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

O'Neill Institute
O'Neill Institute
May 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
Information on Pre-Registration for 2014-2015
Global Health Law LL.M. Course Guides
Georgetown Law Student Handbook

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By: O'Neill Institute Director of New Initiatives

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By: Aliza Glasner, O'Neill Institute Associate

High Time for International Drug Policy Reform
By: , O'Neill Institute LL.M. Program Director

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By: , O'Neill Institute Fellow

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Congratulations to the Class of 2014!  
Best wishes for all of your future endeavors and we hope you have  a relaxing and healthy summer. Please keep in touch with us by joining the O'Neill Institute students and alumni group on LinkedIn.

Many of you have asked how the institute can help facilitate greater networking between students and alumni, particularly as it relates to career opportunities. We hope this virtual private forum will become one of the simplest means to stay in touch and expand your own network as the program grows and participation increases.

To that end, if you know of alumni who are on LinkedIn and not yet part of the group, please let them know about this space and kindly ask them to request to join.

Global Health Law LL.M. End of Year Survey
We value your feedback on the Global Health Law LL.M. Program.  Please don't forget to complete our end of year survey and claim your O'Neill Institute graduation gift from Caroline Gould (

Join us this summer for our film series and workshop!
For more information please email Dan Hougendobler at

Goodbye for Now!
Our monthly newsletter will resume in the fall. Have a wonderful summer and we look forward to the coming school year.


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.


We would like to welcome the newest member of the institute Michael Templeman!

Mike is the Director of New Initiatives at the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law. He completed his Executive MBA at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business and holds an undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Marietta College in Ohio. While an undergraduate student, Michael completed a semester abroad in Mumbai, India.

Prior to joining the O'Neill Institute, Michael served as Director of MBA Admissions at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business and helped launch the now nationally-recognized MBA Evening Program for the University. Michael also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malawi, East Africa, where he worked on Community Health and HIV/AIDs initiatives.

Do you have ideas about the LL.M. program? Thoughts about our future or comments about our past? Mike wants to hear from you! Send him an email at and let us know what you think.


Center for Economic and Social Rights - Director, Human Rights in Development Program

The Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR) is an international NGO based in New York which works to promote economic and social justice through the realization of all human rights.  CESR undertakes rigorous, interdisciplinary research on economic and social rights issues across the globe, and advocates for reforms to socio-economic and development policy to bring these in line with human rights standards. CESR also develops innovative methods for monitoring and claiming economic and social rights, building civil society capacity to hold governments and others accountable for deprivations through a range of mechanisms at the global and national levels.  Much of CESR's work is carried out in collaboration with national partners, as well as with relevant regional and international organizations.

CESR is seeking an experienced and qualified candidate to direct its Human Rights in Development program. Despite greater recognition of the linkages between development and human rights over the last two decades, ensuring that development processes respect and promote the full range of human rights remains a persistent challenge. In many cases, policies pursued in the name of development have fuelled deprivation, environmental degradation and growing inequality. CESR's program aims to promote human rights-centered alternatives through strategic interventions at the international and national levels.

In the global policy arena, CESR is advocating for a new and transformative sustainable development paradigm anchored in human rights to succeed the Millennium Development Goals in 2015. It is also working in selected national contexts to monitor socio-economic, development and fiscal policies through a human rights lens, and to hold governments, corporations and other relevant actors accountable where these result in economic and social rights deprivations. Given the opportunities and threats that situations of democratic and post-conflict transition pose for economic and social rights, CESR is working with partners in several countries in transition to ensure these rights are safeguarded in development and reconstruction policies. 

The successful candidate will take the lead in designing the strategy for this program area over the coming period, managing specific projects to implement the strategy and working with CESR staff, consultants, fellows and external partners towards the fulfillment of its objectives.  This position reports to the Deputy Executive Director and works closely with the directors of CESR's other program areas (Human Rights in Economic Policy and Monitoring and Accountability).
Responsibilities of the position
The overall role of the Director of the Human Rights in Development Program is to lead the design, management and implementation of research and advocacy strategies to promote human rights-centered development processes at the global level and in selected national contexts, including situations of economic and political transition, in line with CESR’s mission and the Program's strategic objectives. Specific responsibilities for this position include:

Strategy development: Devising and implementing effective research and advocacy strategy plans for the Human Rights in Development program, in consultation with civil society partners and other stakeholders, aimed at promoting human rights-centered development policy and practice, and holding governments, corporations and other relevant actors accountable for denials of economic and social rights in the development context.

