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Kevin Govern, J.D.


  • Bachelor of Arts, History and German Majors: Marquette University
  • Master of Laws (LL.M), International and Comparative Law: University of Notre Dame School of Law
  • Master of Laws, International and Operational Law Specialization: The Judge Advocate General’s School, U.S. Army
  • J.D.: Marquette University Law School


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 served as an assistant professor of law at the U.S. Military Academy and also has taught at the Ave Maria School of Law.

He has published widely and spoken frequently on international and comparative law, national security and homeland security law, military operations, and professional ethics.


  • Administrative Law
  • Constitutional Law for Paralegals
  • Intelligence Practices in Homeland Security
  • Law, Business and the Workplace
  • Law and Public Policy
  • Law/Punishment/Corrections

Selected Research

  • National Security and Homeland Defense Law and Policy
  • International Humanitarian Law
  • Civil-Military Operations
  • International, Comparative, Canon and Islamic Law
  • Human Rights Law
  • U.S. Constitutional Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Administrative Law, Contracts Law, Ethics and Professional Responsibility
  • Innovation and Improvement Within Organizations
  • Information Technology Development, Project Implementation and Sustainment

Selected Publications

  • The Geneva Conventions Between War and Peace: Sixty Years and Counting, Jurist Forum (August 2009)
  • Fidelity and Fairness: Mulieris Dignitatem's Wisdom Relating to Marital Commitments, Covenants, Contractual Relationships and the Church, © Rutgers Journal of Law & Religion (Spring 2009)
  • Agroterrorism and Ecoterrorism: Indo-American Approaches Under Law and Policy to Prevent and Defend Against These Potential Threats Ahead,© Florida Coastal Law Review (Winter 2009)
  • AFRICOM as the New "New Thing:" Mixed Metaphor or New Paradigm for the Developing World? © The Citadel Journal on Military Legitimacy and Leadership (2009)
  • Taking Shots at Mercenarism: International Law Misses its Mark (Again), Fordham International Law Journal (December 2008)
  • Book Review: Terrorist Recognition Handbook: A Practitioner's Manual for Predicting and Identifying Terrorist Activities, The Homeland Security Review (Fall 2008)
  • Maritime Pirates, Sea Robbers and Terrorists: New Approaches to Emerging Threats, © The Homeland Security Review (Fall 2008)
  • Sharing a SOFA With Iraq: Towards a Status of Forces Agreement, Jurist Forum (July 2008)
  • A Reflection on the Millennium Challenge 2002 War Game: Lessons to be Learned, Law & Policy Monitor (Spring 2008)
  • The Legal Way Ahead Between War and Peace, © in Enemy Combatants, Terrorism and Armed Conflict Law: A Guide to the Issues, Praeger Security International Series (2008)

Academic Department(s)

  • Department of Professional Studies

Academic Program(s)

  • M.S. Legal Studies
  • None
  • B.A. Jurisprudence with Concentration in Legal Studies (Online)
  • B.A. Jurisprudence with Concentration in Land Management (Online)
  • Certificate in Land Management (Online)