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O'Neill Institute Global Health Law LL.M. Update - October 2013

O'Neill Institute
O'Neill Institute
October 2013

Global Health Law LL.M. Update


O'Neill Institute

Upcoming Conferences and Events

American Public Health Association
Nov. 2-6, 2013
Boston, MA
ABA Washington Health Law Summit
Dec. 9-10, 2013
Washington, DC
Global Health and Innovation Conference (GHIC) - presented by Unite for Sight
Apr. 12-13, 2014
Yale University, New Haven, CT
Consortium of Universities for Global Health
May 10-12, 2014
Washington, DC
American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Nov. 13-14, 2014
Washington, DC

O'Neill Institute Conversation Series

November 7, 2013
O’Neill Institute Fall Conversation Series with Phil Chen, Nora Connors, Lisa Keels, and Alix Pereira
1:30-2:30pm - Hotung 6006, Georgetown Law

November 21, 2013
O’Neill Institute Fall Conversation Series with Bill Novelli
1:30-2:30pm - Hotung 6006, Georgetown Law


O'Neill Institute Blog - Selected Recent Posts

The Enduring Stigma of Mental Illness
By: Daniel Hougendobler, O'Neill Institute Law Fellow

The Breast Milk Market and the Need for Clearer Rules
By: Phoebe Ramsey, O'Neill Institute Manager of Finance and Administration

Who owns an amputated limb after surgery in China and why does that matter?
By: Di Wu, O'Neill Institute Associate

U.N. Is Sued in U.S. Court for Cholera Epidemic in Haiti
By: Ana Ayala, O'Neill Institute Associate

Stepping Up on Nutrition: Can “Let’s Move!” End Childhood Obesity in a Generation?
By: Belinda Reeve, O'Neill Institute Law Fellow

Consultation on the Framework for a Framework Convention on Global Health
By: Eric Friedman, O'Neill Institute Associate

See All News & Events



On Sunday, October 20th, 2013 Professor Gostin led the O'Neill Institute and the Global Health Law LL.M. students on a hike to Great Falls National Park. We had spectacular weather for the scenic hike and returned to Professor Gostin's home for a healthy brunch. Thanks to all who participated!


"When you buy foods, scrutinize the labels for hidden fats, sugars, and sodium."

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.


Tim Westmoreland holds a joint appointment at Georgetown University (2001-present), as a visiting professor of law and a research professor of public policy, teaching about legislation and statutory interpretation, health law, and budget policy. He is also a Senior Scholar at the O’Neill Institute. From 2002-2005, Prof. Westmoreland was awarded the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Investigator Award in Health Policy Research, and in 2002, he received the American Foundation for AIDS Research Award of Courage.

Prior to his appointment at Georgetown, Prof. Westmoreland was the Director of the Medicaid program at the Health Care Finance Administration, in President Clinton’s Department of Health and Human Services. In his last year of service, he received the Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service.

From 1995 to 1999, he was a senior policy fellow at the Georgetown Law Center, teaching in the clinical program on federal legislation. During that same period, he served as a counsel to the Koop-Kessler Advisory Committee on Tobacco Policy and Public Health, as a senior advisor on HIV/AIDS to the Kaiser Family Foundation, and as a lobbyist for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. From 1996-1997, he was awarded the Atlantic Fellowship in Public Policy from the Commonwealth Fund-New York and the British Council-London.

Prof. Westmoreland spent the first 15 years of his career (1979-1995) at the same desk, working for the Subcommittee on Health and the Environment of the United States House of Representatives, under the chairmanship of Congressman Henry Waxman. In that job, he staffed hearings and legislation on public health, reproductive health, biomedical research, biomedical ethics, and health regulation.

Tim Westmoreland is originally from the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. He went to college at Duke and law school at Yale.


Hrant Jamgochian, a graduate of the inaugural class of the Global Health Law program at Georgetown, has been busy making major policy waves in the healthcare world. Hrant, formerly a top health policy Executive at United Way Worldwide, is now running his own patient advocacy nonprofit as the Executive Director of Dialysis Patient Citizens. As Executive Director, Hrant plays a central role in the organization's mission to even the playing field for dialysis patients, and bring the patient voice to the forefront of the policy conversation. For Hrant, this includes directly advocating to federal lawmakers on behalf of patients, running a major gifts program that fundraises for DPC's groundbreaking issue campaigns, and building a broad coalition of health organizations, service providers, and other partners working together.

