Focus Areas
Non-Communicable Diseases

Non-Communicable Diseases explores the relevance of law to non-communicable diseases, which are now the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the world.

Featured Project

Global Tobacco Control

Tobacco use is arguably one of the greatest public health threats facing the world today. If left unchecked, it will kill 1 billion people this century. The majority of these deaths will occur in developing countries. The O’Neill Institute is a leader in the effort to reduce global tobacco use. Our work is comprised of three main strategies: 1) researching the use of litigation as an approach for reducing tobacco use; 2) partnering with domestic and international organizations, drafting shadow reports to accompany States' Periodic Reports to human rights monitoring bodies; and 3) working with advocates in low-and middle-income countries to target rights-based and constitutional arguments to their specific cultural, economic, and political environments.

The O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University was established in 2007 through the generous philanthropy of Linda and Timothy O’Neill to respond to the need for innovative solutions to the most pressing national and international health concerns. Housed at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington D.C., the O’Neill Institute reflects the importance of public and private law in health policy analysis. The O’Neill Institute draws upon the University's considerable intellectual resources, including the School of Nursing & Health Studies, School of Medicine, the Public Policy Institute, and the Kennedy Institute of Ethics.