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Michele Forzley

Michele Forzley

Senior Scholar

Michele Forzley, J.D., M.P.H., is a Senior Scholar with the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law.

Previously, she was the Career and Externships Advisor at the O'Neill Institute. Prior to joining the O’Neill Institute, since 2007, she was Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Widener University School of Law Health Law Institute where she taught international and comparative health law and developed and managed the global health externship program at the Delaware campus and in Lausanne, Switzerland. With over 30 years of experience, she is a recognized global health law practitioner in the area health sector reform informed by legislation with a special emphasis on good governance, regulatory capacity development, and regulation of the private health and pharmaceutical sectors.

Michele has been legal consultant for the World Bank, WHO, President’s Emergency Program for AIDS Relief Supply Chain Management System, African Regional Medicines Harmonization Initiative, Management Sciences for Health - SIAPS, Futures Group Health Policy Project, the Global Fund for AIDS, Malaria, and TB and served in the Office of Global Health at the US Department of Health and Human Services as a policy advisor when the International Health Regulations were being revised, at the Maryland General Assembly and Department on Aging as a health legislative advisor and has been counsel to many other organizations such as the Global Health Council. She has also been the recipient of the several grants to study the subject of counterfeit goods and the public’s health with an emphasis on counterfeit medicines. Prior to her work in the field of global health, Michele served as legal advisor to the George Washington University Health Plan and conducted a law practice centered on private sector development, bankruptcy, real estate, government procurement and commercial law including trade and intellectual property.

Michele holds a JD from New England School of Law in Boston and a MPH from the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. She has served as a reviewer, member or advisor to numerous groups including the Access to Medicines Index, the OECD Task Team on Health as a Tracer Sector, the World Medicines Report, the IDLO Public Health Law Manual, and on US Department of Commerce Industry Trade Advisory Committee 15 as the global health representative.

Selected Publications

Forzley, M. (2005) “Public Health in the Arab World: Advancing the Health of Arab Americans”. Ethnicity & Disease, 15, SI-90.

“Private Provider Networks: The Role of Viability in Expanding the Supply of Reproductive Health and Family Planning Services”, PSP-One, USAID

“The World Trading Organization and Public Health – What does trade have to do with health?” Global Health Link, Issue #124, November-December 2003.

Impact of Tariffs and Non-Tariff Barriers on Access to Essential Drugs for the Poorest People, a Global Health Council Policy Brief, September 2007.

Winning in Foreign Markets, Your Global Guide®

Handbook on Customs & International Trade Law, 2nd edition New York County Lawyers Association.

Forzley, M. (2005, Spring). NGOs and the WTO. International Law News, 34 (2), 13.

Bylined author – over 50 articles 1993-2000 The Exporter Magazine” Markets and Marketing
The Exporter Magazine

Forzley, M., Grabman, G., & Howe III, E. (2002). International health law. The International Lawyer, 36 (2), 673-680.

Forzley, M., Hawbecker, H., Wojcik, M., Howe III, E., Kraw, G. M. (2000). International health law. The International Lawyer, 34 (2), 749-760.

Forzley, M., Forster, H., Shah, S., & Howe III, E. (2001). International health law. The International Lawyer, 35 (2), 713-721.