About Us

Oscar A. Cabrera

Oscar A. Cabrera, Abogado (JD equivalent), LL.M., is the Executive Director of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law and a Visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center. Previously at the O'Neill Institute, Oscar has served as the Deputy Director, Senior Fellow, and a Law Fellow. He is a foreign-trained attorney who earned his law degree in his home country of Venezuela, and his Master of Laws (LL.M.), with concentration in Health Law and Policy, at the University of Toronto. Before starting his Masters Degree program, Oscar worked as an Associate at a Venezuelan law firm (d'Empaire Reyna Bermúdez).

Oscar was awarded a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Health Law and Policy Fellowship for his Masters program. After earning his LL.M., he worked as a Research Associate with Professor Colleen Flood, at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law and the Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (CIHR-IHSPR). In this capacity, he was involved in several health law related projects.

Oscar has worked on projects with the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, among other organizations. He has studied and is interested in various health law related fields, such as public health law, sexual and reproductive rights, health and human rights, global tobacco litigation and health systems law and policy.

Selected Publications


Alonso, Fernanda, and Oscar A. Cabrera. "Fortaleciendo el control de tabaco en América Latina mediante el uso de los derechos humanos." Direito e Tabaco 5, no. 17 (2014): 166-176.

Baytor, Tanya E, and Oscar A Cabrera. "International Human Rights Law." Regulating Tobacco, Alcohol and Unhealthy Foods: The Legal Issues (2014): 65-85.

Baytor, Tanya, and Oscar Cabrera. "Using Experiential Learning to Develop Interprofessional Skills in Global Health: Perspectives from the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law." Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics 42, no. s2 (2014): 65-68.

Cabrera, Oscar A, Paula Avila-Guillen, and Juan Carballo. "Viabilidad jurídica de una prohibición completa a la publicidad de tabaco. El caso ante la Corte Constitucional de Colombia." CEPEDISA (2014).


Cabrera, Oscar A., and Ana S. Ayala. "Advancing the Right to Health through Litigation". 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.

Cabrera, Oscar, and Juan Carballo. "Tobacco Control Litigation: Broader Impacts on Health Rights Adjudication." Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics. Spring 2013 41, no. 1 (2013): p147-162. DOI: 10.1111/jlme.12011.


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).


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.

Cabrera, Oscar A., Luis L. Puccio, Agustina R. Michel, Lidia Casas, Mercedes Cavallo, Claudia Ahumada, and Ximena Casas. "Los Derechos Reproductivos: Un Debate Necesario." Centro de Promoción y Defensa de los Derechos Sexuales y Reproductivos PROMSEX (2011).

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.

Banfi-Vique, Analía, Oscar A. Cabrera, Fanny Gómez-Lugo, and Martín Hevia. "The Politics of Reproductive Health Rights in Uruguay: Why the Presidential Veto to the Right to Abortion is Illegitimate." Revista de Direito Sanitário, São Paulo 12, no. 2 (2011): 178-205.


Banfi-Vique, Analía, Oscar A. Cabrera, Fanny G. Lugo, and Martín Hevia. "El Veto Del Ejecutivo Uruguayo a la Despenalizacion del Aborto: Deconstruyendo sus Fundamentos (Deconstructing the Uruguayan Executive Veto on the Decriminalization of Abortion)." Mujer y Salud en Uruguay 1, no. 1 (2010).

Cabrera, Oscar A., and Alejandro Madrazo. "Human Rights as a Tool for Tobacco Control in Latin America." Salud Publica de Mexico 52, no. 288-297 (2010).

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.


Cabrera, Oscar A., and Martín Hevia. "Secreto Profesional Médico y Servicios de Salud Sexual y Reproductiva en la Jurisprudencia de la Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos." Revista Argentina de Teoría Jurídica 13 (2009).


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.