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Lawrence Gostin

Lawrence O. Gostin, an internationally acclaimed scholar, is University Professor, Georgetown University's highest academic rank conferred by the University President. Prof. Gostin directs the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law and was the Founding O’Neill Chair in Global Health Law. He served as Associate Dean for Research at Georgetown Law from 2004 to 2008. He is Professor of Medicine at Georgetown University, Professor of Public Health at the Johns Hopkins University, and Director of the Center for Law & the Public's Health at Johns Hopkins and Georgetown Universities.

Prof. Gostin holds a number of international academic professorial appointments. He is Visiting Professor (Faculty of Medical Sciences) and Research Fellow (Centre for Socio-Legal Studies) at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom. Prof. Gostin is the Claude Leon Foundation Distinguished Scholar and Visiting Professor at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. He serves on the Governing Board of Directors of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health.

Prof. Gostin is the Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center on Public Health Law and Human Rights. He also serves on the WHO Director-General's Advisory Committee on Reforming the World Health Organization. In 2007, the WHO Director-General appointed Prof. Gostin to the International Health Regulations (IHR) Roster of Experts and the Expert Advisory Panel on Mental Health.

Prof. Gostin holds numerous editorial appointments in prestigious academic journals throughout the world. His principal position is the Health Law and Ethics Editor, Contributing Writer, and Columnist for the Journal of the American Medical Association. He is also Founding Editor-in-Chief of Laws (an international open access law journal).

Prof. Gostin holds three honorary degrees. In 1994, the Chancellor of the State University of New York conferred an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree. In 2006, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Vice Chancellor awarded Cardiff University's (Wales) highest honor, an Honorary Fellow. In 2007, the Royal Institute of Public Health designated Prof. Gostin as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health (FRSPH).

Prof. Gostin, an elected lifetime Member of the Institute of Medicine/National Academy of Sciences, serves on the Board on Health Sciences Policy, the Human Subjects Review Board, and the Committee on Science, Technology, and Law. He currently chairs the IOM Committee on National Preparedness for Mass Disasters, and has chaired Committees on privacy, genomics, and prisoner research. The IOM awarded Prof. Gostin the Adam Yarmolinsky Medal for distinguished service to further its mission of science and health. He received the Public Health Law Association's Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award “in recognition of a career devoted to using law to improve the public's health” presented at the CDC.

Internationally, Prof. Gostin received the Rosemary Delbridge Memorial Award from the National Consumer Council (U.K.) for the person “who has most influenced Parliament and government to act for the welfare of society.” He also received the Key to Tohoko University (Japan) for distinguished contributions to human rights in mental health.

Prof. Gostin has led major law reform initiatives in the U.S., including the drafting of the Model Emergency Health Powers Act (MEHPA) to combat bioterrorism and the “Turning Point” Model State Public Health Act. He is also leading a drafting team on developing a Model Public Health Law for the World Health Organization.

Prof. Gostin is engaged in three major international initiatives on global health governance: (1) a “Framework Convention on Human Services” for the World Bank—a multilateral treaty on the health care professional capacity in poor and middle income countries; (2) a “Framework Convention on Global Health”—a multilateral treaty ensuring “basic survival needs” for the world's poor; and (3) a Global Plan for Justice—a global compact to fund essential medicines, basic survival needs, and climate change.

Prof. Gostin founded, together with academic and civil society partners from around the world, The Joint Learning Initiative on National and Global Responsibilities for Health (JALI). JALI – a global campaign for a Framework Convention on Global Health based on the human right to health – was featured in the World Health Report 2010. JALI convened global stakeholder meetings in Oslo, Berlin, Johannesburg, Delhi, and Bellagio.

In April 2011, the United Nations General Secretary, Ban Ki Moon, endorsed Prof. Gostin's foundational proposal for a global health treaty: “Countries must commit to global solidarity, built on the tenets of shared responsibility, true national ownership and mutual accountability. Let the AIDS response be a beacon of global solidarity for health as a human right and set the stage for a future United Nations Framework Convention on Global Health.”

