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Mehgan Gallagher


Mehgan Gallagher, J.D., LL.M. is a law fellow who is jointly funded by the O’Neill Institute and the Health Law Initiative, a collaboration between Georgetown University’s School of Nursing and Health Studies and the O’Neill Institute.  Her work focuses on a variety of topics including aging and the law, issues of health and justice for Native Americans, and increased collaboration among global faith-based health systems.  She holds an LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center, a J.D. from New York Law School, and a B.A. from Clark University.   

Prior to joining the Institute, she worked with a variety of international human rights organizations including UNAIDS, the Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights, and Human Rights Watch.  She has also clerked for the High Court in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Mehgan’s key areas of interest are global health and human rights, especially disability rights and the right to refuse treatment, women’s rights, and access to affordable medicines.


Gallagher, M., & Perlin, M. 2018 (forthcoming). “The Pain I Rise Above”: How International Human Rights Can Best Realize the Needs of Persons with Trauma-Related Mental Disabilities. Fla. J. Int'l L. 29. 3.

Perlin, M., & Gallagher, M. 2016. Why a Disability Rights Tribunal Must Be Premised on Therapeutic Jurisprudence Principles. Psych. Inj. & L.

Friedman, E., Roberts, A., Gallagher, M. 2016. Forced Migration and the Right to Health, Revista Latinoamericana de Derecho Internacional.

Gallagher, M. 2016. No Means No, Or Does It? A Comparative Study of the Right to Refuse Treatment in a Psychiatric Institution. Int’l J. Legal Info. 44.2: 1-36.

Perlin, M., Barreda, C., Davies, K., Gallagher, M., Israel, N., and Mendelsohn, S. 2015. Creating a “Building a Disability Rights Information Center for Asia and the Pacific Clinic”: Of Pedagogy and Social Justice. Marq. Benefits & Soc. Welfare L.R. 17: 1-40.