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O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law - Winter 2015

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O'Neill Institute Spring Conversation Series with Dr. Daniel Lucey: Reflections from the Frontline of the Ebola Response in Liberia
January 22, 2015
1:30 - 3:30 pm (Reception to follow)

O'Neill Institute 2015 Summer Program
June 22-26, 2015

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Composing Perception in Painting and Prose: A Virtual Gallery
By: Aliza Glasner, O'Neill Institute Associate

Death Slipped into Omnibus Spending Bill, a UN Proposal for a Different Future, and the Work Ahead
By: Eric Friedman, O'Neill Institute Associate

“Participation” Means “Hands-On”: UK Supreme Court Further Defines Who Can Conscientiously Object in the Context of Abortion
By: Ana Ayala, O'Neill Institute Associate

The Public Health Implications of Normalized U.S.-Cuba Relations
By: Daniel Hougendobler, O'Neill Institute Law Fellow

Let’s Get Physical! Using Law and Policy to Promote Physical Activity
By: Sarah Roache, O'Neill Institute Associate

Investing in Brain Sciences: the “Who Gets What?” Questions of Neuroethics
By: Katherine Shats, O'Neill Institute Associate

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We hope you had a relaxing and enjoyable holiday. Welcome back and we wish you all the best for the new year!


Fernanda Alonso, LLM, LLB, is an Associate at the O'Neill Institute. She holds a Master of Laws in Global Health Law from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Laws from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), Mexico City.

Prior to joining the O'Neill Institute, Fernanda was the coordinator of the Drug Policy Program at the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) in Aguascalientes, Mexico. There, she participated in legislative and policy projects for the Mexican government as well as researching drug policy issues in Latin America. She also has experience as a legal policy advisor in other susbstance control areas, including tobacco control and alcohol and food regulation.

Eric N. Lindblom, JD, is a Senior Scholar at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, serving through a special detail from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products. Mr. Lindblom is working on a range of projects relating to the authorities and activities of the FDA Center for Tobacco Products and the regulatory process, including collaborative efforts with experts and researchers from Georgetown Law School and the University, other academic institutions, and the tobacco control and public health communities, both domestic and worldwide.

Before coming to the O’Neill Institute in September 2014, Mr. Lindblom was a Senior Advisor to the Director of the Center for Tobacco Products and the Director of the Center’s Office of Policy, where he began serving in January 2011. Mr. Lindblom worked on the full range of FDA tobacco control activities, with a special focus on legal, policy and economic analyses of existing and proposed CTP initiatives. Under his leadership, the CTP Office of Policy also did extensive liaison work with both the tobacco industry and with U.S. and international tobacco control and public health researchers, other experts, government agencies and non-governmental organizations.


Rebecca B. Reingold, JD, is an Institute Associate at the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law. She holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Washington School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from Middlebury College.

Prior to joining the O'Neill Institute, Rebecca served as an Advocacy Coordinator at International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region. There, she advocated for the advancement of sexual and reproductive rights in global and regional United Nations processes and provided technical assistance to NGO partners from Latin America and the Caribbean. Rebecca also conducted research on a range of topics relating to the intersection of health and human rights to support the work of Women's Link Worldwide, the Center for Reproductive Rights and the Pan American Health Organization. Additionally, she served on the Board of Directors of Law Students for Reproductive Justice.

Sarah Roache, LLM, LLB, is a Law Fellow with the O’Neill Institute. She holds a Master of Laws in Global Health Law from Georgetown University, where she received the Thomas Bradbury Chetwood, S.J. Prize for the most distinguished academic record. Sarah also holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Prior to joining the O’Neill Institute, Sarah worked as a complex class action litigator, representing victims of tobacco related diseases and thalidomide survivors. She also has experience as a social and legal policy adviser to government and NGOs, including formulating best practice domestic implementation of the FCTC . Sarah’s research interests include litigation as a public health tool, the regulation of novel products including e-cigarettes and nanofoods, and disability rights.


