O'Neill Institute

O'Neill Institute Global Health Law LL.M. Update - April 2014

O'Neill Institute
O'Neill Institute
March 2014

Global Health Law LL.M. Update


O'Neill Institute

LL.M. Upcoming Events
Important Dates

Monday, July 14 – Friday, July 18
O’Neill Institute Summer Program - Emerging Issues in Food and Drug Law

Monday, July 21 – Friday, July 25
O’Neill Institute Summer Program - US Health Reform - The Affordable Care Act


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

O'Neill Institute Blog - Selected Recent Posts

A nutritionist named Coca-Cola
By: Aliza Glasner, O'Neill Institute Associate

Employer-Based Health Care – All Cons, No Pros
By: Brian Honermann, O'Neill Institute Associate

Planetary health, Lesson 2: What do March’s two transportation tragedies say about us?
By: Eric Friedman, O'Neill Institute Associate 

Planetary health, Lesson 1: What does evolving evidence on saturated fat say about the state of our species and our planet?
By: Eric Friedman, O'Neill Institute Associate

Georgetown Celebrates the Launch of Global Health Law Book with Distinguished Panel
By: Daniel Hougendobler, O'Neill Institute Fellow

The use of law as an instrument in prevention: A short report from the EU Summit on Chronic Diseases
By: , O'Neill Institute Fellow

Five Things About the Affordable Care Act Post Open Enrollment
By: Susan Kim, O'Neill Institute Deputy Director and Michael Templeman, O'Neill Institute Director, New Initiatives

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Good luck to all of our current Global Health Law LL.M. students on your exams and papers!  


We are delighted to present the Retrospective for the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University, Innovative Solutions for Complex Health Challenges: Our Past, Present, and Future.




O'Neill Institute 2014 Summer Programs

The O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University invites you to our 2014 Summer Programs. Now in our third year, we are excited to present two programs this summer: (1) Emerging Issues in Food and Drug Law and (2) US Health Reform – The Affordable Care Act.

The Summer Programs convene leading practitioners, policymakers, advocates and academics in food and drug law and US healthcare reform for a series of interactive lectures, panel discussions, and case studies. Held during consecutive weeks, July 14-18 (Emerging Issues in Food and Drug Law) and July 21-25 (US Health Reform – The Affordable Care Act), interested participants may attend one or both programs. Invited speakers include current and former officials from HHS, the FDA, the FTC, the EPA, as well as former U.S. Congressional staff involved in the adoption and implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

For more information please visit our website.


"Every one knows that exercise is good for your heart health, and the growing evidence shows that high intensity workouts are very effective and take less time. But it is less commonly known that even high intensity exercise won’t compensate for an otherwise sedentary lifestyle. That is why regular physical activity every day is so important. There are lots of ways to do this: walking (aim for 10,000 steps daily), use the stairs not elevator (both down and up), and try this— a standing desk. Studies show that among the worst things for our health is sitting down, whether at work or at home watching television. So, try standing more, including using a standing desk. I recently went to Stockholm and everyone at the Institute for Public Health was standing. And the Institute actually bought everyone a standing desk. (Not to mention the free ample fruit and veggie snacks for employees.) So stand up, walk, and get active!"

Professor Lawrence O. Gostin is the Faculty Director of the O'Neill Institute and holds the Founding O'Neill Chair in Global Health Law. For more information about Professor Gostin, please click here.


Professor Vladeck teaches federal courts, civil procedure, administrative law, and seminars in First Amendment litigation, and co-directs the Institute for Public Representation, a clinical law program. Professor Vladeck recently returned to the Law Center after serving for nearly four years as the Director of the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection. At the FTC, he supervised the Bureau's more than 430 lawyers, investigators, paralegals and support staff in carrying out the Bureau's work to protect consumers from unfair, deceptive or fraudulent practices. Before joining the Law Center faculty full-time in 2002, Professor Vladeck spent over 25 years with Public Citizen Litigation Group, a nationally-prominent public interest law firm, handling and supervising complex litigation. He has briefed and argued a number of cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and more than sixty cases before federal courts of appeal and state courts of law resort. He is a Senior Fellow of the Administrative Conference of the United States, an elected member of the American Law Institute, and a scholar with the Center for Progressive Reform. Professor Vladeck frequently testifies before Congress and writes on administrative law, preemption, First Amendment, and access to justice issues.


