Global Health Law & International Institutions LL.M.

Georgetown University Law Center in partnership with the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, offers a new Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Global Health Law and International Institutions.  This innovative, intensive course of study is open to highly qualified candidates in public and private sectors with their J.D. (or a first degree in law from outside the United States) and strong interest or background in global health law and policy.  Students may begin their coursework at Georgetown on a full- or part-time basis.  After completion of one full-time semester or up to three part-time semesters at Georgetown, students will complete the program with a full-time spring semester at the Graduate Institute.

This degree is offered in conjunction with Georgetown's O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law.

Globalization of Health Laws and Policies

Health laws and policies are increasingly transnational in the modern era. Trade, commerce, travel, environment, war, and terrorism transcend boundaries and profoundly impact individual and communal health.  Protecting the public's health and improving individual health outcomes increasingly involves national and international innovation and collaboration through legal systems.  International institutions such as the World Health Organization, UNAIDS, the World Trade Organization, and the International Labor Organization play an important role in global health governance and in the development of global health law and policy.  A comprehensive approach to global health law involves multiple, interrelated fields including health, trade, economics, intellectual property, human rights, ethics, and national security.

Global Health Law at Georgetown

Georgetown University Law Center offers graduate students a unique opportunity to advance their knowledge and skills through focused studies in core legal and policy courses on global health, public health, environmental health, health and human rights, bioethics, food and drug law, biotechnology, and intellectual property.  As the nation's largest school of law, Georgetown combines outstanding, preeminent faculty with a diverse and talented student body located in Washington, D.C.  The Linda and Timothy O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law was established at Georgetown University. The Institute focuses on the study of global and national health law and features centers on global health, disease prevention and health outcomes, health regulation and governance, and health care financing and organization.

International Institutions at the Graduate Institute, Geneva

The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies is widely regarded as one of the best international law and relations institutes in Europe. 

The semester in Geneva provides participants with a unique opportunity to explore the world of international institutions and the relationship that it shares with global health governance. No other city out of the United States has such a strong international organization presence. With scores of official agencies and organizations and dozens of international nongovernmental organizations based in and around, Geneva is truly an international city, bringing together policymakers, diplomats, advocates, and many other professionals whose work focuses on the most challenging issues of global health law, policy, and governance.

The Graduate Institute, Geneva is a leading institution of research and higher education dedicated to the study of world affairs, with a particular emphasis on the cross-cutting fields of international relations and development issues.

Through its core activities, the Institute aims to promote international cooperation and make a contribution to the progress of developing societies. More broadly, the Institute endeavors to develop creative thinking on the major challenges of our time, foster global responsibility and advance respect for diversity.

Through its Global Health Programme, the Graduate Institute plays an important role in shaping the emerging field of interface between foreign policy, economics, development and health.  The Global Health Programme is focused on examining the characteristics and mechanisms that define successful global health governance at the beginning of the 21st century. It is particularly focused on deepening understanding of the shifting power balances in global health, such as the increasing influence of emerging economies and the powerful role played by new foundations, the private sector, and nongovernmental organizations.

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