Property Rights Alliance (PRA), an affiliate of Americans for Tax Reform, stands as an advocacy organization dedicated to the protection of physical and intellectual property rights, both domestically and internationally.
PRA’s efforts to protect property rights are all-encompassing and include issues such as:
- Federal and state law for “takings” and the use of eminent domain
- Federal government land and building ownership
- U.S. environmental policy and its effect on private property ownership
- Piracy and counterfeiting of intellectual property in domestic and international arenas
- Property law and land ownership in developing countries in order to foster economic growth and democracy
- Strong intellectual and physical property safeguards for all trade agreements with the United States
On the international stage, PRA works closely with famed property rights champion and President of the Institute for Liberty and Democracy (ILD) in Lima, Peru, Hernando de Soto. With great help from the ILD and de Soto, PRA is proud to offer the Hernando de Soto Fellowship. Each year, the fellow works on the upcoming addition of the International Property Rights Index (IPRI).
The International Property Rights Index (IPRI) is the flagship publication of PRA. The IPRI scores the underlining institutions of a strong property rights regime: the legal and political environment, physical property rights, and intellectual property rights. It is the world’s only index entirely dedicated to the measurement of intellectual and physical property rights.
The ninth annual IPRI, released in 2016, covers 128 countries, 98 percent of world Gross Domestic Product and 93 percent of world population. It was produced by the Hernando De Soto Fellow Prof. Sary Levy-Carciente in partnership with PRA in Washington D.C. and 102 international organizations from 70 countries.
A tool for policymakers, business communities, and civic activists the IPRI highlights the essential role property rights play in creating a prosperous economy and just society. In addition, the 2016 index examines the robust relationship between property rights and other economic and social indicators of wellbeing including – gender equality, entrepreneurship, research and development, human development, civic activism, and ecological performance.
Lorenzo Montanari, Executive Director
Lorenzo Montanari, is Executive Director of the Property Rights Alliance (PRA), an advocacy group/think tank based in Washington, DC USA, affiliated to Americans for Tax Reform, committed to the protection of physical, legal and intellectual property rights around the world.
On the international stage, PRA works closely with famed property rights champion and President of the Institute for Liberty and Democracy (ILD) in Lima, Peru Hernando de Soto, and over 100 think tanks around the world.
At Property Rights Alliance, Lorenzo is in charge of publishing the International Property Rights Index, an international comparative study focus on intellectual and physical property rights. He is currently, Private Chair at the American Legislative Exchange Council’s Federalism & International Relations Task Force. Previously, he worked for a public affairs firm and at the international department of the GSPM/George Washington University in Washington, DC and as a political analyst and electoral observer in Latin America.
Lorenzo holds a BA in Political Science and in International Relations from the University of Bologna and MA in Political Management from the George Washington University. He collaborates with The Daily Caller and Forbes.
Philip Thompson, PRA Fellow
Philip Thompson, is an Associate at Property Rights Alliance (PRA) a Washington, D.C. based organization that partners with over 100+ international think tanks advocating for robust property right regimes around the world.
At PRA Philip specializes in writing and research related to intellectual property rights as well as supporting the International Property Rights Index an annual publication of PRA.
Before joining PRA Philip coordinated youth community development programs in the U.S. and the Caribbean for five years, he has also interned at the American Legislative Exchange Council’s foreign affairs task force and at the Cato Institute’s trade policy center.
Philip holds a BA in International Conflict and Resolution and an MA in International Commerce and Policy, both from George Mason University.
Colin Combs, PRA Associate
Colin Combs is the International Programs Associate for Americans for Tax Reform. He earned a BA in both Economics and Philosophy at Grove City College. His family lives in Auckland, New Zealand.
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