In the United Kingdom, Lawrence Gostin was the Legal Director of the National Association for Mental Health, Director of the National Council of Civil Liberties (the UK equivalent of the ACLU), and a Fellow at Oxford University. He helped draft the current Mental Health Act (England and Wales) and brought several landmark cases before the European Court of Human Rights.

Prof. Gostin's latest books are: Public Health Law and Ethics: A Reader (University of California Press, 2nd ed., 2010); Public Health Law: Power, Duty, Restraint (University of California Press, 2nd ed. 2008); Principles of Mental Health Law & Practice (Oxford University Press, 2010). He is currently working on a book for Harvard University Press, entitled: Global Health Law: International Law, Global Institutions, and World Health.

Selected Publications

2015

Gostin, Lawrence O. "States Must Tighten Laws That Let Parents Opt Out of Vaccinating Kids ." National Law Journal, February 4, 2015.

2014

Phelan, Alexandra L, Lawrence O Gostin, and Daniel Lucey. "A United Nations Security Council Resolution is Essential to Preventing the Threat to International Peace and Security Posed by Ebola." The O’Neill Institue for National and Global Health Law Statement (2014).

Gostin, Lawrence O. "Comment: Healthy Living Needs Global Governance." Nature, July 9, 2014.

Glasner, Aliza Y., Erin E. Wilhelm, Lawrence O. Gostin, and Ira Shoulson. "Facilitating Medical Product Development Through Voluntary Data Sharing: A Look At The Legal Issues." Georgetown University Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation (CERSI) (2014).

Gostin, Lawrence O., Bruce M. Altevogt, and Andrew M. Pope. "Future Oversight of Recombinant DNA Research: Recommendations of an Institute of Medicine Committee." JAMA (2014).

Gostin, Lawrence O., and Devi Sridhar. "Global Health and the Law." The New England Journal of Medicine 370 (2014): 1732-1740.

Gostin, Lawrence O. Global Health Law. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2014.

Gostin, Lawrence O., James G. Hodge , and Scott Burris. "Is the United States Prepared for Ebola?" JAMA (2014).

Gostin, Lawrence O. "Legal and Ethical Responsibilities Following Brain Death." JAMA 10.1001/jama.2014.660 (2014).

Gostin, Lawrence O. "Legal and Ethical Responsibilities Following Brain Death: The McMath and Muñoz Cases." JAMA 311, no. 9 (2014).

Gostin, Lawrence O. , Daniel Lucey, and Alexandra Phelan. "The Ebola Epidemic: A Global Health Emergency." JAMA (2014).

Gostin, Lawrence O, Eric Friedman, and Dan Hougendobler. "West Africa’s Ebola Epidemic Is Out of Control, but Never Had to Happen." The O'Neill Institue for National and Global Health Law Briefing, no. 9 (2014).

Gostin, Lawrence O., and D. Sridhar. "World Health Organization: past, present and future." The Public Health Journal 128, no. 2 (2014): 117-118.

2013

Friedman, Eric A., and Lawrence O. Gostin. "Pillars for Progress on the Right to Health". In Advancing the Human Right to Health. London: Oxford University Press, 2013.

Cabrera, Oscar A., and Lawrence O. Gostin. "Global Tobacco Control: A Vital Component of the Right to Health". In Advancing the Human Right to Health. London: Oxford University Press, 2013.

Zuniga, José M., Lawrence O. Gostin, and Stephen P. Marks, eds. Advancing the Human Right to Health. London: Oxford University Press, 2013.

Gostin, Lawrence O. "Bloomberg's Health Legacy: Urban Innovator or Meddling Nanny?" Hastings Center Report 43, no. 5 (2013).

Gostin, Lawrence O. "PEPFAR’s Antiprostitution Pledge: Spending Power and Free Speech in Tension." Journal of the American Medical Association 310, no. 11 (2013).

Friedman, Eric A., Jashodhara Dasgupta, Lawrence O. Gostin, and Alicia Ely Yamin. "Realizing the Right to Health Through a Framework Convention on Global Health?" Health and Human Rights: An International Journal Introduction, no. 15, 1 (2013).

