, 2 Impunity Watch Annual Review 54 (2012)
    • The ‘Great Game’ & the US-Afghan Strategic Partnership Agreement, © Jurist Forum (May 22, 2012).
    • Operation Neptune Spear: Was Killing Bin Laden A Legitimate Military Objective?, Targeted Killings: Law and Morality in An Asymmetrical World, Edited By Claire Finkelstein, Jens Ohlin and Andrew Altman (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012).
    • Hungary and Mexico’s Constitutional Parallels, © Jurist Forum (February 11, 2012).
    • Iraq Withdrawal Highlights The Need For Smart Power, © Jurist Forum (December 13, 2011).
    • Presentations
    • Featured Panelist Speaker on “Warrant-Based Targeting:” Prosecution-Oriented Operations, Advancing The Rule of Law, As A Legal and Moral Alternative To Targeted Killing,©University of Pennsylvania Institute for Law and Policy, Philadelphia, PA (May 2011).
    • Featured Speaker on Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Care Administration, The Institute for Law and Public Policy, Ave Maria School of Law, Naples, FL (April 2012) and Rosemont College, Rosemont, PA (December 2010).
    • Featured Speaker on Religion and the Rule of Law: Shari’a, Democracy and the Human Rights, South Carolina Bar Convention, Columbia, SC (January 2012).
    • Featured Panelist Speaker on Ethical and Legal Dimensions of Targeted Killing, University of Pennsylvania Institute for Law and Policy, Philadelphia, PA (December 2011).
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