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

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February 2015

Global Health Law LL.M. Update


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LL.M. Upcoming Events
Important Dates

Friday, February 27 - 3:00-6:00pm
O'Neill Institute Bowling Event and Happy Hour
Pinstripes (Georgetown)

Monday, March 2 - 5:30-7:30pm
O'Neill Institute Career Networking Event
5th Floor, EBW Library Atrium

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

O'Neill Institute Blog and Publications

Measles: Where "to Vaccinate and Not to Vaccinate" is Not the Question
By: Ana Ayala, O'Neill Institute Associate

A Year into the Legalization of Recreational Marijuana in Colorado
By: Fernanda Alonso, O'Neill Institute Associate  

Concussions and College Sports: Time for the NCAA to Step Up to the Plate
By: Katherine Shats, O'Neill Institute Associate

When Maturity Matters: Cassandra's Case
By: Rebecca Reingold, O'Neill Institute Associate

Ban the (Indoor) Tan: It's Time to Ban Tanning Beds in the United States
By: Sarah RoacheO'Neill Institute Fellow 

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 

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2015 O'Neill Institute Summer Program on Infectious Diseases and the Law

June 22-26, 2015

The Summer Program will bring together leading practitioners, policymakers, advocates, and academics in global health to explore the role and implications of law in the global response to infectious diseases. Interactive lectures, panels, and case studies will examine legal powers, duties, and constraints relevant to infectious diseases.

Click here for more information about the program. 


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When we think about our health, we tend to think about the physical: diet, physical activity, flexibility, and strength. But our mental health — our levels of wellbeing — are just as important, and maybe more so. More and more, we learn about the close links between our mental health and our physical one. Among the most important parts of our wellbeing is restful sleep and stress reduction, but how can we do this with so much work to do and so many responsibilities. For sleep, make sure you have as much asleep as your body needs — about a full 8 hours of restful sleep. Many people say or think they can do with less, but the data show that isn’t true. We think that we don’t have time to sleep because there is too much to do, but the truth is exactly the opposite. Without sleep we perform our tasks much less efficiently. Sleep actually makes us perform better, much better. So, have a cup of herbal tea before bed, no computers, smart phones, or tablets, and free your mind.

Have a look here: NatGeo documentary: "Sleepless in America". Sleep well my lovely students and do well in your lives. Next time, stress relief.

For more information about Professor Gostin, please click here.



Dru Bhattacharya, JD, MPH, LLM is the Chair and Associate Professor of the Department of Population Health Sciences and Director of the Public Health program at the University of San Francisco.  He received his post-doctoral certification in clinical epidemiology from Harvard Medical School; his Master of Laws (LL.M.) with distinction from Georgetown University Law Center; his Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University; and his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Chicago.  He is the sole author of two texts, including “Public Health Policy: Issues, Theories, and Advocacy,” and “Global Health Disputes and Disparities.” He was the 2014 recipient of the Early Career Award by the American Public Health Association’s Health Law Section, and is currently exploring health disparities both domestically and abroad, with particular interests in social determinants of health.


Thomas J. Bollyky is senior fellow for global health, economics, and development at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). He is also an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University and consultant to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Richard Wilder is Associate General Counsel in the Global Health Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In that capacity he has responsibility for providing legal support in a range of projects for the development and delivery of drugs, vaccines and diagnostics in the developing world.

This semester we are thrilled to offer the course "Law and Regulation of Global Health Technologies" taught by co-professors Thomas Bollyky and Richard Wilder. Technological advances in diagnostics and therapeutics have the potential to revolutionize health care and improve the lives of millions of people. However, many of these technologies remain out of reach to those who need them, particularly the poor in low- and middle-income countries. With increased investment and global attention over the last decade, there has been tremendous progress in building a pipeline of candidate medical technologies to meet the health needs of the world’s poorest people. This course will explore the legal, regulatory and policy issues that are shaping the research, development, and delivery of those drugs, vaccines, and diagnostics. 


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A Guide to Public Health Careers 

Public health may conjure images of community medical clinics or awareness campaigns promoting healthy living, but the field is not nearly so narrow. Instead, public health professionals are involved in everything from identifying diseases to creating public policy to helping refugees integrate into new communities.

According to the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH), there are ten common areas of study for those entering the field. These areas can lead to careers such as health educators and community outreach workers, but the health department isn’t the only place hiring public health majors. 

