Lancet - O'Neill Institute Commission

Commission Secretariat

The O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law serves as the Secretariat for the Lancet Commission on Global Health and the Law.

Questions about the Commission can be directed to: ghlcommission@law.georgetown.edu.

Oscar A. Cabrera | Mary C. DeBartolo | Susan C. Kim | Anna Roberts | Alison Woodworth | Richard Horton

Oscar A. CabreraOscar A. Cabrera 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, 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). Read More


Mary C. DeBartoloMary C. DeBartolo is an Associate at the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law. Mary's research at O'Neill has focused on global health law.

Before joining the O'Neill Institute, she was a Legal Officer in the Office of Legal Counsel of the World Health Organization. As a Legal Officer, she focused on governing bodies and public international law matters. Mary previously practiced domestic healthcare regulatory and transactional law at McGuireWoods LLP in Chicago, Illinois. Read More


Susan C. KimSusan C. Kim is the Deputy Director of the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University.  Trained in law, public health, and business, her current project portfolio includes oversight and engagement in the institute's Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funded grants in the areas of infectious disease control and global health financing.  Her additional research interests include food and drug law and public-private partnerships in health.

Susan has served in a number of different capacities at the O'Neill Institute, such as Project Director, Project Manager, and Manager of Grants and Communications.  In the latter role, she managed the institute's development activities, which included strategic planning, grant development and writing, and marketing and branding. She started at the O'Neill Institute as a Law Fellow in 2008, where she worked on a broad range of projects in health law and policy - emergency (pandemic) preparedness, food safety regulation, global health governance, infectious disease control, and implementation of the World Health Organization's revised International Health Regulations. Read More


Anna Roberts is a Law Fellow with the O’Neill Institute. She holds a Master in International Public Health and a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the University of Sydney, Australia and a Bachelor of Arts, Psychology from Furman University, South Carolina.Anna Roberts

Anna has worked internationally in Bulgaria and Uganda in humanitarian positions before moving to Australia to complete her MIPH and law degrees. While studying law, Anna was a research officer at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre in Sydney, Australia where she worked on the Global Burden of Disease project and with the UN Reference Group on HIV and Injection Drug Use. On completion of her law degree, Anna practiced with Legal Aid, NSW in their Human Rights team looking at matters such as immigration, police torts and public interest. Anna’s most recent position was as DCEO of ASHM, Australia’s peak body for medical practitioners working in HIV, viral hepatitis and sexual health. Anna’s research interests include human rights, infectious diseases and enforceability of international obligations. Read More


Alison WoodworthAlison Woodworth is the Manager for Grants and Administration at the O'Neill Institute. Before joining the institute, Alison worked in political development and fundraising.

Alison graduated from Miami University (Ohio) with honors in Political Science and Journalism, as well as a minor in French. She is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. Read More


Richard Horton

Richard Horton was born in London and qualified in medicine from the University of Birmingham in 1986. He completed his general medical training in Birmingham before moving to the liver unit at the Royal Free Hospital. In 1990, he joined The Lancet as an assistant editor and moved to New York as North American editor in 1993. Two years later he returned to the UK to become Editor-in-Chief.

He was the first President of the World Association of Medical Editors and is a Past-President of the US Council of Science Editors. He is an honorary professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University College London, and the University of Edinburgh. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and a Founder Fellow of the UK's Academy of Medical Sciences.

In 2005 he was a member of the working party and subsequently wrote the report for the Royal College of Physicians' inquiry into the future of medical professionalism – Doctors in Society. He currently chairs the Royal College of Physicians' Working Party on Physicians and the Pharmaceutical Industry; co-chairs a WHO Scientific Advisory Group on Clinical Trials Registration; is a Council Member of the Global Forum for Health Research; is a Board Member of the Health Metrics Network; sits on the External Reference Group for WHO's Research Strategy; and is an External Advisory Board Member for the WHO European Region.

In 2004, The Lancet won the UK's Medical Publication of the Year and, in 2007, he received the Edinburgh Medal for professional achievements judged to have made a significant contribution to the understanding of human health and wellbeing. In 2008, he was appointed a Senior Associate of The Nuffield Trust, a think tank for research and policy studies in health services. He has a strong interest in issues of global health. He has been a medical columnist for The Observer and writes regularly for the Times Literary Supplement and New York Review of Books. A book about controversies in modern medicine, Second Opinion, was published in 2003.