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O'Neill Institute Global Health Law LL.M. Update - October 2015

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O'Neill Institute
October 2015

Global Health Law LL.M. Update


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Upcoming LL.M. Events

Annual LL.M. Hike and Brunch
Sunday, November 15
Home of the Gostin's
Potomac, MD
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LL.M. Speed Networking
Tuesday, December 1
Georgetown Law Center
Hotung room 2001

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

O'Neill Institute Blog and Publications

An Eye Opening Evening 
By: Rebecca Donsky, LL.M. student

Global Health's 21st Century Challenge
By: Anna Tordjmann, LL.M. student

Research Assistants- An Introduction to Working in Global Health Law
By: Mary DeBartolo O'Neill Institute Associate 

The O'Neill Institute Responds to WHO's DR. Margaret Chan's Global Futures Initiative Lecture
By: The O'Neill Institute

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree Takes on Food Waste
By: Aliza Glasner O'Neill Institute Associate 

Trade Liberalization for Tobacco Products Doesn't Make Sense: Why the O'Neill Institute is Petitioning Against U.S. Tobacco Product Import Subsidies 
By: Katherine Shats O'Neill Institute Associate 

Reflecting on Indigenous Health Disparities on Columbus Day 
By: Anna Roberts O'Neill Institute Law Fellow

The Unmet Need for Family Planning, an Unmet Human Right
By: Rebecca Reingold O'Neill Institute Associate 

National Health Equity Strategies to Implement the Global Promise of SDGS
By: Eric Friedman O'Neill Institute Associate 

Vote Food 2016: An Open Letter to all Candidates Running for Office
By: Aliza Glasner O'Neill Institute Associate 

What does the Conclusion of TPP Negotiations Mean for Global Health Law?
By: The O'Neill Institute 

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Dear Students,

Now that you are knee-deep into the semester (and are hopefully enjoying your classes!), it is time to start thinking and preparing for your next steps. This means getting a better sense of potential opportunities that would be of interest to you. On a regular basis, research potential employers and types of job opportunities available out there, polish up your resumes, and network, network, network! 

On that note, we have an exciting speed networking event planned for the evening of ​Tuesday, December 1​, just for you. We have more details to come, but please be sure to mark your calendars for now. Also, check out our Job Board, where you will find job search resources, events, and job announcements that have come our way (see bottom of newsletter for more details).


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Public Health England published a report on 22 October 2015 documenting the devastating effects of sugar on our diet. Did you know that a 1.75 l bottle of coke contains 46 sugar cubes worth of sugar and a Mars Bar is nearly 60% sugar? And did you know that food companies sneak sugar into almost everything you eat, including the products you think are healthy—baked beans, soy milk, yogurt, and bread? Public Health England recommends: a 10-20% sugar tax, advertising curbs, bans on special pricing or offers on sugary foods, and reformulated products with less sugar? 
Public Health England concludes, “Over the last 30-40 years there have been profound changes in our relationship with food— how we shop, where we eat, as well as the foods available and how they are produced. Food is now more readily available, more heavily promoted, marketed, and advertised, and, in real terms, much cheaper than ever before. All of these nudge us toward over-consumption. The changes have crept up on us… it is time to do something about it.”
Whether government does anything about it is debatable as the food and beverage industry is mightily powerful. But YOU can change your relationship with food. Avoid all added sugars.

For more information about Professor Gostin, please click here.


Six years as a corporate and pharmaceutical attorney was enough for LL.M. alum Vanessa Perlman, so in 2010, Vanessa quit her job to join the Global Health Law and International Institutions program.  She planned to use the LL.M. to shift her career from corporate law to global health policy.  But after some post-graduation policy work focused on access to medicines and international trade issues, Vanessa decided to take her global health training in a different direction, to combine her passion for travel with her desire to improve global health.  In 2014, she founded Mockingbird Travel.
Mockingbird is an international tour company built on the principles of sustainable tourism and global health philanthropy.  It offers small-group guided tours, primarily to less-developed parts of the world.  In keeping with its tagline, “Go for the Greater Good,” a portion of the proceeds from every Mockingbird tour goes to a global health project in one of the communities on the tour itinerary.  Travelers also have the opportunity to visit the health project during their tour.  Recognizing the close connection between health and travel, and believing in the power of travel to transform lives and benefit the global community, Vanessa created the Mockingbird tour model both to improve global health outcomes and to increase travelers’ awareness of global health issues.
Currently Mockingbird is organizing private group tours and will announce the dates of its first public tours, to Ecuador, in the coming months.  You can learn more about Mockingbird at 


Anand Grover is a well-known, long-time advocate and activist on HIV, health, and human rights. He is a designated Senior Advocate, practicing in the Supreme Court of India and the Director of the Lawyer’s Collective (India), having offices in Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore. Mr. Grover served as the UN Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health (Right to Health) by the UN Human Rights Council from August 1, 2008, to July 31, 2014. He has argued many cases relating to sexual diversity, sexual harassment, medicinal accessibility, and the rights of people living with HIV.
Anand Grover has worked closely with UNAIDS on HIV-related rights and law issues for many years, and has served on the UNAIDS Reference Group on HIV and Human Rights. He is presently a member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, and a member of The Lancet-University of Oslo Panel on Global Governance on Health. He recently presented the Jonathan Memorial Lecture at the Toronto conference on HIV and AIDS and gave the opening plenary speech at the International Harm Reduction Conference at Kuala Lumpur. The O’Neill Institute is delighted to host Mr. Grover as a visiting professor for the LL.M. Global Health Law program this November. He will be teaching "Realizing the International Right to Health."

More information on Anand Grover can be found here


Evelyn Chuang

"Learning from both academic and pragmatic perspectives in the Global Health program has been the most fantastic experience for me. It is a program not only for law practitioners, but also for those looking to engage in the profession of diverse health policy in the future."

