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Benn McGrady

Benn McGrady

Project Director of the Trade, Investment and Health Initiative
Adjunct Professor of Law

Georgetown Profile

Benn McGrady, Ph.D., directs the O’Neill Institute Initiative on Trade, Investment and Health and is an Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches International Trade and Health and co-teaches Public Health and International Investment Law.

Benn's research examines the intersection of public international law and health, with a particular focus on international trade and investment law and regulation of risk factors for non-communicable diseases. Benn has advised public health bodies, foreign governments and inter-governmental organizations on various aspects of public international law and has particular experience advising on the implications of international trade and investment agreements for domestic public health measures as well as on legal issues concerning the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

Originally from Australia, Dr. McGrady holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Laws (hons) and a doctorate from Monash University in Melbourne, as well as a Master of Laws (dist) (Global Health Law) from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Selected Publications


McGrady, Benn. Trade and Public Health: The WTO, Tobacco, Alcohol and Diet. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011.

Commissioned Papers

McGrady, Benn. Confronting the Tobacco Epidemic in a New Era of Trade and Investment Liberalization. Geneva: World Health Organization, 2012.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

McGrady, Benn. “Legalization As An Institutional Choice In The Context Of Research And Development.” Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 90, no. 11 (2012): 794–794A.

McGrady, Benn. “Revisiting TRIPS and Trademarks: The Case of Tobacco.” TDM 5 (2012).

Boister, Neil & McGrady, Benn. “Why and How to Make a Treaty Crime of Medicine Counterfeiting: A reply to Attaran, Bate and Kendall.” Journal of International Criminal Justice, 9, no. 4 (2011): 947.

McGrady, Benn. "Fragmentation of International Law or "Systemic Integration" of Treaty Regimes: EC—Biotech Products and the Proper Interpretation of Article 31(3)(c) of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties." Journal of World Trade 42, no. 4 (2009): 589-618.

McGrady, Benn. "Necessity Exceptions in WTO Law: Retreaded Tyres, Regulatory Purpose and Cumulative Regulatory Measures." Journal of International Economic Law 12, no. 1 (2009): 153-173.

McGrady, Benn. US Engagement in International Tobacco Control: A Report of the CSIS Global Health Policy Center. Washington: Center for Strategic and International Studies, 2009.

McGrady, Benn. "TRIPs and Trademarks: The Case of Tobacco." World Trade Review 3, no. 1 (2004): 53-82.

Book Chapters

McGrady, Benn. “Implications of Ongoing Trade and Investment Disputes: Philip Morris v Uruguay.” In Mitchell, Andrew, Voon, Tania and Liberman, Jonathan, Public Health And Plain Packaging Of Cigarettes: Legal Issues, U.K: Edward Elgar, 2012.


McGrady, Benn. “Panel Report, US – Clove Cigarettes.” European Journal of Risk Regulation, 4, (2011): 600 & “Appellate Body Report, US – Clove Cigarettes.” European Journal of Risk Regulation, 2, (2012): 251

McGrady, Benn. “Philip Morris v. Uruguay: The Punta del Este Declaration on the Implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.” European Journal of Risk Regulation, 2, (2011): 254

McGrady, Benn. “UN General Assembly to Address Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases.” European Journal of Risk Regulation, 4, (2010): 419