O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law Colloquium:
The Legalization of Drugs, Harm Reduction & Public Health
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
1:20 – 3:20 p.m.
Georgetown University Law Center
Faculty Dining Room, Hotung Room 2001
550 First Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
or via live stream here
Effective drug policy, including the use and promotion of harm reduction principles, is an important component to efforts in forwarding human rights and improving public health. Several settings both within the United States and internationally are looking at issues such as legalization, decriminalization and implementation of harm reduction methods. This session will explore the complexities of legalization and the international drug treaties, the evidence-based benefits of harm reduction and the human rights arguments used to promote the legalization push in D.C.
Ms. Jasmine Tyler, Senior Policy Advisor, Open Society Foundations
Mr. John Walsh, Senior Associate for Drug Policy, Washington Office on Latin America
Dr. Malik Burnett, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
2016 O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law Colloquium
The purpose of the Colloquium is to engage leading experts, Georgetown Law students and faculty, and interested members of the public in an enriching dialogue surrounding current and pressing issues in global health law, policy and governance. The 2016 Colloquium will address two themes. First, at a time of increasing inequality, economic uncertainty, and evolving health and other threats, how can health law and public health be used to foster security—personal, community, national, and ultimately global security that leads to healthier populations the world over? And, second, what are the roles of different stakeholders in effecting policy change and how can lawyers and others advance change through different roles, whether as government policymakers, community advocates, researchers, or litigators?
The O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University is the premier center for health law, scholarship, and policy. Its mission is to contribute to a more powerful and deeper understanding of the multiple ways in which law can be used to improve the public’s health, using objective evidence as a measure. The O’Neill Institute seeks to advance scholarship, science, research, and teaching that will encourage key decision-makers in the public, private, and civil society to employ the law as a positive tool for enabling more people in the United States and throughout the world to lead healthier lives.
The O’Neill Institute Colloquium is open to all students, faculty, staff, and interested members of the public.
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