In addition to his professional leadership in the nonprofit world, Hrant recently launched an aggressive bid for State Delegate in Maryland's 16th Legislative District, where his health care experience and expertise are key parts of his platform and motivation for running. Hrant's campaign for State Delegate is a natural progression of the work he does every day advocating for the most vulnerable members of society. Some of Hrant's top health priorities on the campaign trail are improving patient access to treatment, closing existing loopholes in insurance coverage, and improving long term care for seniors and disabled members of the community.


Applications are invited for 10 faculty fellowships in public health law education.

Georgia State University College of Law and its Center for Law, Health & Society are leading an initiative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for a faculty fellowship program to promote public health law education. Ten faculty members from law schools or schools/programs of public health will be selected to participate in a yearlong fellowship program designed to foster innovations in educational programming (including clinical, externship, and other experiential learning) and to build a strong learning community among faculty who teach in the public health law field.

All fellows, with their deans’ support, will design and implement a project for curricular change in public health law education at their home institutions. Each fellow will be paired with a faculty mentor in public health law. The fellows will begin their fellowship year by attending an intensive 10-day educational Summer Institute on July 16-26, 2014 in Park City, Utah. Over the course of the academic 2014-2015 fellowship year, the fellows and their mentors will regularly share ideas, experiences and models for public health law teaching, providing opportunities for professional growth and leadership development.


  • Applicants must have a J.D. degree and be employed in a full-time faculty position at a law school or school/program of public health, or be a full-time faculty member affiliated with a law school or school/program of public health, with a tenure-track, tenured, clinical-track, joint, or comparable faculty appointment;

  • Applicants must have at least three years of full-time teaching experience at a graduate- or professional-school level by July 2014; previous background in health care law, public health law, or related subjects is preferred;

  • A dean’s transmittal letter of support for the proposal is required, as well as two letters of reference. 

For the complete list of eligibility and selection criteria and to review the full Call for Applications, click here.
How to Apply

  • The application period opens Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013. The deadline for applications is Friday, Dec. 13, 2013. Letters of reference are due Friday, Dec. 6, 2013.

  • For instructions on how to apply and complete information about the program, download the full Call for Applications here.

Questions? Contact Stacie Kershner, associate director for the Center for Law, Health & Society, at or 404-413-9088.

ChangeLab Solutions seeks an attorney with significant experience in public health law to join our dynamic team of planners, policy analysts, attorneys, and public health experts who develop innovative solutions to critical public health challenges. The staff attorney will work on all aspects of our new Public Health Workforce Capacity Building project, which will be conducted in partnership with a Legal Organizations Consortium (comprised of ChangeLab Solutions, the Network for Public Health Law, the Public Health Law Center and Public Health Law Research) through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Click here for more information.

Oxford-Princeton Global Leaders Fellowship - Deadline 18th November 2013

Applications are invited from nationals of non-OECD countries for a number of two-year fellowships to work on global governance and the role of developing and emerging countries in the world political economy; fellowships will be awarded to start in September 2014 for a year’s study at the University of Oxford followed by a year at Princeton University. Post-holders will be provided with appropriate stipends sufficient to cover full living costs. The programme intends to establish a network of leading scholar-practitioners in global governance.

Applicants must be nationals of non-OECD countries (this is a condition stipulated by the donor). They must have completed (or have evidence of imminent completion of) a doctorate in a relevant area. They should also show evidence of outstanding analytical and research skills. In addition, candidates will be required to demonstrate their plans for a clearly articulated research project which is relevant to the Programme’s aims.

The duties and skills required are described in more detail in the further particulars, which also contain details on how to apply. These are available from our website; from email:; address: GLF Programme, University College, Oxford OX1 4BH.

The Network for Public Health Law and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation are proud to announce the Visiting Attorney, Public Health Law Practice Fellowship. The Fellowship is a post-JD program designed to develop skills and competencies in practice-based public health law that will advance participating attorneys’ careers in the field and prepare them for employment within local, state, federal or tribal public health organizations. Attorneys get hands-on experience with public health agency leaders and counsel. Broad exposure to current legal issues faced by public health agencies, and opportunities to research these issues and develop practical guidance, provide a rich environment in which to hone legal skills relevant for a career in public health law.

Five fellows will be chosen to hold full-time, one-year appointments at one of five government offices: The Minnesota Department of Health, the New Mexico Department of Health, the City of New Orleans, the New York City Department of Health and the West Virginia State Privacy Office.

Fellows will receive a salary plus benefits. J.D.s with one to two years of experience in law and/or public health, and an MPH or equivalent public health degree or experience are encouraged to apply.

Learn more about the Fellowship and application process.

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