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O'Neill Institute Global Health Law LL.M. Update - February 2014

O'Neill Institute
O'Neill Institute
February 2014

Global Health Law LL.M. Update


O'Neill Institute

LL.M. Upcoming Events
Important Dates

March 6 - 1:30-2:30pm
McDonough 205, Georgetown Law
O’Neill Institute Spring Conversation Series with Katie Keith, Kevin Lucia & Tim Westmoreland

March 20 - 1:30-2:30pm
McDonough 205, Georgetown Law
O’Neill Institute Spring Conversation Series with Dan Lucey
Topic: Global Health Insecurity? New Pneumonia Viruses in China and the Middle East

March 31 - 5:00pm
Gewirz (12th Floor), Georgetown Law
Launch Party for "Global Health Law" By: Lawrence Gostin


Helpful Links
Global Health Law LL.M. Course Guides
Georgetown Law Student Handbook

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O'Neill Institute 2014 Summer Programs

The O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University invites you to our 2014 Summer Programs. Now in our third year, we are excited to present two programs this summer: (1) Emerging Issues in Food and Drug Law and (2) US Health Reform – The Affordable Care Act.

The Summer Programs convene leading practitioners, policymakers, advocates and academics in food and drug law and US healthcare reform for a series of interactive lectures, panel discussions, and case studies. Held during consecutive weeks, July 14-18 (Emerging Issues in Food and Drug Law) and July 21-25 (US Health Reform – The Affordable Care Act), interested participants may attend one or both programs. Invited speakers include current and former officials from HHS, the FDA, the FTC, the EPA, as well as former U.S. Congressional staff involved in the adoption and implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

For more information please visit our website.


"Recent meta analysis found that sugar intake was highly correlated to overweight and obesity, with higher risks of cardiovascular disease. Remember, sugar is hidden in so many foods (e.g., processed foods, bread, yogurt). Stay healthy. Avoid sugar, particularly the hidden ingredients. And also remember, sugar is sugar: doesn't matter if it is brown or white, high fructose corn syrup… sugar is sugar in all its various forms."

Professor Lawrence O. Gostin is the Faculty Director of the O'Neill Institute and holds the Founding O'Neill Chair in Global Health Law.  Professor Gostin teaches several courses at Georgetown Law, including a global health law simulation, and public health law and ethics.  He is is an internationally acclaimed scholar and University Professor, Georgetown’s highest academic rank conferred by the University President.  He is Professor of Medicine at Georgetown University, Professor of Public Health at the Johns Hopkins University, and Director of the Center for Law & the Public’s Health at Johns Hopkins and Georgetown Universities.

For more information about Professor Gostin, please click here.


John Kraemer is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Systems Administration. Trained in both public health and the law, John is affiliated with the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University, where his work focuses primarily on women's and children's health in sub-Saharan Africa. He also conducts scholarship on public health law and ethics, with a particular focus on the ethical and legal limits of governmental action to address health concerns. Finally, he has an interest in road safety for vulnerable road users in both low-income settings and Washington, DC. His current and past projects have been with the George W. Bush Institute, the United Nations Special Envoy for Malaria, and the District of Columbia government.

John is also an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law, and he works with the monitoring and evaluation team at Tiyatien Health, a non-profit providing clinical and community-based services in rural Liberia.

At Georgetown, John teaches graduate epidemiology, both at the School of Nursing and Health Studies and at the law school, and undergraduate health disparities, health law and ethics, and global health law.


Elisabeth Doyle is an attorney in Washington, D.C., and an Associate Chief Counsel for Health Management Systems, Inc. (“HMS”).  Prior to accepting her current position in 2011, she worked in the healthcare practice of a Washington, DC law firm, where she advised global businesses regarding compliance with certain international human rights laws and assisted safety-net healthcare providers in obtaining low-cost pharmaceuticals.  Elisabeth has also served as a Deputy Attorney General for the State of New Jersey, representing the New Jersey Departments of Education, Health, and Human Services. Elisabeth has briefed and/or argued cases to the New Jersey Appellate and Supreme Courts and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She has also contributed to an amicus brief to the United States Supreme Court on behalf of hospitals that serve high numbers of poor and indigent clients.
Elisabeth has also advised regarding the development of a new human rights law in Vietnam and volunteered extensively with new immigrant populations from Southeast Asia. She is completing a Masters of Laws degree in global health, with a certificate in human rights, at Georgetown University Law Center.
Elisabeth also studied fiction writing at Sarah Lawrence College and the University at Albany.  Her short fiction was published in the literary journal Nadir and was awarded the University at Albany’s Lovenheim Prize for best short fiction. Her first short film, Hard Hearted One, was admitted into the Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema and the Street Films Film Festival, and was shown on Public Television and Manhattan Cable.  Her first collection of short fiction, War Stories, was published in 2012. This past semester she completed her Master of Laws degree in global health, with a certificate in human rights, at Georgetown University Law Center.



