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

O'Neill Institute
O'Neill Institute
December 2013

Global Health Law LL.M. Update


O'Neill Institute

LL.M. Upcoming Events
Important Dates

Tuesday, December 17, 2013, 9:30am-5:00pm
EBW 364, Institutes Suite
Holiday Open House Study Break

Monday, January 6, 2014
Week One Classes Begin

Monday, January 13, 2014
Regular Semester-Long Classes Begin

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Add/Drop Period Ends


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

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Season's Greetings from the O'Neill Institute to all of our Global Health Law LL.M. students and alumni!  Best of luck with exams to the class of 2013/14.


"Do you get enough physical activity? Remember to walk, climb the stairs, bicycle, dance, or whatever makes you fit and active. Next month, I will tell you about the goals of physical exercise (the more intense form of activity, with its three elements)."

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.


Jayashree Watal is Counsellor in the Intellectual Property Division of the World Trade Organization from February 2001, where she has dealt with negotiations on TRIPS and public health. Professor Watal teaches International Trade, IP Rights and Public Health at Georgetown Law.  She has more than twenty two years of experience in government in India, of which ten years was devoted to policy, diplomacy, research and administration on intellectual property rights, including representing India in the TRIPS negotiations. She has researched and published on issues related to intellectual property rights, including a book Intellectual Property Rights in the WTO and Developing Countries (Oxford University Press, India and Kluwer Law International, 2001). She was a Visiting Scholar at the Center for International Development at Harvard University (2000) and at the Institute for International Economics, Washington DC (Oct. 1998-August 2000) and at the George Washington University Law School, Washington, D.C. (1997- 2000). She worked in the Government of India, Ministry of Commerce as Director, Trade Policy Division, New Delhi (1995-1998). She has a post-master's degree in trade law (DESS) from the University of Paris-V; M.A. in Economics from Gokhale Institute for Politics and Economics, Pune, India; and a B.A. from Fergusson College, Pune, India.

For more information about Professor Watal, please click here. 


Michelle Ratpan (Global Health Law LL.M. '10 ) graduated from the Global Health Law and International Institutions LL.M. She currently works as a Litigation Specialist for the Special Litigation Unit in the World Bank’s Integrity Vice Presidency (INT).  In this capacity, Michelle works as an attorney with several teams of investigators examining allegations of corruption, fraud, collusion, obstruction and/or coercion and bringing these matters before a Sanctions Board within the World Bank.  Michelle’s work includes investigations in several regions of the world including the Middle East and North Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia and South Asia Regions.  Michelle has traveled to Russia, Serbia, Moldova, France, Denmark, India and Bangladesh as part of INT’s investigations.
Prior to joining INT, Michelle worked for the Department of Justice (Canada) acting as Counsel on behalf of the Attorney General of Canada.  Over the course of her five years with the Department of Justice, Michelle’s practice included litigation in civil, administrative, constitutional and criminal law.  Michelle led complex litigation files and argued cases before the Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal.  As part of larger litigation teams, she acted as Counsel on several cases heard before the Supreme Court of Canada.   Michelle is a graduate of McGill University’s Faculty of Law in Montreal, Canada where she focused her studies on criminal and international criminal law.



The 3rd Annual Health Law Regulatory & Compliance Competition, is being held on Saturday, February 8, 2014, from approximately 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law in Baltimore, MD.  There is no cost to enter the competition, however, teams must cover expenses associated with travel and lodging. Breakfast and lunch, along with light refreshments will be served the day of the competition.  This year’s Competition will focus on several interactions among various healthcare stakeholders, including hospitals, assisted living facilities, drug and device manufacturers, and clinical laboratories.

About the Competition
The Health Law Regulatory & Compliance Competition is a unique and innovative competition that challenges students to navigate through the complex regulatory landscape of healthcare law, including compliance with healthcare regulations and FDA law. The Competition requires teams of 3 students to analyze a hypothetical fact pattern involving various interactions between health care stakeholders and entities participating in several health care activities that necessitate regulatory and compliance oversight.  The fact pattern will be given to teams the day of the completion, and students will have approximately 1.5 hours to analyze the problem. Teams will then present their findings and recommendations to a panel of practicing regulatory and compliance attorneys.  The winner will be announced at the Competition during a commencement luncheon.  This year’s problem will address several areas, including but not limited to:
  • Compliance with NIH and FDA clinical and ethical research issues
  • Electronic health records, HIPAA and HITECH issues
  • Antitrust issues
  • FDA regulatory requirements for drugs and/or medical devices
  • Healthcare fraud issues, including kickbacks, Stark, exclusion, and false claims

An Intent to Compete Form, is due by 5 p.m. on Friday, December 22, 2013. Please email forms to Sean Gugerty, at MarylandCareyHealthCompetition@gmail.com.  If you would like more information about the Competition or have any additional questions, please email Sean Gugerty or Virginia Rowthorn, Managing Director, Law & Health Care Program.

Fogarty Int'l Center's Global Health Program for Fellows and Scholars: Now Accepting Applications


The Global Health Program for Fellows and Scholars, a program offered by the Fogarty International Center (FIC) at the National Institutes of Health, is a unique fellowship opportunity for post-doctoral Fellows and doctoral Scholars to receive supportive mentorship, while engaging in various Global Health research disciplines in many different locations around the world.