Daniel Hougendobler, J.D., M.P.H., LL.M., is a Law Fellow with the O’Neill Institute. He holds a Juris Doctor and Masters in Public Health from Emory University, where he served as Articles Editor for the Emory Law Journal, as well as a Master of Laws in Global Health Lawfrom Georgetown University. His research interests include health law and policy, trade and health, and the impact of the global governance system on access to medicines.

Prior to joining the O’Neill Institute, Daniel researched PEPFAR implementation in Rwanda, aided in an NGO's implementation of a clean water program in Haiti, and assisted the Medicines Patent Pool in its attempt to lower intellectual property barriers to HIV treatments.


Health Care Counsel for Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA)

Jim McDermott is a liberal Democrat from Seattle who is also a psychiatrist.  He was first elected to Congress in 1988.   Jim  currently serves as co-chair of the Kidney and Aids Caucuses, and is an ardent single-payer advocate.  Jim is also one of the nation’s most prominent supporters of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).   Jim is a senior member of the venerable Ways and Means Committee and the Ranking Member of the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee.  As a result, Jim comes into contact with just about every moving part of the ACA.

As a psychiatrist with the State Department stationed in Africa in the mid-80’s, he experienced the outbreak of the AIDS pandemic first-hand and possesses a unique expertise on global health issues as a result.  Jim served in the Navy and treated servicemen returning from Vietnam with PTSD - an issue that remains a top priority for him today, along with other mental health issues.  In short, health and health care issues are a passion of Jim’s.  We are looking for individuals who share his passion and commitment.

We are looking for a health care counsel who has had  experience in the health care industry and is knowledgeable about fraud and abuse issues.  In particular, practical experience with the Physician Self-Referral Law, the Anti-Kickback Statute, and the Civil Monetary Penalty law would be useful. This is not an entry level position.  Jim authored the Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol provision in the ACA and has been actively involved with overseeing CMS’s implementation of this provision, and has introduced several bills this session to eliminate fraud and abuse in the Medicare and Medicaid programs, including a bill that would require the creation of an exception under the Self-Referral Law to provide for gainsharing arrangements.   He expects to dig deeper into these issues as ACA implementation proceeds.  Other duties will include researching and drafting memos and legislation for the Congressman, oversight of federal agencies working to implement the ACA, such as CMS and OIG, briefing the Congressman for congressional hearings and meetings, and working with the  Committee and our district staff and constituents on local health care issues.

If interested in applying these openings, please send a cover letter (addressed to Diane Shust, Chief of Staff) and a resumé to the O’Neill Institute’s Manager of Finance & Administration, Phoebe Ramsey, at

An Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) policy fellowship opportunity is currently available in the Division of Policy and Assurances, Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP), within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Qualified persons who have earned a Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctorate degree in public health, public policy, law or science within the last five years are encouraged to apply for this opening. Experience in writing papers that address specific aspects of the protection of human subjects in biomedical and behavioral research is a plus.
The Research Participation program for HHS is administered by ORISE. The initial appointment is for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of OHRP contingent on the availability of funds and project needs.
The policy fellowship announcement (DHHS-OHRP-2014-0111) and how to apply can be found at:


Presidential Bioethics Commission Seeks Interns for Fall 2014

The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues advises the President on bioethical issues that emerge from advances in biomedicine and related areas of science and technology. The Bioethics Commission works with the goal of identifying and promoting policies and practices that ensure scientific research, health care delivery, and technological innovation are conducted in an ethically responsible manner.

The Bioethics Commission staff performs original, archival, and literature-based research, as well as policy analysis to inform the deliberations of the Bioethics Commission.

To fulfill our mission, we are seeking candidates for two types of internships. Candidates can apply for one (but not both) of the following types:

  1. An internship for credit through their academic institution; OR
  2. A paid internship.

Both types of interns must commit to at least 10 weeks of full-time work (40 hours per week) in person in the DC office.