Project management: Managing and overseeing complex research and advocacy projects within the designated program area, undertaking project management approaches to ensure that projects are well conceived and implemented, that timeframes are adequate and that outputs are produced to deadline; and contributing to effective monitoring and reporting on programs and projects within areas of responsibility.

Research: Undertaking qualitative and quantitative field and desk-based research on issues of relevance to the Human Rights in Development Program, using inter-disciplinary methods to analyze and document economic and social rights concerns and policy trends affecting them.

Writing reports and advocacy materials: Producing high quality and compelling reports on selected countries and themes, as well as other research, advocacy and training materials, meeting standards of quality, accuracy, impartiality and timeliness.

Tool development: Contributing to the development of effective and innovative tools and methodologies for economic and social rights research and advocacy worldwide.

Training and skills-sharing: Undertaking training and capacity-building activities internally and externally on economic and social rights issues and research/advocacy methods in areas of relevance to the program.

Supervision and quality control: Supervising the work of other program staff, fellows, interns and external consultants assigned to the program area, providing guidance and feedback to ensure their work is delivered to the required standard.  Exercising due diligence to ensure that processes of production, review and approval of publications and other outputs are followed.

Other: Representing CESR at public events, including UN development-related meetings, conferences and other relevant engagements. Undertake special projects as assigned by the Deputy Executive Director.

Individual qualifications
The ideal candidate will have:

  • A master’s degree or higher in international human rights law, development economics, political science or a related field;
  • Over five years of relevant practical experience in international human rights or a related field, including project management, research, policy analysis and international advocacy. Experience of working in countries in transition is highly desirable. Solid grasp of international human rights law, particularly of economic and social rights; strong understanding of the interrelation between human rights and development in theory and practice;
  • Capacity for clear strategic thinking, proven ability to develop effective advocacy strategies and envision their impact;
  • Experience carrying out policy advocacy in global, regional and/or national settings;
  • Strong skills in carrying out innovative and interdisciplinary research and policy analysis;
  • A substantive body of written work demonstrating experience in producing timely and effective research, policy and advocacy documents on complex global issues;
  • Demonstrated capacity to oversee and edit research and advocacy materials to ensure they are rigorous and compelling, meet the required standards of quality and are targeted at the relevant audiences;
  • Excellent political judgment and sensitivity to the need to protect the independence and integrity of CESR's work;
  • Substantive experience of working with allies and partners across various civil society sectors such as development and human rights advocates, academics, policy makers, UN agencies and others;
  • Several years of experience in project management in the non-profit or similar sector; capacity to plan, prioritize and organize multiple and competing tasks within the constraints of a small organization with limited staff;
  • Demonstrated ability and interest to work effectively as part of an interdisciplinary and diverse team, and to inspire and motivate colleagues and staff under her/his supervision;
  • Excellent written and spoken English. Knowledge of Spanish, Arabic, French or another major language would be highly valued.

Location, salary, benefits
This position is based in CESR’s office in New York. The Director of the Human Rights in Development program will also be required to travel to undertake field research, and attend other work-related meetings and events worldwide.
CESR offers a competitive salary and benefits package, commensurate with experience and in line with best practice in the sector and CESR’s internal equity standards.
CESR is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and non-discrimination in the workplace and in its hiring practices.  It actively seeks to strengthen the diversity of backgrounds and approaches in its team. Candidates from under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.

How to apply
To apply, please send a cover letter, a CV, an original writing sample in English and the names and contact information of two references to   Applications should be received no later than 5pm (EDT) on 16 June 2014.

Because of the anticipated volume of applications, we regret that we are unable to answer individual queries in relation to posts or on the progress of individual applications. Only complete applications received by the deadline will be reviewed, and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Please write “Director, Human Rights in Development” in the subject line.

The deadline for applications is 16 June 2014. For more details on the position and how to apply, please visit CESR's website here.


Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc. - Policy Advocate

PURPOSE OF POSITION: The Policy Advocate position is designed to provide legal and health policy analysis, education and support in the public interest. The Policy Advocate will, among other things, engage in writing, analysis and legislative and administrative advocacy in support of access to quality health care, due process protections, and the Center's Third Party Liability work. In addition, the Policy Advocate will serve as the Center's primary advocate and liaison to other entities engaged in health policy advocacy on behalf of low-income Medicare beneficiaries, including persons dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid, and persons in need of long term services and supports.


  1. Lead the Center's legislative and administrative advocacy efforts in support of the rights and needs of those dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for low-income people with long-term chronic conditions who need long term services and supports.
  2. Assist with the Center's policy analysis and communication efforts regarding health care and Medicare reform policies and initiatives that affect lower income older adults and people with disabilities.
  3. Stay abreast of changes in Medicare, Medicaid and the broader health care landscape affecting low-income populations, including ACA implementation.
  4. Keep advocates in the Center's offices informed of developments affecting persons dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid, the coordination of Medicare and Medicaid benefits.
  5. Assist the Director of Litigation as needed on federal litigation.
  6. Assist with the Center's publications, training, consulting, writing, and community education work.

QUALIFICATIONS: Law Degree, Masters in Public Health, or equivalent degree required. At least five years experience is preferred. Preference will be given to candidates with prior experience in health policy and/or in representing older adults and persons with disabilities. In addition, the successful candidate must have a passion for social justice and excellent oral and written advocacy skills.

How to apply
Send resume, three references and writing sample to:

Advocates for Youth - Program Coordinator, Health and Social Equity

Advocates' Program Coordinator for Health and Social Equity will oversee a Young Women of Color Leadership Council and National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD). The Program Coordinator will also support Advocates' School Health Equity project, providing technical assistance on exemplary sexual health education to state education agencies. Activities include: collecting information; developing resources; recruiting, training, and supervising council members and youth ambassadors; assisting with the development and implementation of council and ambassador action plans; providing technical assistance and training to youth leaders and youth-serving professionals; and conducting workshops and presentations to national, state, and local audiences. Responsibilities include:

  • Develop and maintain Advocates' Young Women of Color Leadership Council.
  • Recruit, train, supervise, and serve as a resource for Young Women of Color Leadership Council members.
  • Assist Young Women of Color Leadership Council members with group and individual action plans that may include: implementing awareness day events, campaigns, workshops, and presentations; participating in decision-making bodies; and educating policy makers.
  • Develop and maintain National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day in collaboration with national and community partners.
  • Recruit and serve as a resource for NYHAAD youth ambassadors.
  • Assist program staff to design, tailor, coordinate and conduct in-person and online technical assistance and training for partners.
  • Respond to oral and written requests for information about adolescent reproductive and sexual health issues, including sexual health education, sexual health policy, and HIV/STI prevention.
  • Research, draft, and disseminate materials, including training modules, fact sheets, issue briefs, and an electronic newsletter.
  • Develop and maintain a partner database.
  • Coordinate informational mailings.
  • Maintain a project listserv.
  • Work with program staff to develop work plans, timelines, and activities designed to achieve program goals.
  • Work with program staff to conduct monitoring and evaluation, tracking program deliverables using both qualitative and quantitative evaluation methods
  • Develop working relationships with national, state, and local reproductive and sexual health organizations, youth-serving organizations, and community-based organizations.
  • Cultivate new contacts and linkages to further Advocates' mission and expand program effectiveness.
  • Represent Advocates on working groups, committees, and/or coalitions, as needed.
  • Attend conferences and prepare and conduct roundtables, workshops and presentations on the national, state and local level, as needed.
  • Participate in overall organizational strategic and operational planning.
  • Assist with the preparation of fundraising proposals and foundation and government reports.
  • Other tasks as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS: This position requires a Bachelor's Degree with a minimum of two years of programmatic experience in at least one of the following issues: adolescent reproductive and sexual health; reproductive justice; HIV/STI prevention; family planning; peer education; advocacy; and organizing. A strong interest in reproductive and sexual health with young women of color. A successful candidate will have: demonstrated experience working collaboratively with youth leaders, national organizations, community-based organizations, and youth-service organizations, particularly those serving communities of color; demonstrated technical skills in the provision of technical assistance and training; excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication, organizational, and management skills; ability to contribute to a positive team environment and be a team player; ability to balance multiple projects at once; and ability to travel. Qualified candidates should be committed to Advocates for Youth's mission and goals.