Trainees for the 2014 fellowship year will be selected by one of five Support Centers (funded in part by the FIC through competitive grants). Please visit each of the Support Center websites for application materials, eligibility criteria, program areas and additional information.


Global Health Corps: 2014-15 Fellowship NOW OPEN

GHC is looking for driven, passionate, young leaders with diverse skill sets and experiences to join the movement for health equity. One-year paid fellowship positions are available with high impact NGOs and government organizations in East Africa, Southern Africa and the US. Applicants can apply for up to 3 positions that match their interests and skills, from project management to monitoring and evaluation, engineering, communications and more. We are looking for people from a broad range of sectors and disciplines.

Applications close January 26, 2014

Apply Here
Policy Fellowship at the OSU Center of Excellence in Regulatory Tobacco Science

The Ohio State University Center of Excellence in Regulatory Tobacco Science (OSU-CERTS) invites applications from individuals interested in obtaining a post-graduate research fellowship in tobacco regulatory policy.  OSU-CERTS, located in Columbus, is one of 14 Tobacco Centers of Regulatory Science (TCORS) established by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The 14 Centers conduct research needed to ensure that U.S. tobacco regulatory actions are based on sound and relevant scientific evidence.
The 2-3 year training program is geared towards participants interested in an academic research career.  The program will include: 1) a specialized curriculum, 2) mentored research, and 3) development of a grant proposal. The fellow will have the option of focusing his or her coursework and experiences toward a master’s degree.
The fellow will gain research experience by working on OSU-CERTS research projects and exploring the legal and policy implications of the scientific research conducted by OSU-CERTS.  Among other topics, our research will explore the impact of advertising and marketing, patterns of smokeless tobacco and dual/multi product use, and factors influencing tobacco-related decision-making.
The fellow will participate in a broader fellowship program that will include trainees focused on tobacco regulatory research in the areas of behavioral health, epidemiology, psychology, and biostatistics.

Program Eligibility

We are looking for and individuals with a JD, PhD, or equivalent, preferably with research training in public health, public policy, or other population sciences.  A generous stipend, tuition, health insurance, research support, and travel to scientific meetings are provided. Prior relevant research and a strong commitment to a research program in tobacco regulatory science are desirable. The OSU-CERTS values diversity and especially encourages applications from individuals from Appalachia, women, and underrepresented ethnic and minority groups. Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Applications are being accepted now and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. A position could begin as early as January 1, 2014. Applications should include the following: 1) All graduate or professional school transcripts; 2) A statement of research interests and goals to be accomplished through the training period; 3) Curriculum vitae; and 4) Three letters of recommendation (including one from a professor with direct knowledge of the applicant’s prior research).
Applications should be sent to:             
Amy Ferketich, PhD                                                     
Co-Director of OSU-CERTS Training Core                      
Division of Epidemiology                                             
The Ohio State University College of Public Health         
1841 Neil Avenue                                                          
Columbus, OH 43210                                                    
For more information contact:
Micah Berman, JD
Co-Director of the OSU-CERTS Training Core
Division of Health Services Management & Policy
The Ohio State University College of Public Health
1841 Neil Avenue                      
Columbus, OH 43210

More information on the TCORS program can be found at: http://prevention.nih.gov/tobacco/tcors.aspx
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 janderson@populationconnection.org. 
Contractor/intern – Deloitte Center for Health Solutions
Deloitte, one of the nation's leading professional services firms, provides audit, tax, financial advisory services and consulting through nearly 30,000 people in more than 90 U.S. cities. Known as an employer of choice for innovative human resources programs, Deloitte is dedicated to helping its clients and its people excel.  "Deloitte" refers to the associated partnerships of Deloitte LLP and affiliated entities. Deloitte is the U.S. member firm of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu.  For more information, please visit Deloitte's web site at www.deloitte.com/us.
The Deloitte Center for Health Solutions (“the Center”) is the health services research arm of Deloitte LLP. The Center’s goal is to inform all stakeholders in the health care system about emerging trends, challenges, and opportunities using rigorous primary research and systematic review of previously published studies. Through research, roundtables, and other forms of engagement, the Center seeks to be a trusted source for relevant, timely and reliable insights. Please visit www.deloitte.com/centerforhealthsolutions for more information.
The Intern role is responsible for providing general support to the Center for Health Solutions team, including but not limited to the following:

  • Assist Policy team with research and analysis of current health care news, policy, and regulatory matters
  • Conduct basic landscape scans for research topics under consideration
  • Liaise with Research team to update research status dashboards
  • Support research development by creating charts and graphs to display data in helpful ways
  • Proofread research documents for errors
  • Assist with tracking events and meetings to determine ROI
  • Contribute to various social networking and marketing efforts
  • Develop presentation materials and background documents for client meetings and presentations
  • Must demonstrate excellent attention to detail;
  • Bachelor's degree required or currently in school;
  • Ideally will exhibit desire to contribute to ongoing team effort, and a willingness to pitch in as needed;
  • Superior communications skills, both written and oral;
  • Comfortable taking complex health care and health policy subject matter and condensing into manageable updates for use by policy and research experts
  • Ability to get along with a diverse group of professionals in a highly dynamic atmosphere;
  • Computer literate; Excel and PowerPoint experience a must, and Access and SAS are highly desired;
  • Flexibility and adaptability required.

Please send your resume and a short writing sample to Claire Boozer (cboozer@deloitte.com) if interested.

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