Property Rights Alliance (PRA), and an affiliate of American’s 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 produces the upcoming edition 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 eleventh edition of the IPRI, released in 2017, covers 127 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 more than 100 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 well-being 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, Policy Analyst for Intellectual Property and International Trade
Philip Thompson is a Policy Analyst at PRA specializing in international intellectual property legislation and trade policy, in addition, Philip also supports 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.
David Cohen, International Affairs Associate
David Cohen is an international affairs associate supporting PRA in international intellectual property rights, physical property rights, and trade policy research and advocacy.
Before joining PRA David served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and interned at the Institute of World Politics as a research associate studying Russian and Chinese statecraft.
David holds a BA in International Affairs from the University of South Florida and is currently studying for a MA in National Security Affairs at the Institute of World Politics.
Kevin Adams, International Affairs Associate
Kevin Adams is an international affairs associate supporting PRA in international intellectual property rights, physical property rights, and trade policy research.
Before joining PRA, Kevin worked as a legislative assistant in the Maryland State Senate.
Kevin holds a B.A. in Government & Politics and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Maryland. He will start law school this fall at George Washington University.
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For more information, please contact: Lorenzo Montanari, Executive Director of Property Rights Alliance. p: 202-785-0266 @: firstname.lastname@example.org