How to apply

Please send cover letter, resume, two writing samples, and three references by June 18, 2014 to Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. No telephone calls or email inquiries, please.

The Network for Public Health Law - Staff Attorney Position

The Network is seeking a staff attorney to join its Northern Region office in St. Paul, MN. This position provides technical assistance on specific issues of public health law, conducts training, develops legal resources and educational materials, and facilitates opportunities for networking and peer assistance. The attorney will work broadly in public health law, and be expected to develop expertise in specific topics. 

More on the staff attorney position and how to apply.

Seed Global Health and Peace Corps Now Accepting Applications for Global Health Service Partnership Volunteers for 2015

Seed Global Health announces the opening today of the 2015 Global Health Service Partnership application cycle. Global Health Service Partnership, a joint initiative among Seed Global Health, the Peace Corps, and PEPFAR, will accept applications from physicians and nurses interested in serving as clinical educators in Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda starting the summer of 2015. Participants serve one-year assignments as Peace Corps Response volunteers serving in medical and nursing schools working alongside local faculty to help expand the base of physician and nursing educators in countries that face critical shortages of health care providers.

GHSP volunteers will receive monthly living stipends, transportation to and from their country of service, and other benefits. In addition, to ensure that financial constraints do not prevent the most skilled applicants from service, Seed Global Health provides stipends of up to $30,000 (Seed Global Health Debt Repayment). To learn more about the qualifications for physician and nurse applicants, please click here: Physician Applicants & Nurse Applicants.

The application cycle will be open from May 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014. To find out more about applying to the Global Health Service Partnership, please click here.


Groningen University Faculty of Law - PhD position International Health Law

The Faculty of Law is a modern, internationally oriented institution with a four-hundred-year-long tradition. The Faculty of Law has over 3,600 students and almost 400 staff members and is thus one of the largest faculties of the University of Groningen. Its effective quality-control system ensures continuous improvement in the quality of teaching and research.

Department of International and Constitutional Law
The PhD candidate will be based at the Department of International and Constitutional Law of the Faculty of Law.

Job description

International health law is quickly developing into a branch of international law. There is a need for creating coherency among the existing standards so as to improve the implementation by all the stakeholders in the health field and to more effectively address the growing health inequalities within and between nations. The department's international health law programme focuses on the following topics:

  • international health law as an emerging field of public international law
  • health security threats, including emerging infectious diseases; armed conflicts and other man-made disasters; as well as environmental health problems, including the medical impact of climate change
  • the widening global and national health inequalities, and in relation to this the lack of universal access to basic health services, including family planning services; and the global increase in non-communicable diseases.

The researcher is also expected to make a contribution to our research into how international standards in the field of health, in particular human rights and equity standards, can best be applied at a domestic level (Right to Health Initiative - University of Groningen).

The language of this research project is English.


The ideal candidate:

  • has an advanced degree in law (preferably a master degree) with a specialization in public international law and human rights law
  • has an excellent command of the English language
  • is interested in conducting academic research in an international environment
  • has excellent writing skills
  • has good analytical and communication skills.
Conditions of employment

The University of Groningen is offering a salary of at least € 2,083 gross per month in the first year up to a maximum of € 2,664 (salary scale Dutch Universities) gross per month in the last year for a full-time position. The position is a temporary one for a period of 4 years and should be rounded off with an individual thesis. The appointment is conditional for a period of 12 months. If suitability is established on the basis of an assessment, the appointment will be confirmed for the remaining period. An average of 10% of the appointment time will be spent on the organisation of research activities of the Groningen Centre for Law and Governance and the editing of academic publications in the English language.

The PhD student will participate in the Faculty training programme for PhD students and will draw up a personal training and supervision plan.

The Faculty offers the opportunity to attend international conferences and to participate in workshops and seminars.

The Department of International Law, where the PhD student will be based, is a Member of the Netherlands School of Human Rights Research.

Starting date: academic year of 2014/2015.

You may apply for this position before 01.08.2014 Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

Interested applicants should submit:

  • a curriculum vitae and a list of marks or results from your first degree
  • a research proposal (with a maximum of 5 pages) in connection with (a sub-topic in the field of) international health law (see above).

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview. The interviews will be held in September 2014.

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.


For information you can contact:

Dr. Brigit Toebes, +31 50 3635676,



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