Mehgan Gallagher

"So far my experience in the Global Health LLM program at Georgetown has been amazing. I have had the opportunity to meet and network with so many wonderful people. My professors, classmates and lecturers range from government officials and diplomats, to directors of international organizations and judges. My professors are knowledgeable and bring a level of experience to the classroom that is unparalleled."


LL.M. Director Ana Ayala presented at The One Health & The Global Health Security Agenda event, organized by O'Neill Institute Senior Scholar Daniel Lucey.

An Eye Opening Evening blog post by LL.M. student Rebecca Donsky

"On September 30, 2015 I attended an event at Georgetown Law hosted by Professor Eric Rosenthal of Georgetown Law, the Human Rights Institute, and Disability Rights International (DRI), an International human rights organization in Washington, DC. During this event I witnessed the premier of the PBS visionaries documentary Disability Rights International: No One Left Behind.The film was a graphic showcase on children who were left behind in orphanages in the Republic of Georgia..."

The Food and Drug Law Journal Symposium: Constitutional Challenges to FDA Law & Regulation is being held on October 30 at Georgetown University Law Center. The symposium is being presented by the Food and Drug Law Institute, Georgetown University Law Center, and the O”Neill Institute for National & Global Health Law.

Global Health's 21st Century Challenge blog post by LL.M. student Anna Tordjmann

"I am a candidate in the Global Health Law LL.M at Georgetown Law, and I received the unique chance to attend Doctor Margaret Chan’s lecture on Global Health’s 21st Century Challenge as well as meeting her for a more private conversation. During her lecture, Doctor Chan addressed three main subjects. She started out her speech by giving a general overview of the main 21st century challenges. She mentioned the very interesting issue of addiction to antibiotics and microbial resistance. While less advantaged countries suffer from the underuse of antibiotics, wealthy countries are facing the opposite issue: the overuse of antibiotics is progressively leading to a microbial resistance..."

Thank you students and O'Neill Institute for a successful Not-So-Spooky Halloween Happy Hour and Penn Social!


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International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL)

Application Deadline: November 1

The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) is seeking a lawyer to serve as a Legal Advisor for ICNL’s programs and projects in sub-Saharan Africa. This is a full-time position. ICNL has worked in over 100 countries to strengthen the legal framework for civil society, civic participation, and philanthropy. Our partners include civil society organizations (CSOs), governments, law schools, and international bodies.

More information can be found here.  


University of Copenhagen

Application Deadline: November 2

The Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, is calling for applications for a position as professor of law currently in Biotechnology Law. The position is to be filled as soon as possible.The professor shall continuously develop and maintain a high level in his or her research, teaching activities and pedagogic competencies. Other duties may be added as determined by the Faculty and the emphasis placed on different tasks may change over time.

More information can be found here.  


USAID, Front Office, Office of Health, Infectious Diseases and Nutrition, Bureau for Global Health

Application Deadline: November 30

The Senior SBC Advisor (Senior Advisor) will work as part of an SBC team located in the Front Office of HIDN, and will primarily support infectious disease programs including Emerging Pandemic Threats, TB, NTDs and malaria. Receiving day-to-day guidance and technical direction from the HIDN Office Director, the Senior Advisor will assist in managing GH/HIDN’s social and behavior change project(s) and activities; provide technical assistance to the HIDN Office and USAID Missions on SBC and field implementation; and collaborate with other SBC technical staff on questions and issues concerning social and behavior change. 

More information can be found here.  


Loyola University Chicago School of Law

Application Deadline: Open until filled 

Loyola University Chicago (LUC), School of Law invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position, at the rank of Assistant/Associate Professor with expertise in health law, beginning in fall 2016. We seek a scholar-teacher whose substantive interests are in the areas of administrative law, healthcare regulation, corporate health law and/or food and drug/pharmaceutical law. The Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy is one of the most highly regarded health law programs in the country. For information about the Institute, please visit:
Teaching responsibilities shall include courses in the health law curriculum, as well as one first year J.D. course. Candidates for the position must clearly demonstrate the potential for excellence in research and teaching and have a record of (or clear potential for) distinguished scholarship.
The Beazley Institute has grown to offer one of the most comprehensive and respected health law programs in the country. The curriculum is designed with the input of leading health lawyers.



Center for Research on Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of Psychiatric, Neurologic and Behavioral Genetics at Columbia University 

Application Deadline: December 1

The Center for Research on Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of Psychiatric, Neurologic and Behavioral Genetics at Columbia University announces the availability of a post-doctoral fellowship position to begin September 2016. The goal of the fellowship is to train researchers whose work is focused on the ethical, legal and social implications of advances in genetics, with a special focus on psychiatric, neurologic, and behavioral genetics. Training programs, which will generally last 2 years, include course work, mentored research activities, guidance in seeking research funding, and participation in the activities of the Center. All activities are designed to accommodate the skills and interests of the fellows.Candidates should have a doctorate (e.g., PhD, JD, MD) in the social and behavioral sciences, genetics or other basic sciences, epidemiology, nursing, medicine, law, or one of the humanities, and substantial empirical research skills.


Truth Initiative (Formerly Legacy)

Application Deadline: Open until filled

The part-time Research Assistant will work with the study PI and Project Coordinator to support a study funded by the National Institute of Drug Abuse. This project examines the daily smoking patterns of smokers interested in trying e-cigarettes. Work schedule is flexible up to 20 hours per week and some weekend and weekday evening availability (5:30 pm - 8 pm) is required on an as-needed basis. Responsibilities include telephone screenings and participant monitoring, examination of interview transcripts, management of biosamples, and qualitative data management and analysis.

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