O'Neill Institute

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

O'Neill Institute
O'Neill Institute
March 2014

Global Health Law LL.M. Update


O'Neill Institute

LL.M. Upcoming Events
Important Dates

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

April 2 - 1:30pm-2:30pm
McDonough 437, Georgetown Law
O’Neill Institute Presentation by Otto Zhang

Thursday, April 3 - 1:00pm-2:00pm
McDonough 205, Georgetown Law
O’Neill Institute Spring Conversation Series with Sheelagh McGuinness

Monday, July 14 – Friday, July 18
O’Neill Institute Summer Program - Emerging Issues in Food and Drug Law

Monday, July 21 – Friday, July 25
O’Neill Institute Summer Program - US Health Reform - The Affordable Care Act


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

O'Neill Institute Blog - Selected Recent Posts

The Boogeymen of HIV that Never Were
By: Brian Honermann, O'Neill Institute Associate

Universal Health Coverage Should Be Universal: An Analysis of a World Health Organization/World Bank Proposal
By: Eric Friedman, O'Neill Institute Associate 

The ACA’s Contraception Coverage Mandate: Constitutional Limits On Exempting Employers
By: John Kraemer, O'Neill Institute Scholar
“Uganda Be Kidding Me”: Anti-Homosexuality Bill Becomes Law
By: Ana Ayala, O'Neill Institute Associate

Is obesity the ticket to fighting antibiotic resistance?
By: Aliza Glasner, O’Neill Institute Associate

Arcing Toward Justice: Three Reasons the Fight for Access to Medicines Is Far from Over, But Can Be Won
By: Daniel Hougendobler, O'Neill Institute Fellow

See All News & Events




Apply to be an O’Neill Institute Law Fellow!

Law Fellows are based at the O’Neill Institute and report to the O’Neill Executive Director and Faculty Director. Fellows work on academic legal research and scholarly projects. Duties include working closely with faculty to produce scholarly works for publication, in some cases leading to joint publication. Allocation of time is primarily determined by O’Neill Institute faculty needs; additionally, limited time may be allocated to independent research and O’Neill Institute projects.

Candidates must have a J.D. degree (or the equivalent), exceptional academic credentials including publications, and health law-related research interests in areas like public health law, global health law, domestic health care law, empirical studies, regulatory impacts on health, health and human rights.

Fellow position is 2014-2015. The deadline for application is Friday, April 25, 2014.



Many of you have asked how the institute can help facilitate greater networking between students and alumni, particularly as it relates to career opportunities. We hope this virtual private forum will become one of the simplest means to stay in touch and expand your own network as the program grows and participation increases.

To that end, if you know of alumni who are on LinkedIn and not yet part of the group, please let them know about this space and kindly ask them to request to join.



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.


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Professor Lawrence O. Gostin is the Faculty Director of the O'Neill Institute and holds the Founding O'Neill Chair in Global Health Law. For more information about Professor Gostin, please click here.


Oscar 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).

Oscar was awarded a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Health Law and Policy Fellowship for his Masters program. After earning his LL.M., he worked as a Research Associate with Professor Colleen Flood, at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law and the Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (CIHR-IHSPR). In this capacity, he was involved in several health law related projects.

Oscar has worked on projects with the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, among other organizations. He has studied and is interested in various health law related fields, such as public health law, sexual and reproductive rights, health and human rights, global tobacco litigation and health systems law and policy.


Florian Kastler is a PhD candidate at the Health Law Institute of the University of Descartes Sorbonne Paris Cité. He is also a teaching assistant in Constitutional law. The subject of his thesis is the normative role of the World Health Organization (WHO) in the global governance of health. His research seeks to better understand the normative function of the WHO through the legal instruments it has adopted such as the International Health Regulation (2005), the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) and the codes of practice. The aim of his research is to define the future normative role of the WHO.


He is a Global Health Law LLM alumni (class of 2011) and a former research assistant at the O'Neill Institute. He passed the NY bar in 2011.He also has a double Maîtrise (JD equivalent) in English and French law as well as a Master in International Affairs from Sciences Po, Paris. Finally, he was an intern at the Tobacco Free Initiative department of the World Health Organization in 2009, at the Minister of Finance in Gabon in 2008 and at the Council of Europe in 2006.


Impact issues that matter this summer with the Fund! 

The Fund for the Public Interest is a national non-profit organization that works to build support for progressive organizations across the country. We run campaigns for the Human Rights Campaign, USPIRG, and Environment America. This summer we will be in over 50 cities, working and lobbying to help win environmental and social justice campaigns. 

Last summer our staff helped stop toxic gas drilling, worked to end subsidies for junk food, and built support for equal rights for all Americans- all while building valuable leadership skills. Currently, we have paid positions open on our campaign staff in each of our locations. We require that interested candidates are hard workers and have excellent communication skills. 

As a member of our staff, you will fundraise, build membership for our partner groups, and educate and activate citizens on pressing issues. You will also have the opportunity to organize press conferences and build coalitions with other non-profit organizations. While on staff, you gain knowledge of pressing concerns our country is facing, learn how to effectively generate public support, and obtain a firm understanding of the political process. 

