Speaker: Eric L. Hirschhorn, Under Secretary of the U.S. Commerce Department for the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS)
Topic: National Security and Export Controls – A Conversation with Eric Hirschhorn
Location: Congregation Beit Tikva, 2230 Old Pecos Trail
Cost: $15 CIR Members/ $20 Non-members & Guests
This special event is cosponsored by Congregation Beit Tikva and the Santa Fe Council on International Relations (CIR).
The discussion (with moderator Philip Goldstone) will focus on external threats to U.S. intellectual property and defense technology, and the means of protecting those assets.
Eric L. Hirschhorn oversees agencies that manage the U.S. export control and treaty compliance system and promote U.S. technology leadership. President Barack Obama appointed him to be the under secretary of commerce for industry and security on March 29, 2010. Mr. Hirschhorn was sworn in on April 2, 2010.
From 1980 to 1981, Mr. Hirschhorn was the deputy assistant secretary for export administration at the Commerce Department, controlling exports of items having commercial and military applications, ensuring anti-boycott compliance, and restraining certain imports for national security reasons. He also represented Commerce on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).
Earlier, while a member of President Jimmy Carter’s reorganization project staff (1977-1980), he worked to strengthen the government’s international trade, public diplomacy, and foreign assistance mechanisms.
Before working in the executive branch, Mr. Hirschhorn held several congressional staff positions, was in private law practice in New York City, and was a legal services lawyer. After returning to private practice in 1981, Mr. Hirschhorn advised foreign and domestic clients regarding export and embargo regulations, as well as financing and other aspects of international transactions.
Mr. Hirschhorn is the former Executive Secretary of the Industry Coalition on Technology Transfer (ICOTT), a group whose trade association and industry participants are affected by U.S. export control and embargo rules. He is the author of The Export Control and Embargo Handbook and numerous articles on export controls, embargoes and related topics. Mr. Hirschhorn received his B.A. degree from the University of Chicago and a J.D. degree from Columbia University, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.