CRR-CLS Fellowship Application: DEADLINE EXTENDED

The deadline for the 2014-2016 Columbia Law School – Center for Reproductive Rights Fellowship has been extended to February 28, 2014. This is an exciting academic fellowship opportunity for recent law school graduates who are interested in careers in law teaching.

The CRR-CLS Fellowship is a two-year, post-graduate fellowship designed to prepare recent law school graduates for legal academic careers in reproductive health and human rights. Fellows will be affiliated with the Center and the Law School and will participate in the intellectual life of both programs. Applicants do not need to be graduates of Columbia Law School to be eligible for this program. After the successful launch of the Fellowship in the summer of 2008, we are excited to begin the process of selecting the sixth Fellow for 2014-2016.

More information can be found here.

Coordinator for the Program on Access to Natural Resources
***Deadline extended until March 23, 2014***
More information is available here
The position is full time and based at FIAN International Secretariat in Heidelberg, Germany. FIAN is the international human rights organization for the right to adequate food.
FIAN is an international human rights organization that has advocated for the realization of the right to adequate food for more than 25 years. FIAN’s mission is to expose violations of people's right to food wherever they may occur. We stand up against unjust and oppressive practices that prevent people from feeding themselves.
FIAN's work on access to natural resources aims to increase national and international awareness for the lack of or insecure access to land and other related resources, and to analyze the issue from a human rights perspective. Apart from contributing towards resolving concrete cases of human rights violations, FIAN aims to develop additional human rights protection standards for individuals, groups or communities threatened by landlessness and forced evictions, particular in the context of the current wave of land grabbing.

The ideal candidate is someone who has substantial knowledge of the field of human rights, in particular the right to food and nutrition, and in the field of land and other natural resources. The candidate should have strong interpersonal, communication and coordination skills, as well as work well in collaborative processes, especially between international organizations, networks and grassroots groups.


  • Master’s degree in Human Rights, Political Science, Social Studies, Agrarian Studies, Law or related field—or equivalent experience
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in NGO's work, in the area of human rights and/or issues related to land and natural resources
  • Strong analytical skills. Experience in documentation of cases and human rights analysis is highly appreciated
  • Fluency in English, as well as French or Spanish. Additional languages are an asset
  • Strong facilitation and diplomatic skills to work with a wide range of civil society groups, particularly grassroots groups and social movements from all regions of the world, as well as international organizations and institutions; capacity to reach out and coordinate with diverse human rights organizations, social movements’ activists, academics and government officials
  • Established relationships within the global human rights movement, particularly grassroots, national, and regional human rights organizations working on issues related to land and natural resources are an asset
  • Experience with project management is an asset

To Apply:
Please send a curriculum vitae, a letter of interest and contact information for three references preferably in one PDF by March 23, 2014 to Only e-mail applications are accepted.

Short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview. Interviews will probably take place on between 17 and 25 March 2014.

Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM) is offering an internship for undergraduate and graduate students interested in gaining practical knowledge and experience in the fields of global health, intellectual property, human rights and policy research, as well as non-profit development, communications, event planning and organizing a campus for social change. UAEM is actively seeking summer interns to play a vital role in the formation of key 2014 projects.

Areas of work include:

1) Researching, analyzing and writing about access to medicines and global health policies, particularly at the university level -- including interactions between intellectual property, access to treatment in low resource settings, and biomedical R&D priorities

2) Building an advocacy framework to expand UAEM’s work beyond the university level. Examples include engagement of National government bodies (such as Congress), International institutions (such as the World Health Organization)

3) Writing explanatory text, press releases, letters, e-mail blasts, articles and briefing papers to publicize key UAEM projects such as the 2.0 version of UAEM’s Report Card Project (see 1.0 at

4) Social media updates, website design and maintenance, and the production of up to date tabling materials such as flyers, posters, and brochures

5) Under the supervision of the Student and Campus Campaigns Organizer, the intern will work to create new UAEM chapters and to revitalize areas with waning chapters.