Gostin, Lawrence O., Gillian J. Buckley, and Patrick W. Kelley. "Stemming the Global Trade in Falsified and Substandard Medicines." JAMA doi:10.1001/jama.2013.3048 (2013).

Bryan, Thomas, and Lawrence O. Gostin. "Tackling the Global NCD Crisis: Innovations in Law and Governance." Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics. Spring 2013 41, no. 1 (2013): p16-27. DOI: 10.1111/jlme.12002.

Bryan, Thomas, and Lawrence O. Gostin. "Tobacco endgame strategies: challenges in ethics and law." Tobacco Control 2013, no. 22 (2013): i55-i57.

Gostin, Lawrence O. "Who Owns Human Genes? Is DNA Patentable?" Journal of the American Medical Association 310, no. 8 (2013).

2012

Gostin, Lawrence O. "A Framework Convention on Global Health: Health for All, Justice for All." Journal of the American Medical Association 307, no. 19 (2012).

Meier, Benjamin M, Oscar A Cabrera, Ana S Ayala, and Lawrence O Gostin. "Bridging International Law and Rights-based Litigation: Mapping Health-related Rights through the Development of the Global Health and Human Rights Database." Health and Human Rights: An International Journal (2012).

Kim, Susan C. , Lawrence O. Gostin, and Thomas B. Cole. "Child Abuse Reporting: Rethinking Child Protection." Journal of the American Medical Association 308, no. 1 (2012): 37-38.

Tia, Powell, and Lawrence O. Gostin. "Emergency Preparedness and Public Health: The Lessons of Hurricane Sandy." JAMA (2012).

Jay, Jonathan, and Lawrence O. Gostin. "Ethical Challenges of Preexposure Prophylaxis for HIV." Journal of the American Medical Association (2012).

Sridhar, Devi, Lawrence O. Gostin, and Derek Yach. "Healthy Governance." Foreign Affairs, May 24, 2012.

Gostin, Lawrence O., and Eric A. Friedman. "Pillars for progress on the right to health: Harnessing the potential of human rights through a Framework Convention on Global Health." Health and Human Rights: An International Journal 14, no. 1 (2012).

Kraemer, John D., and Lawrence O. Gostin. "The Power to Block the Affordable Care Act: What Are the Limits?" JAMA 19, no. 308 (2012): 1975-1976.

Kurowski, C., L. Gostin, and T. Baytor. "Towards a Regional Strategy to Strengthen the Nurse Workforce of the English-speaking CARICOM: International Legal Instruments, Agreements and Obligations." World Bank (2012).

2011

Gostin, Lawrence O., and Graciela R. Ostera. "Biosafety Concerns Involving Genetically Modified Mosquitoes to Combat Malaria and Dengue in Developing Countries." Journal of the American Medical Association 305, no. 9 (2011): 930-931.

Gostin, Lawrence O., and Katherine L. Record. "Dangerous People or Dangerous Weapons - Access to Firearms for Persons With Mental Illness." Journal of the American Medical Association 305, no. 20 (2011): 2108-2109.

Gostin, Lawrence O., and Susan C. Kim. "Ethical Allocation of Preexposure HIV Prophylaxis." Journal of the American Medical Association 305, no. 2 (2011): 191-192.

Stewart, Katie, and Lawrence O. Gostin. "Food and Drug Administration Regulation of Food Safety." Journal of the American Medical Association 306, no. 1 (2011): 88-89.

O’Brien, Paula, and Lawrence O. Gostin. Health Worker Shortages and Global Justice. New York: Milbank Memorial Fund, 2011.

Cabrera, Oscar A., and Lawrence O. Gostin. "Human rights and the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control: mutually reinforcing systems." Cambridge University Press, International Journal of Law in Context 7, no. 3 (2011): 285-303.

Hardcastle, Lorian E., Katherine L. Record, Peter D. Jacobson, and Lawrence O. Gostin. "Improving the Population’s Health: The Affordable Care Act and the Importance of Integration." Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics 39, no. 3 (2011): 317-327.

