Professor Justin Hughes serves as senior advisor to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property for the Obama administration. In June, he led the U.S. delegation at the World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) Diplomatic Conference on the Protection of Audiovisual Performances in Beijing.

The conference successfully adopted the “Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances,” which will provide a platform for the harmonization of actors’ rights globally. Professor Hughes is widely credited with resuscitating efforts for the treaty after major negotiation breakdowns occurred in 1996 and 2000. “Although actors in the U.S. are well protected by collective bargaining, the treaty will help promote performers’ rights in other countries,” Hughes said.