O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law

Welcome Remarks from Faculty Director, Lawrence O. Gostin

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law's quarterly newsletter. The newsletter is meant to update you on current events at the O’Neill Institute, including highlights from our robust research program, graduate degree program, fellowship program, and recent institute scholarship on pressing issues in health law and policy.

Launched in 2007, the O’Neill Institute at Georgetown University has blossomed into the premier academic research center for national and global health law and policy. Our research encompasses a diverse range of national and global health law topics, from health reform in the US and China, tobacco control globally and in Latin America, global infectious and non-communicable disease prevention, and global health governance.

We hope that this newsletter helps us keep in touch with old friends, connects us with new colleagues and partners, and serves as a resource for our readers. Thank you for your support of the O’Neill Institute and best wishes.

Lawrence O. Gostin
Faculty Director
O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law


Focus Project: IHR Implementation Course (IHR i-Course)

International Health Regulations (IHR) 2005The 2005 International Health Regulations (IHR) are an international legal instrument whose aim is to help the international community prevent and respond to acute public health risks that have the potential to cross borders and threaten people worldwide. The World Health Organization (WHO) is working closely with countries and partners to provide technical guidance and support to mobilize the resources needed to implement the new rules in an effective and timely manner. With WHO and other universities, the O’Neill Institute is facilitating a course on national-level implementation of the IHR 2005 (i.e., “IHR i-Course“), comprised 210 hours of content delivered through blended learning (over a 4-month period). In February 2011, the course completed its second offering. Participants were from all six WHO regions, and O’Neill Institute faculty and fellows participated in the face-to-face session in Annecy, France on January 31-February 18, 2011. Read More

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Karen Sokol

Karen SokolKaren Sokol was a fellow at the O’Neill Institute from 2007-2008. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Law at Loyola College of Law at Loyola University New Orleans. Her teaching and research areas include constitutional law, torts, law and philosophy, and public international law.

At the O’Neill Institute, Karen worked with faculty members on scholarship about developments in international law in response to globalization and about national and transnational tobacco control policies. She continues to focus on these and related topics in her current research. Read More

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We are now in the fourth year of our Global Health LL.M. Program. In 2009, we launched a new degree in Global Health Law and International Institutions, which is jointly offered with the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. There are currently fourteen students enrolled in these programs, including lawyers from Australia, Canada, France, the Philippines, and the U.S.

Course Highlights

  • Fall 2010 - Global Health Law Intensive, Problem-based Exploration, Professors Lawrence Gostin and Allyn Taylor
  • Fall 2010 - Global Health Governance: Grand Challenges, Professor Lawrence Gostin
  • Fall 2010 - Global Health Law, Professor Allyn Taylor
  • Fall 2010 - Health and Human Rights, Adjunct Professor Oscar Cabrera
  • January 2011 - AIDS L aw and Ethics, Professor Lawrence Gostin
  • Spring 2011 - International Organizations and Global Health Lawmaking, Professor Allyn Taylor
  • Spring 2011 - International Bioethics, O’Neill Institute Fellow Emily Mok

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O’Neill Institute Spring Conversation Series

The O’Neill Institute is pleased to offer several events that are open to the Georgetown University community and the public in the spring.

April 15 – Empirical Health Law Conference

TBD – Litigating the Constitutionality of the Health Reform Law – A Panel Discussion

February 16 - Young Invincibles? The Unique Importance of Young People in the Health Care Reform Debate

February 2 - Ethics and Public Health Surveillance

O’Neill Institute Colloquium

The O’Neill Institute Colloquium, offered annually, is an interdisciplinary course that draws from the work of University scholars, policymakers, and the general health community. The course is open to the public and taught by institute-affiliated faculty. Its goal is to engage leading thinkers and students in an enriching dialogue on critical health law issues.
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Gostin, Lawrence O. and Graciela R. Ostera. 2011. Biosafety Concerns Involving Genetically Modified Mosquitoes to Combat Malaria and Dengue in Developing Countries. Journal of the American Medical Association 305 (9): 930-931.

Gostin, Lawrence O. and Susan C. Kim. 2011. Ethical Allocation of Preexposure HIV Prophylaxis. Journal of the American Medical Association 305 (2): 191-192.

Friedman, Eric A. and Eli Y. Adashi. 2010. The Right to Health as the Unheralded Narrative of Health Care Reform. Journal of the American Medical Association 304 (23): 2639-2640.

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

Hunter, Nan. 2010. Rights Talk and Patient Subjectivity: The Role of Autonomy, Equality, and Participation Norms. Wake Forest Law Review 45 (3): 101-130.

Cabrera, Oscar A. and Alejandro Madrazo. 2010. Human Rights as a Tool for Tobacco Control in Latin America. Salud Publica de Mexico 52 (288-297).

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About the O’Neill Institute

The O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University was established in 2007 to respond to the need for innovative solutions to the most pressing national and international health concerns. The essential vision for the O’Neill Institute rests upon the proposition that the law has been, and will remain, a fundamental tool for solving critical health problems in our global, national, and local communities.

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