Gostin, Lawrence O. "Mandatory HPV Vaccination and Political Debate." Journal of the American Medical Association 306, no. 13 (2011): E1-2.

Kraemer, John D., Oscar A. Cabrera, Jerome A. Singh, T. B. Depp, and Lawrence O. Gostin. "Public health measures to control tuberculosis in low-income countries: ethics and human rights considerations." International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease 15, no. S2 (2011): S19-S24.

Wong, John B., Lawrence O. Gostin, and Oscar A. Cabrera. Reference Guide on Medical Testimony. Washington: The National Academies Press, 2011.

Gostin, Lawrence O., Peter D. Jacobson, Katherine L. Record, and Lorian E. Hardcastle. "Restoring Health to Health Reform: Integrating Medicine and Public Health to Advance the Population's Wellbeing." University of Pennsylvania Law Review 159 (2011): 1777-1823.

Gostin, Lawrence O., Eric A. Friedman, Gorik Ooms, Thomas Gebauer, Narendra Gupta, Devi Sridhar, Wang Chenguang, John-Arne Røttingen, and David Sander. "The Joint Action and Learning Initiative: Towards a Global Agreement on National and Global Responsibilities for Health." PLoS Medicine 8, no. 5 (2011): e1001031.

Kraemer, John D., and Lawrence O. Gostin. "The Limits of Government Regulation of Science." Science 10.1126/science.1219215 (2011).

Kraemer, John D., and Lawrence O. Gostin. "Vaccine Liability in the Supreme Court Forging a Social Compact." Journal of the American Medical Association 305, no. 18 (2011): 1900-1901.

2010

Gostin, Lawrence O., and Elenora E. Connors. "Health Care Reform in Transition: Incremental Insurance Reform Without an Individual Mandate." Journal of the American Medical Association 303, no. 12 (2010): 1188-1189.

Connors, Elenora E., and Lawrence O. Gostin. "Health Care Reform-A Historic Moment in US Social Policy." Journal of the American Medical Association 303, no. 24 (2010): 2521-2522.

Mok, Emily A., Lawrence O. Gostin, Monica Das Gupta, and Max Levin. "Implementing Public Health Regulations in Developing Countries: Lessons from the OECD Countries." The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics 38, no. 3 (2010): 508-519.

Gostin, Lawrence O., and Emily A. Mok, eds. "Innovative Solutions to Closing the Health Gap Between Rich and Poor: A Special Symposium on Global Health Governance." The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics 38, no. 3 (2010): 451-646.

Taylor, Allyn L., and Lawrence O. Gostin. "International recruitment of health personnel." The Lancet 375 (2010): 1673-1675.

Gostin, Lawrence O., Mark Heywood, Gorik Ooms, Anand Grover, John-Arne Røttingen, and Wang Chenguang. "National and Global Responsibilities for Health." Bulletin of the World Health Organization 88 (2010): 719-719A.

Gostin, Lawrence O. Public Health Law and Ethics: A Reader, Revised and Updated Second Edition. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2010.

Gostin, Lawrence O. "Redressing the Unconscionable Health Gap: A Global Plan for Justice." Harvard Law and Policy Review 4 (2010): 271-292.

Jacobson, Peter D., and Lawrence O. Gostin. "Reducing Distracted Driving: Regulation and Education to Avert Traffic Injuries and Fatalities." Journal of the American Medical Association 303, no. 14 (2010): 1419-1420.

Jacobson, Peter D., and Lawrence O. Gostin. "Restoring Health to Health Reform." Journal of the American Medical Association 304, no. 1 (2010): 85-86.

Gostin, Lawrence O., Gorik Ooms, Mark Heywood, Just B. Haffeld, Sigrun Møgedal, John-Arne Røttingen, and Eric A. Friedman. "The Joint Action and Learning Initiative on National and Global Responsibilities for Health." World Health Report, Background Paper 53 (2010).

Gostin, Lawrence O. "The National Individual Health Insurance Mandate." Hastings Center Report 40, no. 5 (2010): 8-9.

