Location: Faculty Lounge
Date: October 24, 2022

As a key social determinant of health and driver of health inequity, racism profoundly impacts the ability of individuals to access the full range of sexual and reproductive health services without discrimination.

Please join the O’Neill Institute for a panel discussion, featuring Tlaleng Mofokeng, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health, on the impact of the Dobbs v. Jackson decision on access to health services for racial minorities in the U.S. The speakers will also discuss how international human rights can be used to address the impacts of racism in health and to overcome the barriers to access.


  • Tlaleng Mofokeng, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health
  • Catherine Burns, Associate Professor of Medical History at University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

  • Michele Goodwin, Professor at the University of California, Irvine; Founding Director, Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy; Visiting Professor, Georgetown University Law Center

Welcoming Remarks: Madhavi Sunder, Frank Sherry Professor of Intellectual Property; Associate Dean for International and Graduate Programs, Georgetown University Law Center

Following the panel discussion, a reception will be held in the same venue from 4:30 – 6:00pm, and all attendees are welcome to join.