O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law Colloquium:
Asylum Seeker & Refugee Health, Law & Policy
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
1:20 – 3:20 p.m.
Georgetown University Law Center
Faculty Dining Room, Hotung Room 2001
550 First Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
or via live stream here
The world is facing virtually unprecedented levels of forced migration as people around the world flee their homes to escape war, violence and persecution. Forced migrants, including asylum seekers and refugees, face particular health issues relating to the situation that precipitates their flight, the nature of their journey, the conditions along the way and the varying levels of legal protection that they are afforded under international law. This session of the colloquium will examine the scale of forced migration, the physical and mental health risks associated with forced migration, the legal and policy issues that support forced migrants and the gaps in international law that may leave certain forced migrants vulnerable and without access to health or legal protections.
Assistant Professor Lindsay Harris, Refugee & Immigration Law University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law
Professor Katharine Donato, Director, Institute for the Study of International Migration
Professor Philip Schrag, Georgetown University Law Center
Dr. Sheetal Patel, Refugee Psychologist
2016 O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law Colloquium
The purpose of the Colloquium is to engage leading experts, Georgetown Law students and faculty, and interested members of the public in an enriching dialogue surrounding current and pressing issues in global health law, policy and governance. The 2016 Colloquium will address two themes. First, at a time of increasing inequality, economic uncertainty, and evolving health and other threats, how can health law and public health be used to foster security—personal, community, national, and ultimately global security that leads to healthier populations the world over? And, second, what are the roles of different stakeholders in effecting policy change and how can lawyers and others advance change through different roles, whether as government policymakers, community advocates, researchers, or litigators?
The O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University is the premier center for health law, scholarship, and policy. Its mission is to contribute to a more powerful and deeper understanding of the multiple ways in which law can be used to improve the public’s health, using objective evidence as a measure. The O’Neill Institute seeks to advance scholarship, science, research, and teaching that will encourage key decision-makers in the public, private, and civil society to employ the law as a positive tool for enabling more people in the United States and throughout the world to lead healthier lives.
The O’Neill Institute Colloquium is open to all students, faculty, staff, and interested members of the public.
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