Gostin, Lawrence O., Oscar A. Cabrera, and Susan C. Kim. "The O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law: Discovering Innovative Solutions for the Most Pressing Health Problems Facing the Nation and the World." Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology 11, no. 1 (2010): 383-403.

Gostin, Lawrence O., and Emily A. Mok. "The President's Global Health Initiative." Journal of the American Medical Association 304, no. 7 (2010): 789-790.

Gostin, Lawrence O. "The Right to Bear Arms: A Uniquely American Entitlement." Journal of the American Medical Association 304 (2010): 1485-1486.

Gostin, Lawrence O. "The Unconscionable Health Gap: A Global Plan for Justice." The Lancet 375 (2010): 1504-1505.

Bollyky, Thomas B., and Lawrence O. Gostin. "The United States’ Engagement in Global Tobacco Control: Proposals for Comprehensive Funding and Strategies." Journal of the American Medical Association 304, no. 23 (2010): 2637-2638.

Gostin, Lawrence O. "What Duties do Poor Countries Have for the Health of Their Own People?" Hastings Center Report 40, no. 2 (2010): 9-10.

2009

Gostin, Lawrence O., and Kieran G. Gostin. "A broader liberty: J.S. Mill, paternalism and the public's health." Public Health 123 (2009): 214–22.

Kraemer, John D., and Lawrence O. Gostin. "A Case for Intervention." The Guardian Online, January 5, 2009.

Gostin, Lawrence O., and Emily A. Mok. Commissioned Paper: Global Health Governance Report. Washington: National Academies Press, 2009.

Gostin, Lawrence O., and Katrina A. Pagonis. Compulsory Vaccination in Jacobson v. Massachusetts: The Police Power and Civil Liberties in Tension. Editted by Sandra H. Johnson, Joan H. Krause, Richard S. Saver, and Robin F. Wilson. New York: Aspen Publishers, 2009.

Das Gupta, Monica, and Lawrence O. Gostin. "Donors' roles in building of global public goods in health." The Lancet 373, no. 9672 (2009): 1395-7.

Lee, Lisa M., and Lawrence O. Gostin. "Ethical Collection, Storage, and Use of Public Health Data: A Proposal for a National Privacy Protection." Journal of the American Medical Association 302, no. 1 (2009): 82-84.

Federoff, Howard J., and Lawrence O. Gostin. "Evolving From Reductionism to Holism: Is There a Future for Systems Medicine?" Journal of the American Medical Association 302, no. 9 (2009): 994-996.

Gostin, Lawrence O. "FDA Regulation of Tobacco: Politics, Law, and the Public's Health." Journal of the American Medical Association 302, no. 13 (2009): 1459-1460.

Gostin, Lawrence O. "Fighting the Flu with One Hand Tied." Washington Post, May 1, 2009.

Gostin, Lawrence O., and Emily A. Mok. "Grand challenges in global health governance." British Medical Bulletin 90, no. 1 (2009): 7-18.

Bennet, Belinda, Lawrence O. Gostin, Roger Magnusson, and Robyn Martin. "Health governance: law, regulation and policy." Public Health 123, no. 3 (2009): 207-212.

Das Gupta, Monica, and Lawrence O. Gostin. How Can Donors Help Build Global Public Goods in Health? Washington: World Bank, 2009.

Gostin, Lawrence O. "Influenza A(H1N1) and Pandemic Preparedness Under the Rule of International Law." Journal of the American Medical Association 301, no. 22 (2009): 2376-2378.

Gable, Lance, and Lawrence O. Gostin. Mental Health as a Human Right. Editted by Andrew Clapham, and Mary Robinson. Berne: Rüffer & Rub, 2009.

Gostin, Lawrence O., and Dan Hanfling. "National Preparedness for a Catastrophic Emergency: Crisis Standards of Care." Journal of the American Medical Association 302, no. 21 (2009): 2365-2366.

Gostin, Lawrence O., and Sheryl Nass. "Reforming the HIPAA Privacy Rule: Safeguarding Privacy and Promoting Research." Journal of the American Medical Association 301, no. 13 (2009): 1373-1375.