Katherine Shats, LLB, LLM, is an Institute Associate and Program Coordinator of the O'Neill Institute-Pellegrino Center Program in Brain Science and Global Health Law and Policy, a collaborative project with the Georgetown University Medical Center that focuses on the intersections between neuroscience, neuroethics and global health law and policy.

She holds a Bachelor of Science (Genetics) and a Bachelor of Laws (Honors) from the Australian National University, and a Master of Laws in Global Health Law from Georgetown University Law Center. Before joining the O'Neill Institute, she practiced law for five years, first as an anti-trust and regulatory lawyer, and later as a pro bono lawyer specializing in human rights, refugee and national security law. She has held several positions in the Australian government and has lectured in health law, pharmaco-economics, medical ethics and human rights at the Australian National University. She is presently an Adjust Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine, where she teaches clinical ethics and healthcare policy to first and second year medical students.


Georgetown University’s Scholarly Contributions

The Kennedy Institute of Ethics and the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University have compiled resources on the current Ebola Outbreak in West Africa to highlight the expertise within Georgetown University in a central hub. Current conversations are available through blog posts, scholarly publications, and tweets.  Additional resources will be added as they become available online.


Georgetown Law is now accepting applications for its Global Health Law LL.M. Program and our Global Health and International Institutions LL.M. Program, jointly offered with the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) in Geneva, Switzerland.
These innovative, intensive courses of study are open to highly qualified candidates in public and private sectors with an LL.B., J.D. or other first law degree and strong interest or background in global health law and policy.  Georgetown Law offers graduate students a unique opportunity to advance their knowledge and skills through focused studies in courses on global health, public health, international trade and health, health and human rights, bioethics, food and drug law, biotechnology, and intellectual property. 

The Global Health Law and International Institutions LL.M. program brings together two institutions at the cutting edge of global health law and diplomacy.  At the
Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) in Geneva, Switzerland, students in the jointly offered program will take courses in global health law and diplomacy, international law, humanitarian law, international trade law, international environmental law, international affairs, and international development studies.  IHEID is widely regarded as one of the best international law and relations institutes in Europe and through its Global Health Programme, the Graduate Institute plays an important role in shaping the emerging field of interface between foreign policy, economics, development and health.
Helpful Links:

  • Additional information about the Global Health Law program can be found here
  • Additional information about the Global Health Law and International Institutions program can be found here
  • Information about the Global Health Law Scholarship for full or partial tuition waivers can be found here
  • Online application for both programs can be found here.

Check out our Certificate Programs on US Health Law and Food & Drug Law here.

Please feel free to contact our Director of New Initiatives, Mike Templeman at mft5@law.georgetown.edu with any questions or trusted referrals.



Alonso, Fernanda, and Oscar A. Cabrera. "Fortaleciendo el control de tabaco en América Latina mediante el uso de los derechos humanos." Direito e Tabaco 5, no. 17 (2014): 166-176.

Baytor, Tanya E, and Oscar A Cabrera. "International Human Rights Law." Regulating Tobacco, Alcohol and Unhealthy Foods: The Legal Issues (2014): 65-85.

Crowley, Jeffrey S., Naomi Seiler, Katie Horton, and Mary-Beth Malcarney. "Building on the Affordable Care Act to Make the Health System Work for Young Gay Men: An Action Plan." Trust for America’s Health, March 1, 2014.

Gostin, Lawrence O, Eric Friedman, and Dan Hougendobler. "West Africa’s Ebola Epidemic Is Out of Control, but Never Had to Happen." The O’Neill Institue for National and Global Health Law Briefing, no. 9 (2014).

Gostin, Lawrence O. , Daniel Lucey, and Alexandra Phelan. "The Ebola Epidemic: A Global Health Emergency." JAMA (2014).

Gostin, Lawrence O. "Comment: Healthy Living Needs Global Governance." Nature, July 9, 2014.

Gostin, Lawrence O., and Devi Sridhar. "Global Health and the Law." The New England Journal of Medicine 370 (2014): 1732-1740.

Gostin, Lawrence O. Global Health Law. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2014.

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