6) Working with a team of highly-motivated UAEM students, staff and other interns to complete the project on schedule and maximize its impact for universities and global health.

Skills and Expectations:

UAEM seeks students whose specific areas of interest include:

1) Global/Public Health 2) Pre-law/Law 3) Biomedical Research 4) Pre-med/Medicine 5) Communications, tech, and new media 6) Social Sciences (Political Science, International Relations/Development, etc.) Applicants should also have the following attributes:

1) Strong writing, research, and critical thinking skills

2) Works well as part of a team, completing commitments and assignments on time.

3) Strong interpersonal communication skills

4) A strong commitment to UAEM’s core values

5) A strong value for advocacy work and issues of social justice

6) Previous advocacy experience not required, but a plus

Additional Information:

Summer internships are full-time for 8 weeks, though exceptional part-time candidates may be considered. We expect interns to work from the Oakland office for at least two weeks of the internship. The other six weeks the intern can work remotely but should be available for meetings in either New York City or Oakland. Travel, lodging, and commuting expense will be reimbursed.

For earliest consideration, please submit your resume, cover letter, a writing sample and unofficial transcript by March 9th to and

Please submit any questions to both e-mails.

UNAIDS Chief, Human Rights and Law

The Rights, Gender and Community Mobilization (RGCM) Department aims to catalyze structural and social change by using AIDS as a pathfinder. It directs and coordinates UNAIDS work on human rights, gender, and community mobilization while building internal UN capacity and accountability around these priorities. The Department builds policy and evidence-base for 'critical enablers' to secure an effective, strategic response grounded in human rights, gender equality and diversity and contributes to achieving Universal Access and the targets of 2011 Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS. It spearheads innovative partnerships with social protection, health, development and women's movements to achieve social transformation and works to strategically engage and reignite the leadership PLHIV, key population movements for social justice. RGCM comprises the Human Rights and Law (HRL), Gender Equality and Diversity (GED), and the Community Mobilization units.

The Human Rights and Law unit will provide leadership, strategic information, coordination, programmatic guidance and technical support for human rights and enabling legal environments in the AIDS response. It ensures that global standards and commitments translate to human rights action and legal protection at country level, support stakeholders to respond effectively in rights terms, and build alliances for human rights, dignity and security within the Joint Programme and beyond.

For more information please visit the website. 
Regulatory Science Fellowship

Program Overview:
Launched in 2012, this regulatory science fellowship is a collaborative program between the FDA Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) and the Institute of Medicine (IOM). It is designed for mid-career professionals to gain experience and expertise to further define and develop the field of regulatory science as it relates to the regulation of tobacco products and FDA’s new authorities under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. This is an excellent opportunity for exceptional professionals to actively participate in the development of science-based public health strategies, serve as the lead for defined projects, meet with policy leaders, and develop new competencies, including new knowledge, skills, and experiences related to tobacco products and their use, which is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States.

The fellowship is a 12-month, multidisciplinary residential program at CTP in Maryland. The third class of fellows will start in September 2014. Fellows will be placed in one of six offices within the CTP: Compliance and Enforcement; Health Communication and Education; Management; Policy; Regulations; or Science.Fellows are expected to complete the full 12-month residential fellowship. Each fellow will be awarded up to $95,000 based on salary history. Fellows may choose to enroll in a health insurance plan through the IOM or get reimbursed for a COBRA plan. Fellows with a sponsoring institution may be compensated for fringe benefits. In addition, each fellow may be eligible to receive a relocation fund (not to exceed $10,000).


Exceptional professionals with a minimum of five to seven years of experience are encouraged to apply. Some candidates earlier in their career may be considered in special circumstances. Applicants must be U.S. Citizens, non-citizen nationals of the U.S., or have been admitted to the U.S. for permanent residence and have a valid green card number before applying to the program and must have an advanced degree.

Application Materials:
The online application will become available on January 6, 2014. Visit the fellowship website at and submit all application materials via the electronic application system. The complete application package includes:

  • Curriculum Vitae (C.V.) • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
  • A One-Page Biography • Two (2) Short Essays

The deadline to submit all application materials is March 3, 2014.

The FDA Tobacco Regulatory Science Fellowship is administered by the IOM and sponsored by the FDA/CTP.