Gostin, Lawrence O. "Regulating the Safety of Pharmaceuticals: The FDA, Preemption, and the Public's Health." Journal of the American Medical Association 301, no. 19 (2009): 2036-2037.

Kraemer, John D., and Lawrence O. Gostin. "Science, Politics, and Values: The Politicization of Professional Practice Guidelines." Journal of the American Medical Association 301, no. 6 (2009): 665-67.

Thomas, Victoria L., and Lawrence O. Gostin. "The Americans with Disabilities Act: Shattered Aspirations and New Hope." Journal of the American Medical Association 301, no. 1 (2009): 95-97.

Wiley, Lindsay F., and Lawrence O. Gostin. "The International Response to Climate Change: An Agenda for Global Health." Journal of the American Medical Association 302, no. 11 (2009): 1218-1220.

Ho, Christina S., and Lawrence O. Gostin. "The Social Face of Economic Growth: China's Health System in Transition." Journal of the American Medical Association 301, no. 17 (2009): 1809-1811.

2008

Fidler, David P., and Lawrence O. Gostin. Biosecurity in the Global Age: Biological Weapons, Public Health, and the Rule of Law. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2008.

Kraemer, John D., Dhrubajyoti Bhattacharya, and Lawrence O. Gostin. "Blocking humanitarian assistance: a crime against humanity?" The Lancet 372 (2008): 1203-1205.

Taylor, Allyn L., Lawrence O. Gostin, and Katrina A. Pagonis. "Ensuring Effective Pain Treatment: A National and Global Perspective." Journal of the American Medical Association 299, no. 1 (2008): 89-91.

Cabrera, Oscar A., James G. Hodge, Jr., and Lawrence O. Gostin. Express Tuberculosis Control Laws in Selected U.S. Jurisdictions: A Report to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. n.p.: n.p., 2008.

Gostin, Lawrence O., and Allyn L. Taylor. "Global Health Law: A Definition and Grand Challenges." Journal of Public Health Ethics 1, no. 1 (2008): 53-63.

Gostin, Lawrence O. "International Development Assistance for Health: Ten Priorities for the Next President." Hastings Center Report 38, no. 5 (2008): 10-11.

Gostin, Lawrence O. "Lawrence O. Gostin on Biosecurity Policy: Are We Safer Today?" Emerging Issues (2008): 2918.

Gostin, Lawrence O. "Meeting Basic Survival Needs of the World's Least Healthy People toward a Framework Convention on Global Health." Georgetown Law Journal 96 (2008): 331-392.

Gostin, Lawrence O. Public Health Law: Power, Duty, Restraint, Revised and Expanded Second Edition. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2008.

Gostin, Lawrence O. "The Deregulatory State." Hastings Center Report 38, no. 2 (2008): 10-11.

Gostin, Lawrence O. "The International Migration and Recruitment of Nurses." Journal of the American Medical Association 299, no. 16 (2008): 1827-1829.

Gostin, Lawrence O. "The Right to Bear Arms: Constitutional Law, Politics and Public Health." Journal of the American Medical Association 300, no. 13 (2008): 1575-1577.

2007

Gostin, Lawrence O. "From a Civil Libertarian to a Sanitarian." Journal of Law and Society 34, no. 4 (2007): 594-616.

Gostin, Lawrence O. "Global Regulatory Strategies for Tobacco Control." Journal of the American Medical Association 298, no. 1 (2007): 2057-2059.

Gostin, Lawrence O., and Robert Archer. "The Duty of States to Assist Other States in Need: Ethics, Human Rights, and International Law." The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics 35, no. 4 (2007): 526-33.

Gostin, Lawrence O. "The Tobacco Wars: Global Litigation Strategies." Journal of the American Medical Association 298, no. 21 (2007): 2537-2539.

2004

Sapsin, Jason W., Lawrence O. Gostin, Jon S. Vernick, Scott Burris, and Stephen P. Teret. "Sars and International Legal Preparedness." Temple Law Review 77 (2004): 155-174.