Ivana Kunda is an Associate Professor and the Head of the International and European Private Law Department at the Faculty of Law of the University of Rijeka and the Vice-Dean for Research. She was awarded the University of Rijeka Foundation Award for the Year of 2008. She was granted international scholarships including the Fulbright Research Fellow scholarship in 2010 for the research at the Columbia University, the Gewerblicher Rechtsschutz und Urheberrecht scholarship in 2007, 2008 and 2014 for the research at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition and the Deutsche Stiftung für internationale rechtliche Zusammenarbeit scholarship in 2002 for research at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law and the University of Hamburg.
She authored papers published in Croatia and abroad and a monograph on overriding mandatory provisions. She was or currently is a member of the research teams in several EU and national projects. She was visiting professor at the University of Navarra, the IULM, the University Antwerp, the University of Ljubljana, WIPO Summer School and the MSU Croatia Summer Institute. Among her professional memberships are those in the ILA and ATRIP, while she also acts as deputy president of the Croatian Comparative Law Association.