All inquiries should be directed to:
FDA Tobacco Regulatory Science Fellowship
IOM/HPEPF | 500 Fifth Street, NW | Keck WS 838 | Washington

Lambda Legal is pleased to announce its posting for the 2014-2015 Tyron Garner Memorial Fellowship for African-American LGBT Civil Rights, expanded in 2013 from a summer position to a year-long funded fellowship.  Lambda Legal is a national nonprofit organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (“LGBT”) people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education, and public policy work.  Founded in 1973 and headquartered in New York City, Lambda Legal has regional offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta and Dallas.  The Garner Fellowship is a paid, full-time, year-long legal internship awarded to a recent law graduate to work in any of Lambda Legal’s five offices.
Lambda Legal’s law reform, policy, and education work encompasses a wide range of areas critically important to LGBT people and those living with HIV, such as federal and state constitutional law issues; sexual orientation, gender identity, and HIV discrimination in employment, schools, youth in out-of-home care systems, health care, identity documents, the criminal justice system, and other areas; asylum and immigration policy; and harassment and violence.  Lambda Legal has been involved in numerous landmark United States and state Supreme Court cases, including Lawrence v. Texas, Romer v. Evans, Boy Scouts of America v. Dale, University of Alabama v. Garrett, In re Marriage Cases, Varnum v. Brien, Benitez v.  North Coast Women’s Care Medical Group, and Brandon v. County of Richardson.  For more information about Lambda Legal, visit
This fellowship honors the memory of Tyron Garner, one of the men Lambda Legal represented in our groundbreaking Supreme Court victory Lawrence and Garner v. Texas (which struck down all remaining state sodomy laws in the country) and helps expand Lambda Legal’s work in African-American LGBT communities.  Tyron Garner died in 2006, after his case vindicated the constitutional right to express sexual intimacy in adult relationships. 
The fellowship constitutes one of Lambda Legal’s efforts to increase the diversity of attorneys within the LGBT movement.  Through the Garner Fellowship, we seek to encourage and mentor law students dedicated to LGBT issues within African-American communities to become engaged in civil rights work on behalf of LGBT individuals and people living with HIV.  The Garner Fellowship will contribute to Lambda Legal’s expansion of our current work to serve more communities of color and address the intersection of LGBT discrimination and racism, sexism, and poverty that affects African-American LGBT communities. 
Qualifications and Responsibilities:
We are looking for recent law school graduates who have first-hand understanding of the issues that affect communities of color and have demonstrable interest in working with LGBT and HIV issues affecting African-American communities.  The Garner Fellow will work with colleagues to:


  • identify and connect with key African-American leaders and organizations to further inform and guide our efforts to serve African-American LGBT communities;
  • identify important LGBT and HIV legal issues that affect African-American communities, particularly considering inequities and barriers that disproportionately affect African-American LGBT communities;
  • identify poverty-, class- and race-related legal issues that particularly affect African-American LGBT communities that Lambda Legal should address;
  • develop legal resources focused on the specific challenges of people living with HIV in LGBT African-American communities;
  • develop legal resources focused on the specific challenges LGBTQ youth of color face in school, foster care, shelter and juvenile justice systems.

The salary for the Fellowship is $50,000 for the year, and includes health insurance, vacation and other employment benefits. Excellent employer-paid benefits package including medical, dental, life and long-term disability insurance. Generous vacation.

The position is open until filled.  The fellowship anticipates an early fall start date, but may be flexible depending upon the successful candidate’s needs. Please send résumé, writing sample, and letter of interest indicating the Lambda Legal office(s) in which the applicant would be interested in working; a description of experience working in African-American communities; a description of interest in addressing LGBT and HIV issues in African-American communities; and particular areas or legal issues of interest relating to the position to:

Amy Shapiro, Legal Administrative Manager
Lambda Legal
120 Wall Street, 19th Floor
New York, New York 10005-3904
Fax: 212-809-0055
Include the words “Tyron Garner Memorial Fellowship” on the first line of the address of the envelope or the subject line of the email transmitting your application materials. Please indicate which of our offices you would consider.
Capitol Hill Days

Friday, April 4-Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Population Connection is currently extending invitations to their annual advocacy conference, Capitol Hill Days, which will take place Friday, April 4-Tuesday, April 8, at the Fairfax at Embassy Row Hotel in Washington, DC. This weekend consists of informational sessions and interactive advocacy training focused on the pressing need for U.S. investment in international family planning, leading up to lobby visits on Capitol Hill.


The event will have Population Connection members, students, and supporters coming to DC from around the country.

The program is free to attend. Student scholarships are available for student travel and housing, but registration is required. For more information, you can contact Program Assistant, Jessica Anderson, at 202-332-2200 or

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