We encourage applicants at various stages of their education, including undergraduates, graduate students in the biological, health, social sciences, or humanities, as well as those in professional schools or training programs including medicine, law, or public health. Candidates should have a demonstrated interest in bioethics, health, ethics, or public policy issues. Anticipated work will include research, writing, meeting preparation, and other projects as needed.

Applications will be accepted through close of business Friday, May 16 and applicants will be notified soon thereafter.

Interns seeking academic credit should plan to work with their schools to ensure receipt of academic credit.

Please specify in the cover letter and email subject line whether you are applying for the 1) Academic Credit, or 2) Paid Internship opportunity.

Please send cover letter, resume, writing sample(s), and references with contact information to:
Esther Yoo
Committee and Staff Affairs
Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues
1425 New York Avenue, NW C-100
Washington, DC 20005

Applications by email are preferred.

Pacific Bridge Medical (PBM)
is a consulting company located in Bethesda, MD that is focused on helping medical companies succeed in the Asian medical markets.

PBM has several great job openings and is looking to hire several very ambitious people that want to learn and grow a lot at a consulting company focused on Asia. Ideal candidates would be interested in Asia and/or medical consulting. The job titles are:
  • Asia Business Associate
  • Asia Business Consulting Associate
  • Asia Business Writer/Research Executive
For more information please email No phone calls please.

Please see the website at to learn more.

32nd Graduate Summer Institute of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

June 16 - July 3, 2014 Baltimore, MD

Online Registration Now Open!
The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Graduate Summer Institute of Epidemiology and Biostatistics offers short, intensive courses in epidemiology and biostatistics intended to develop an understanding of the principles, methodologic strategies and practical aspects of epidemiological research.
  • Create your own program of study
  • Choose from more than 40 courses
  • One, two or three-week courses, one day workshops, and online courses
  • Register for academic credit or professional development

For more information, please contact: Ayesha Khan, Coordinator, Dept of Epidemiology, Tel: 410-955-7158; Fax: 443-287-8757; Email:

Summer Interns Program
Program Dates: May 27 – August 1, 2014
PROGRAM INFORMATION: For program inquiries please contact
Summer internship opportunities are currently available in the Health Law & Policy Clinic at the Center for Health Law & Policy Innovation (CHLPI) of Harvard Law School.
Use your 1L or 2L summer to get the best experience you’ll have in law school (according to our alumni!) at the crown jewel of Harvard Law School clinical offerings, and get to know Boston better exploring the neighborhood gems within easy reach of the Center for Health Law & Policy Innovation (CHLPI) in Jamaica Plain.  Spending the summer with us is the best way to guarantee you’ll have this experience, since semester based clinical placements are usually over-enrolled.
Although primarily open to law school students, CHLPI’s summer program also has a limited number of positions open to candidates in other, but related, disciplines. These positions focus heavily on policy research and analysis, and involve writing technical and non-technical legislative and regulatory summaries as well as providing technical assistance to states and community-based organizations regarding healthcare reform, Medicaid programming, and new strategies to increase access to care for underserved populations.
Students interested in being a summer intern at the Center must commit to work 35-40 hours per week for the duration of the program.
HOW TO APPLY: The 2014 summer program runs from Tuesday, May 27th to Friday, August 1st for a minimum of 35-40 hours per week. Application is by email including cover letter and resume to
Applications will be received and reviewed on a rolling basis until opportunities are filled.
Summer interns are unpaid but eligible for all public interest fellowships including SPIF and EJA.
More Information about the Center for Health Law & Policy Innovation: The Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School (CHLPI) advocates for legal, regulatory, and policy reforms to improve the health of underserved populations, with a focus on the needs of low-income people living with chronic illnesses and disabilities. CHLPI works with consumers, advocates, community-based organizations, health and social services professionals, food providers and producers, government officials, and others to expand access to high-quality healthcare and nutritious, affordable food; to reduce health disparities; to develop community advocacy capacity; and to promote more equitable and effective healthcare and food systems. CHLPI is a clinical teaching program of Harvard Law School and mentors students to become skilled, innovative, and thoughtful practitioners as well as leaders in health, public health, and food law and policy.


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