Ana S. Ayala, J.D., LL.M., is an Institute Associate. She was a law fellow at the O'Neill Institute from 2010 to 2012. She holds a Master of Laws in Global Health Law from Georgetown University; a law degree from American University, Washington College of Law; and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and International Studies from the University of Chicago.
At the O'Neill Institute, Ana has worked on global health law projects on a number of areas, including health and human rights, global tobacco-control litigation, sexual and reproductive rights, patients' rights, and the World Health Organization's International Health Regulations (2005). Her work has particularly focused on the Latin American region. Through her projects, Ana has worked with a range of organizations, such as the World Health Organization, Open Society Foundations, Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, the Consortium of Universities for Global Health, the Lawyers Collective, and Women's Link Worldwide.
Prior to joining the O'Neill Institute, as student attorney at American University's International Human Rights Law Clinic, Ana co-drafted the proposal for the resolution passed by the African Commission of Human and Peoples' Rights in November 2008 on access to medicines and the right to health and also conducted analytical work on the local implementation of a universal health care system in the Lewis & Clark County of Montana. Additionally, Ana has worked in a number of organizations, including Human Rights First, the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL), the Domestic Violence and Family Law Program at Ayuda, and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.