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O'Neill Institute Global Health Law LL.M. Update - April 2016

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April 2016

Global Health Law LL.M. Update


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Dear Students,

You are almost there! As you enter finals, don’t lose sight of how far you have come. You have had the opportunity to learn from so many experts in the field of health law and beyond, as well as from each other. It is a time to show your professors and yourself how much you have learned and progressed over these past eight months. Yes, it will take one last big push, but soon you will be worrying about getting to graduation on time.

Best of luck in finishing your semester. You’ll do great!



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On April 21st my father celebrated his 100th birthday. In his speech (yes he gave a long speech without notes on his 100th birthday), he said, “Many people have asked about the secret to a long life. In truth, there is no secret, I just lived.” 

At the end of the speech, he attributed his long life to something simple but so important. It was not sweaty exercise (he never did it), or sports (he played a bit of handball against a concrete wall in New York City, that is all), or even good nutritious food (he and I eat chocolate cream pies and malted milks). All these things are indeed important. But for him, it was the simple act of walking. On his exact 100th birthday he walked three miles, in the local Queens park and visited some new neighborhoods as well. On the way home he stopped by the supermarket to pick up a few things, and the New York Times, which he devoured when he got home. And he wrote a letter to the NY Daily News about the virtues of walking over the scenic bridges in Manhattan.  

Yes, walking is the secret to a good life. We need other things for sure: good nutrition, cardiovascular exercise, strength training, sleep… But walking, being present with nature, the trees, flowers, animal life. Yes, walking and being vibrant and alive go hand and hand. I should have mentioned that on his 90th birthday he biked 20 miles through the park, nice and slow. He can’t ride a bike now, can’t run or swim. But he can walk!   

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Eze Eluchie is the Representative of Sub Sahara Africa on the Civil Society Task Force on the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the Worlds Drug Problems (CSTF-UNGASS 2016). The CSTF is the officially designated interface to coordinate civil society participation in the processes geared towards reappraising global drug control policies, particularly the efficacy or otherwise of the 3 principal international drug control conventions.

In his role as Representative for Sub Sahara Africa on the CSTF-UNGASS, Mr. Eluchie is charged with undertaking Regional Consultations across Sub Sahara Africa aimed at garnering the views of civil society organizations and other relevant stakeholders in the substance abuse sector across the African continent, encouraging countries in the continent to take cognizance of CSO and grassroots opinion as they proceed to UNGASS 2016 and the follow-up global political declarations drug problems scheduled for 2019. In the build-up to UNGASS 2016, which held in the United Nations Headquarters in New York, USA, Mr. Eluchie undertook Regional Consultations in the following countries: Ghana, Senegal, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Nigeria, thereafter presenting outcomes of the Regional Consultations at the 59th Meeting of the Commission for Narcotic Drugs (CND) held in Vienna, Austria, and also participated in the UNGASS sessions itself at the UN Hq from the 19th – 21st April 2016.

Preventing the initiation of drug use, prioritization of health concerns over punishment for drug abuse and maintaining the existing international drug conventions with sufficient latitude for sovereign States to domesticate the Conventions to suit domestic peculiarities which formed the highlight of the Sub Sahara Africa Regional Consultations also formed the main thrust of the Outcome Document of UNGASS 2016.

In addition to his role as Representative for Sub Sahara Africa on the CSTF-UNGASS, Mr. Eluchie who obtained his Global Health LLM from Georgetown University in May 2013, and had undertaken Certificate Courses in Epidemiology and Biostatistics (Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD), Health and Human Rights (Harvard University, Boston, MA) and other training courses on Health and Human Rights, is also the Executive Director of People Against Drug Dependence and Ignorance (PADDI Foundation), Director of the African Center for Health Law and Development (ACHLD) and a Board Member of the World Federation Against Drugs (WFAD).


Katie Keith is an attorney in Washington, DC where she advises nonprofit and foundation clients on health care issues with an emphasis on the Affordable Care Act's impact on underserved populations. Current projects include serving as a steering committee member of Out2Enroll, a national initiative dedicated to connecting LGBT people with new health insurance options, and providing legal and technical support to the consumer representatives to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. 
Katie most recently served as the Director of Research at Trimpa Group, a politically progressive consulting firm where she provided clients with strategic advice on health care issues. Prior to that, she served as a research professor at Georgetown University's Center on Health Insurance Reforms where she specialized in state and federal implementation of the Affordable Care Act. As a faculty member at Georgetown, Katie authored reports and advised partners on topics such as state implementation of the new insurance market rules, health insurance marketplaces, enforcement, access to preventive care, and nondiscrimination. 
Katie's research and analysis has been featured in a variety of state and national media outlets, and she has spoken at forums that include the American Bar Association, the American Cancer Society, the American Public Health Association, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, and The White House. Katie graduated cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center where she earned her J.D. and holds a Master's in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University.


On April 21, our students had the utmost pleasure of meeting and engaging with Mark Heywood, Executive Director of the renowned South African human rights organization SECTION27. He inspired all of us as he recounted the important work that organizations like SECTION27 and Treatment Action Campaign have been doing to promote health in South Africa through the use of human rights.


On April 20, the LL.M. Program hosted a Student and Alumni Happy Hour at Alba Osteria.It was great to see familiar faces and celebrate spring. 



This month, Ana Ayala, Global Health Law LL.M. Program Director, and Fernanda Alonso, Institute Associate, visited Mexico City and Puebla this month in an effort to further promote the program and grow collaboration with Mexican universities and other important institutions, including UNAM, UDLAP, and ITAM.


On April 14, Fernanda Alonso presents before UDLAP students on the regulation of Marijuana in the United States.



Ann Parks
As an older LL.M. student who earned a J.D. in the 1990s and then pursued a nontraditional career path, my LL.M. experience at Georgetown was an exhilarating, rewarding, always challenging, and sometimes humbling way to reconnect with a considerably changed legal landscape. So many classes that are offered now — such as Global Health Law, International Human Rights and Advocacy of Children and Adults with Disabilities, Health Care Fraud and Abuse, and Intellectual Property in World Trade — just didn’t exist when I was a J.D. student in the 1990s, in part because the globalization, laws, and treaties that we know today didn’t exist then. I came to law school (at another school) in the first place to learn international law, so to be able to come to Georgetown years later and choose from the staggering range of courses that are offered here was an amazing opportunity. The O’Neill Institute’s practicum on Health and Human Rights was an invaluable part of this experience; in fact, our team’s project on tobacco control and human rights helped to generate a hearing before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on April 5. I couldn’t have been happier with the Global Health Law LL.M.     

Estefania Palomino

My LL.M experience has been fascinating. Taking classes with the most prominent legal practitioners in the global heath field has been certainly a once in a lifetime opportunity. I have also been able to engage in high profile projects during the O'Neill practicum class which has allowed me to participate in a real-life project drafting shadow reports and assisting an amazing civil society organization. 

Juliana Nantaba

The LL.M experience has exceeded my expectations and pushed me to set higher goals for my career in global health. I have acquired knowledge from the mind stimulating classroom discussions, great guidance from the much needed mentorship program and skills from the O'Neill scholars workshop. Having the opportunity to meet and interact with individuals that have made outstanding contribution to global health law has also been very inspiring.


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