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

O'Neill Institute
O'Neill Institute
December 2014

Global Health Law LL.M. Update


O'Neill Institute

LL.M. Upcoming Events
Important Dates

December 15-18
Stop by Tanya's Office for Study Break and Treats

Monday, January 5
Week 1 Classes Begin 

Monday, January 12 
Regular, Semester-long Classes Begin

Wednesday, January 7 - 5:30-7:30pm
Semester Kickoff Happy Hour

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

O'Neill Institute Blog and Publications

Hell's Angels Create Iron Wings for Child Abuse Victims
By: Ana Ayala, O'Neill Institute Associate  

Housing as Preventative Neuroscience

By: Katherine Shats, O'Neill Institute Associate

Sterilization: The World's Number One Method of Birth Control Disproportionately Affecting Women
By: Fernanda Alonso, O'Neill Institute Associate

An Eventful Month for Obamacare: November Presents Two Major Challenges to Health Reform
By: Dan HougendoblerO'Neill Institute Fellow 

From Afghanistan to Ebola: 8 Lessons for Global Governance for Health and A Framework Convention on Global Health
By: Eric Friedman, O'Neill Institute Associate

O'Neill Institute and WLW Launch Publication on Conscientious Objection and Reproductive Health and Rights
By: Ana Ayala, O'Neill Institute Associate 

Using Maps to Track and Control Infectious Disease: Five Online Resources
By: Dan HougendoblerO'Neill Institute Fellow 

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Season's Greetings from the O'Neill Institute to all of our Global Health Law LL.M. students!  Best of luck with exams to the class of 2014-15.

Happy Holidays and Farewell from Tanya!
I wanted to wish everyone a happy holiday season and share some news.  My contract with the O'Neill Institute ends in December, and I have decided to explore other opportunities back home in Canada. It has been a difficult decision in large part because it has been such a delight to work with and get to know each and every one of you.
You are a tremendously accomplished class and I'm confident that you will each go on to do incredible things in the field of global health law. Thank you for being such a joy to work with, and I hope you'll keep in touch - as a fellow Global Health Law LL.M alum, I look forward to hearing about your many future accomplishments!
Beginning in January, my colleague, Ana Ayala, will be the new academic advisor. Many of you have already had the opportunity to work with Ana (also a Global Health Law LL.M. alum) so you know how wonderful she is. You'll be in excellent hands.
All the best and good luck to our current students writing exams!
Tanya Baytor


O'Neill Institute

“In thinking about our health we often don’t consider injuries. As with so much in public health the best form of injury protection is to design the environment and consumer products in ways the ensure safe use, such as designing cars and roads to be safe. But there is also a behavioral element, so avoid high risk activities and when you do always ameliorate the risk through good preparation, such as helmets, lights, and reflective gear, as well as due care, when biking. Staying safe from injuries is essential for a life full of vigor.” 

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.


Ana S. Ayala, J.D., LL.M., is an Institute Associate. She was a law fellow at the O'Neill Institute from 2010 to 2012. She holds a Master of Laws in Global Health Law from Georgetown University; a law degree from American University, Washington College of Law; and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and International Studies from the University of Chicago. Originally from Bolivia, Ana is bilingual in English and Spanish and has worked both in the U.S. and abroad. 

At the O'Neill Institute, Ana has worked on a variety of global health law areas, including health and human rights, tobacco control, sexual and reproductive health, patient care, infectious diseases, global health governance, and pandemic preparedness. She has trained legal, medical, and public health professionals from around the world. She led the legal component of the World Health Organization’s implementation course for government officials on the International Health Regulations (2005) in order to strength governments’ ability to manage serious public health risks. Through her projects, Ana has worked extensively with a wide array of organizations, such as the World Health Organization (including the Pan American Health Organization), Open Society Foundations, Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, the Consortium of Universities for Global Health, the Lawyers Collective, and Women's Link Worldwide.


Roger Magnusson is Professor of Health Law & Governance at Sydney Law School, University of Sydney, Australia. His research interests are in health law, public health law and governance, and health development. In his earlier career he worked extensively on legal and policy issues associated with HIV/AIDS. He is the author of Angels of Death: Exploring the Euthanasia Underground (Yale University Press), a study of the practice of extra-legal physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia among health professionals working in HIV/AIDS in Sydney, Melbourne and San Francisco. Professor Magnusson's current research focuses on the opportunities for law and regulation in responding to chronic, non-communicable diseases. He is a member of the Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathines Advisory Council to Australia's National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). 

