Victoria A. Espinel to Join Faculty of George Mason University School of Law

Victoria A. Espinel, former Assistant USTR for Intellectual Property and Innovation at the Office of the United States Trade Representative, will join the faculty of George Mason University School of Law as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the spring 2008 semester. She will teach International Trade, as well as an International Intellectual Property and Policy Seminar.

In her capacity as the first ever Assistant USTR for Intellectual Property and Innovation, Ms. Espinel was the chief U.S. trade negotiator for intellectual property and innovation, leading negotiations at the WTO, in U.S. free trade agreements and in bilateral discussions worldwide on a wide variety of intellectual property and innovation issues. She was chief policy advisor to the United States Trade Representative and the Administration agencies on intellectual property, innovation, and trade issues and developed and led United States trade policy on intellectual property and innovation, including the intersection between intellectual property and competition policy. Ms. Espinel also oversaw implementation and enforcement of intellectual property protection required under international trade rules, including intellectual property obligations under the WTO agreements and all U.S. free trade agreements.

Prior to becoming Assistant USTR for Intellectual Property and Innovation, Ms. Espinel served as Deputy Assistant USTR for Intellectual Property and as Associate General Counsel at USTR. Before joining USTR, Ms. Espinel was with the law firms of Covington & Burling in London and Washington, D.C., and Sidley, Austin, Brown & Wood in New York.

Ms. Espinel is the author of several published articles on international copyright issues. She holds an LLM from the London School of Economics, a JD from Georgetown University Law School, and a BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.

"Ms. Espinel is a splendid addition to our faculty," said Dean Daniel D. Polsby. "Her knowledge of international trade and international intellectual property issues would be difficult to replicate, and our law students will benefit greatly from the rich perspective she will bring to the classroom."