We will be holding information sessions and interviews at Georgetown University on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 4/8-4/10 at 10, 2, 4, and 6.

To apply, please visit or call 1-800-75-EARTH ( 753-2784 ).
Internship Opportunity

We all want to make a difference, but too many internships focus entirely on research and require students to get lost in the library. If you want to make a real difference in your community, consider an internship with the Gansler/Ivey Campaign.
Interns will work closely with the statewide staff and participate in weekly briefings on the campaign as well as current events in Maryland politics. Interns learn basic skills that allow them to analyze issues and articulate solutions to the pressing problems of the day. This is a great way to get in on the ground floor of what will be one of the most-watched gubernatorial primaries in the country. Though responsibilities vary, most internships will include:

  • Working with the candidate and community organizations to increase visibility and name identification throughout Maryland
  • Assisting the campaign with fundraising, press, and social media

Interns will have the opportunity to work on a campaign where they learn about public interest issues, gain political knowledge, and see how the democratic process works.
As the primary election is coming up in June, we are asking students to begin right away.  We are flexible and willing to work around students’ schedules. The office is open 7 days a week: 9am-9pm during the week and 10am-7pm on weekends.

Opportunities for class credit and community service hours available.

For more information contact Derry Kiernan, at (203) 843-7575, or at
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
32nd Graduate Summer Institute of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

June 16 - July 3, 2014 Baltimore, MD

Online Registration Now Open!

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Graduate Summer Institute of Epidemiology and Biostatistics offers short, intensive courses in epidemiology and biostatistics intended to develop an understanding of the principles, methodologic strategies and practical aspects of epidemiological research.

  • Create your own program of study
  • Choose from more than 40 courses
  • One, two or three-week courses, one day workshops, and online courses
  • Register for academic credit or professional development

For more information, please contact: Ayesha Khan, Coordinator, Dept of Epidemiology, Tel: 410-955-7158; Fax: 443-287-8757; Email:
Summer Interns Program
Program Dates: May 27 – August 1, 2014
PROGRAM INFORMATION: For program inquiries please contact
Summer internship opportunities are currently available in the Health Law & Policy Clinic at the Center for Health Law & Policy Innovation (CHLPI) of Harvard Law School.
Use your 1L or 2L summer to get the best experience you’ll have in law school (according to our alumni!) at the crown jewel of Harvard Law School clinical offerings, and get to know Boston better exploring the neighborhood gems within easy reach of the Center for Health Law & Policy Innovation (CHLPI) in Jamaica Plain.  Spending the summer with us is the best way to guarantee you’ll have this experience, since semester based clinical placements are usually over-enrolled.
Although primarily open to law school students, CHLPI’s summer program also has a limited number of positions open to candidates in other, but related, disciplines. These positions focus heavily on policy research and analysis, and involve writing technical and non-technical legislative and regulatory summaries as well as providing technical assistance to states and community-based organizations regarding healthcare reform, Medicaid programming, and new strategies to increase access to care for underserved populations.
Students interested in being a summer intern at the Center must commit to work 35-40 hours per week for the duration of the program.
HOW TO APPLY: The 2014 summer program runs from Tuesday, May 27th to Friday, August 1st for a minimum of 35-40 hours per week.   Application is by email including cover letter and resume to
Applications will be received and reviewed on a rolling basis until opportunities are filled.
Summer interns are unpaid but eligible for all public interest fellowships including SPIF and EJA.
More Information about the Center for Health Law & Policy Innovation: The Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School (CHLPI) advocates for legal, regulatory, and policy reforms to improve the health of underserved populations, with a focus on the needs of low-income people living with chronic illnesses and disabilities. CHLPI works with consumers, advocates, community-based organizations, health and social services professionals, food providers and producers, government officials, and others to expand access to high-quality healthcare and nutritious, affordable food; to reduce health disparities; to develop community advocacy capacity; and to promote more equitable and effective healthcare and food systems. CHLPI is a clinical teaching program of Harvard Law School and mentors students to become skilled, innovative, and thoughtful practitioners as well as leaders in health, public health, and food law and policy.
Global Health Law and Governance: The State of the Art 
MONDAY 7 APRIL  |  18:30 - 20:00

A panel of experts moderated by Prof. Gian Luca Burci, Legal Counsel at the World Health Organization, will explore the state of affairs in Global Health Law and governance, with a look to the most pressing legal and policy issues in the field, a prognosis for the major health threats of our times--as well as an assessment of where health fits in current trends and developments in international law.  

Graduate Institute professors Ilona Kickbush and Joost Pauwelyn will be joined by special guest panelist, Dr. Lawrence Gostin of Georgetown University.  Read more...

Free entry; please register here.

Auditorium 2
Maison de la paix
The Graduate Institute, Geneva
UNAIDS Seeks Chief, Human Rights and Law 
Application Deadline: 5 April 2014     

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.

Please visit the website for more information.


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