Daniel Kovalik

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Daniel Kovalik
ResidencePittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Alma materColumbia Law School
Years active1987 - present
Spouse(s)Christine Haas
Parent(s)Richard and Bonnie Kovalik

Dan Kovalik is a human rights, labor rights lawyer and peace activist.[1][2] He has contributed to articles CounterPunch, Huffington Post and TeleSUR.[3][4] He currently teaches International Human Rights at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.[3]


Kovalik attended Columbia Law School and graduated from the school in 1993.[3]

Career work[edit]

Kovalik has been involved in international human rights and social justice, mainly in Latin America.[1] He is also a critic of the United States foreign policy.[5] Kovalik has also published his first book, The Plot to Scapegoat Russia which was published as of June 6, 2017.[6]


The Christian Science Monitor named Kovalik "one of the most prominent defenders of Colombian workers in the United States".[4] He worked on the Alien Tort Claims Act cases against The Coca-Cola Company, Drummond Company and Occidental Petroleum over alleged human rights abuses in Colombia.[3] Kovalik also accuses the United States of intervention in Colombia saying it has threatened peaceful actors there so it may "make Colombian land secure for massive appropriation and exploitation".[7] He also accused the Colombian and United States governments of overseeing mass killings in Colombia between 2002 and 2009.[8]


Kovalik is a supporter of the Venezuelan government.[9] He has defended the Venezuelan government following both the 2014 Venezuelan protests[10] and the Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act of 2014 law enacted by the United States allowing the sanctioning of individuals who allegedly violated the human rights of Venezuelans.[11] In a radio interview with Matt Dwyer about Venezuela's 2013 elections, Kovalik called the Bolivarian Revolution "the most benevolent revolution in history".[9][12] On 26 February 2014, he attended the "Chávez Was Here" gathering created by the Embassy of Venezuela, Washington, D.C. to commemorate the legacy of Hugo Chávez and to show support for the Bolivarian Revolution. At the gathering, Kovalik spoke beside the Venezuelan ambassador Julio Escalona and economist Mark Weisbrot.[12][13][14]

United States[edit]

In the United States, Kovalik works as the Associate General Counsel of the United Steelworkers union.[3] As a critic of the foreign policy of the United States,[5] Kovalik describes every President of the United States that followed World War II as a "War Criminal" and believes that United States citizens accept poor actions by its leaders, stating that "it is this acceptance, especially by the Liberal establishment, which continues to allow the worst crimes to continue today in the name of democracy, freedom and human rights".[15] He is also critical of the Responsibility to protect (R2P) doctrine, believing that it is "a tool of U.S. intervention".



  1. ^ a b "Dan Kovalik". Huffington Post. Retrieved 19 December 2014.
  2. ^ "Dan Kovalik". People's World. Retrieved 19 December 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Daniel Kovalik Adjunct Professor of Law". University of Pittsburgh. Archived from the original on December 20, 2014. Retrieved 19 December 2014.
  4. ^ a b c "Daniel Kovalik". teleSUR. Retrieved 19 December 2014.
  5. ^ a b Kovalik, Daniel. "Seven Truths Inconvenient to U.S. Foreign Policy". CounterPunch. Retrieved 19 December 2014.
  6. ^ http://skyhorsepublishing.com/titles/12932-9781510730328-plot-to-scapegoat-russia
  7. ^ Kovalik, Daniel (8 May 2012). "Colombia: The Empire Strikes Back". Huffington Post. Retrieved 19 December 2014.
  8. ^ Kovalik, Daniel (1 June 2012). "U.S. and Colombia Cover Up Atrocities Through Mass Graves". Huffington Post. Retrieved 19 December 2014.
  9. ^ a b "49 – Dan Kovalik Social Critic/Human Rights Lawyer". Feral Audio. Retrieved 19 December 2014. My take on it is that it is a revolutionary government and that it is the most benevolent revolution in history, and I’m not exaggerating.
  10. ^ Kovalik, Daniel (20 February 2014). "In Defense of Venezuela". Huffington Post. Retrieved 19 December 2014.
  11. ^ Kovalik, Daniel (18 December 2014). "U.S. Is Trying To Sanction Progress in Venezuela/Latin America". Huffington Post. Retrieved 19 December 2014.
  12. ^ a b "The Legacy of Hugo Chávez One Year After His Death (Audio)". North American Congress on Latin America. Archived from the original Check |url= value (help) on 19 August 2013. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
  13. ^ "Peoples of Latin America continue progressing to reach our destiny: independence". Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Archived from the original on 8 July 2014. Retrieved 3 October 2014.
  14. ^ "Por Aquí Paso Chávez". Flickr. Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Retrieved 19 September 2014.
  15. ^ Kovalik, Daniel. "Jimmy Carter & the Myth of the Human Rights President". State of Nature. Retrieved 24 September 2015.
  16. ^ a b "Talk by Daniel Kovalik: COKE, COLOMBIA, AND HUMAN RIGHTS (Updated)". Coalition Against Coke Contracts (CACC). Retrieved 19 December 2014.

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