Catherine McGovern

Dr. Catherine Bigley McGovern holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Arts and also in Education from Hunter College, Park Avenue, New York; a Masters in Arts and Communications from the University of South Dakota, Vermillion; a Doctorate in Education from the University of South Dakota, Vermillion; a JD from The John Marshall School of Law, Chicago and an LLM in Intellectual Property from The John Marshall School of Law, Chicago. Dr. McGovern researches in the areas of Copyright Law; protection of folklore; mediation in the return of Nazi-confiscated Jewish-owned art; the return of human remains and lastly in the role of the mini-grant to women’s arts organizations. She is active in several Arts organizations and is the Membership Chair of the Cultural Property committee of the International Bar Association. She is founder of Mediarts, a mediation practice focused on solution of arts issues through mediation. Dr. McGovern has been a Visiting Scholar at the University of Tasmania School of Law, Australia and Handong International Law School, Pohang, Korea. She has been a Visiting Professor at the University of New Hampshire School of Law and was a member of the faculty of the Franklin Pierce Centre for Intellectual Property.  In addition, she co-created and organized with her husband, Professor Peter J. McGovern and the Department of Cultural Resources State of New Hampshire the Arts, Culture and Law Conference held yearly at the University of New Hampshire School of Law. Dr. McGovern is an invited speaker and active consultant in the areas of the Arts. Dr. McGovern is a member of the Board of Trustees of Red Arch. At the law school Dr. McGovern has co-taught a course addressing the legal regulations and issues of art within public and private and this year will teach an interdisciplinary course addressing the role of the Law in protecting the arts. Dr. McGovern has most recently served as panel-member and co-organizer of the region-wide conference Protecting the Creative Spirit: the Law and the Arts hosted by Plymouth State University, Plymouth New Hampshire.