The following guide dives deeper into these careers and others within the public health sphere. It leverages expert interviews, information and resources to better understand the professional landscape, as well as the various educational options needed to enter, advance and succeed in the field. Specific goals of the guidebook include:

  • Dispelling the myths and misconceptions surrounding public health
  • Explaining the skills gained by public health students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels
  • Exploring the diverse occupations and career paths that can come from a public health degree
  • Providing industry-specific resources for students
  • Leveraging experts in the field to get the most valuable information possible


FDA Tobacco Regulatory Science Fellowship

The FDA Center for Tobacco Products (CTP), in collaboration with the Institute of Medicine (IOM), offers a regulatory science fellowship program 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 acquire new knowledge 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, starting September 2015. Fellows will be placed in one of six areas within the CTP: Compliance and Enforcement; Health Communication and Education; Management; Policy; Regulations; or Science (see pages 5–6).

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). 

For any questions, call (202) 334-1506 or email

Click here to apply.

O'Neill Institute - Law Fellow 

The O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law is seeking exceptionally qualified candidates to serve as O’Neill Institute Fellows. Housed at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC., the O’Neill Institute is a leading research institute for health law. For more details about the Institute and its ongoing work please visit

Fellows are based at the Law Center and report to the O’Neill Institute Executive Director and to the Faculty Director. Law fellows work on academic legal research and scholarship projects. Duties include working closely with faculty to produce scholarly works for publication, in some cases leading to joint publication. Allocation of time is mainly determined by O’Neill Institute faculty needs and taking into account fellow preferences; additionally, some time may be allocated to O’Neill projects. Fellowships are for one year with possible extension for two years, and will begin in Summer 2015. Fellows will receive an annual salary of $65,000 with great benefits.

Candidates should 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 of health, health and human rights, etc. Successful candidates will have knowledge and/or experience in aspects of national and or global health law and ethics. A post-graduate degree (MPH, LL.M.), health degree, or significant work experience may be preferred.

To apply, please complete the online application here:

USAID, Global Health Fellows Program II

Quality Improvement (QI) InternOffice of Health Systems, Bureau for Global Health, United States Agency for International Development
Anticipated timeframe: April 2015 - July 2015: Compensated 16 week internship
Location: Washington, DC/Arlington, VA

The Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP-II) is a five year cooperative agreement implemented and managed by the Public Health Institute in partnership with Global Health Corps, GlobeMed, Management Systems International and PYXERA Global. GHFP-II is supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

GHFP-II's goal is to improve the effectiveness of USAID health programs by addressing the Agency's immediate and emerging human capacity needs. The program seeks to accomplish this goal first through the recruitment, placement and support of diverse health professionals at the junior, mid and senior levels. These program participants include fellows, interns, corporate volunteers and Foreign Service National professionals. The program then provides substantial performance management and career development support to participants, including annual working planning assistance, and ensures that professional development opportunities are available.

Looking to the future, GHFP-II also seeks to establish a pool of highly-qualified global health professionals that will ensure the Agency's ongoing technical leadership and effectiveness. This objective is supported by an extensive outreach program that brings global health opportunities and specialized career advice to a diverse range of interested individuals, with a particular focus on those underrepresented in the field of global health.

For more information, please visit:


Columbia Law School, Associate Director of Social Justice Initiatives 

Columbia Law School seeks an Associate Director of Social Justice Initiatives who will have substantial responsibility for the implementation of Social Justice Initiatives' activities regarding Columbia Law School J.D. and LL.M international human rights and international public law summer and postgraduate employment and pro bono service. The incumbent will be a key part of the SJI team's provision of a comprehensive public service professional development program regarding public interest, government and human rights legal careers in the United States and abroad. The primary responsibilities of this position will be (1) advising and presenting programs to Columbia Law students and graduates; (2) overseeing the administration of the Human Rights Internship Program; (3) doing outreach to employers and fellowship sponsors so that Columbia is a primary contact for them; and (4) revising SJI's publications regarding human rights and international public interest legal careers. The incumbent also may participate in appropriate projects of Columbia's Human Rights Institute or Human Rights Clinic. This position reports to the Dean for Social Justice Initiatives. 
For a more detailed job description and instructions on how to apply online, please go to:

Center for Reproductive Rights - U.S. Policy and Advocacy Summer 2015 Law Student Intern

The Center's U.S. Policy and Advocacy Program is looking for enthusiastic, resourceful and highly organized law student interns with a commitment to reproductive rights issues to assist with a variety of projects involving policy analysis and advocacy. This internship will focus primarily on federal policy but may also include opportunities to support the Center's state policy and domestic human rights advocacy work. Successful candidates will experience the day-to-day operations of a dynamic in-house policy team, including but not limited to legislative analysis and drafting, coalition advocacy, and translating legal and legislative language into persuasive policy documents.

The internship is full-time, from June 01, 2015 through August 07, 2015.  Interns are encouraged to seek outside funding for their internship. This internship is eligible for a small stipend if candidates are unable to secure outside funding.

The Center's summer internship program includes opportunities for lunches with experts in the field, social events, networking opportunities with other organizations, exposure to the Center's U.S. Legal and Global Legal initiatives, and other activities.

To learn more and apply, please visit: 

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