J. Steven Svoboda

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J. Steven Svoboda ist ein amerikanischer Anwalt, Gründer und Geschäftsführer der Organisation "Attorneys for the Rights of the Child".


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Svoboda graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1991. Previously, he received a bachelor's degree in Physics and English studies from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), receiving awards as an Outstanding Student in each of his two majors as well as being one of five Outstanding Seniors chosen from his undergraduate class. He then received a master's degree in Physics from the University of California at Berkeley.[1]

In 2015, he gave a speech on the topic "The rights of the child vs the rights of the parent" on the 14th symposium of Genital Autonomy and Children’s Rights.


Svoboda has been working as a full-time patent lawyer since May 2004. His first two patents became two of the core patents behind GPS navigation and Yelp. He has helped Fetch Robotics, Inc. receive eight patents to date with two more expected before the end of 2018. Svoboda founded Attorneys for the Rights of the Child in 1997.[1]

In July 2018, an international team of which Svoboda was a member—the International NGO Council on Genital Autonomy, submitted to the United Nations a report on circumcision as a human rights violation, capping nearly two full years of work. He has published over 200 reviews of books relating to men, boys, and gender. For eight years, he wrote a column for Everyman magazine titled, "Gender, Law, and Society," which he renamed after his first child's birth, "Gender, Law, and Fatherhood." He is co-author, with Warren Farrell and James Sterba, of the gender studies textbook Does Feminism Discriminate Against Men? (Oxford University Press, 2007). He has also been a contributor to the website Men's News Daily.[1]

Svoboda was invited by the United Nations to participate in a 2001 human rights meeting in Geneva where his presentation was the basis of a committee of experts writing a UN document entirely devoted to the subject of male circumcision.[1]

He was interviewed on Penn and Teller's television program on Showtime (TV network), where he explained his view of some of the legal aspects concerning male circumcision in the United States.[2]

After the death in June 2011 of his friend, the activist Van Lewis, Svoboda was invited to deliver a memorial speech in Lewis' honor at a memorial service in Tallahassee. Many activists contributed to Svoboda's memorial talk.[3]

ARC's work has been recognized by Harvard Law School, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Men's Health magazine, and numerous other well-known organizations and publications.[1]

Svoboda is also the founder of the Bus Stop Co-op, a vegetarian organic food cooperative in Berkeley, California.[4]

He is a former performance artist and a tournament chess player rated as an expert (the ranking below master) by the United States Chess Federation.[4]

He is the senior board member of and Public Relations Director for the National Coalition for Men, which claims to be the world's oldest and largest non-profit devoted to publicizing the alleged harm done to men and boys by gender discrimination.[4]

Svoboda remarried in 2018 to the former Gina Maria Mele, a business consultant with a Master's degree in neurobiology. He has two children, a boy and a girl.[4]



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  1. a b c d e REFweb (2019). J. Steven Svoboda bio, arclaw. Abgerufen 30. September 2019.
  2. REFweb (12. März 2016). Penn & Teller video, Attorneys for the Rights of the Child (ARC). Abgerufen 30. September 2019.
  3. REFweb Svoboda, J. Steven (2011). Van Lewis Eulogy, Attorneys for the Rights of the Child. Abgerufen 30. September 2019.
  4. a b c d REFweb (12. März 2016). J. Steven Svoboda, Esq., National Coalition for Men. Abgerufen 30. September 2019.