Click here to read Professor Magnusson's bio


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O'Neill Institute - Law Fellow 

The O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law is seeking exceptionally qualified candidates to serve as O’Neill Institute Fellows. Housed at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC., the O’Neill Institute is a leading research institute for health law. For more details about the Institute and its ongoing work please visit

Fellows are based at the Law Center and report to the O’Neill Institute Executive Director and to the Faculty Director. Law fellows work on academic legal research and scholarship projects. Duties include working closely with faculty to produce scholarly works for publication, in some cases leading to joint publication. Allocation of time is mainly determined by O’Neill Institute faculty needs and taking into account fellow preferences; additionally, some time may be allocated to O’Neill projects. Fellowships are for one year with possible extension for two years, and will begin in Summer 2015. Fellows will receive an annual salary of $65,000 with great benefits.

Candidates should have a J.D. degree (or the equivalent), exceptional academic credentials, including publications, and health law-related research interests in areas like public health law, global health law, domestic health care law, empirical studies, regulatory impacts of health, health and human rights, etc. Successful candidates will have knowledge and/or experience in aspects of national and or global health law and ethics. A post-graduate degree (MPH, LL.M.), health degree, or significant work experience may be preferred.

To apply, please complete the online application here:

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation - Program Officer, Program Advocacy and Communications, Global Health Research & Development Job

The Program Officer (PO) will work across specific Global Health Research & Development global priority(ies) to help generate the awareness, resources, partnerships and policy changes necessary to achieve success in the following ways: galvanizing civil society in donor and developing nations to increase political commitment to health and development issues; understanding and shaping international financing channels for health and development issues and supporting the evidence-base to drive sound decision-making; and influencing policymaker decisions making through increased visibility and understanding of solutions to health and development inequities. The role reports directly to the Deputy Director of Program Advocacy and Communications with a dotted line into the Senior Program Officer of Program Advocacy and Communications.

Key responsibilities of the PO include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Contribute to the development and implementation of policy, advocacy, and communication strategies in partnership with the program strategy teams to generate the attention to their issues, resources, and policy changes necessary to best achieve their goals.
  • Track and analyze key global policy developments and trends relevant to a specific set of programs, and responsible for a portfolio of grants.
  • Assist to build and manage partnerships and alliances to advance and refine policy, advocacy, and communications strategies based on field and financial data.
  • Contribute to the development of appropriate outreach plans for listening to outside voices, sharing the Foundation's strategies, and thinking about how we communicate impact assessment.
  • Represent the foundation to key program-related external constituencies.
  • This role is responsible for high quality interactions and clear and consistent communications with grantees and partners in the field.

To learn more and apply, please visit:,-Program-Advocacy-and-Communications,-Global-Health-Research-&-Development-Job-WA-98101/223313700/?utm_source=LinkedInJobPostings&utm_campaign=GPA_PO_Nchristensen_5128. 

Center for Reproductive Rights - U.S. Policy and Advocacy Summer 2015 Law Student Intern

The Center's U.S. Policy and Advocacy Program is looking for enthusiastic, resourceful and highly organized law student interns with a commitment to reproductive rights issues to assist with a variety of projects involving policy analysis and advocacy. This internship will focus primarily on federal policy but may also include opportunities to support the Center's state policy and domestic human rights advocacy work. Successful candidates will experience the day-to-day operations of a dynamic in-house policy team, including but not limited to legislative analysis and drafting, coalition advocacy, and translating legal and legislative language into persuasive policy documents.

The internship is full-time, from June 01, 2015 through August 07, 2015.  Interns are encouraged to seek outside funding for their internship. This internship is eligible for a small stipend if candidates are unable to secure outside funding.

The Center's summer internship program includes opportunities for lunches with experts in the field, social events, networking opportunities with other organizations, exposure to the Center's U.S. Legal and Global Legal initiatives, and other activities.

To learn more and apply, please visit: 

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