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O'Neill Institute Global Health Law LL.M. Update - April 2015

O'Neill Institute
O'Neill Institute
April 2015

Global Health Law LL.M. Update


O'Neill Institute

LL.M. Upcoming Events
Important Dates

Thursday, April 16 - 4:00-5:30pm
Spring Conversation Series: Laila Bugaighis, "The State of Healthcare and Women’s Rights in Libya”

Wednesday, May 13 - 1:30pm
LL.M Graduation Lunch
Zaytinya (701 9th Street)

Sunday, May 17 - 2:00pm
Georgetown Law Commencement

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

O'Neill Institute Blog and Publications

What I've Been Reading: Infectious Disease  
By: Dan HougendoblerO'Neill Institute Fellow 

Get Your Popcorn: The O'Neill Institute Goes to the Movies (Part 1)
By: Aliza Glasner, O'Neill Institute Associate

Cardiologist and Knitters Come Together to Save Lives
By: Ana Ayala, O'Neill Institute Associate 

What the World Health Organization Executive Board Resolution Got Wrong on Humanitarian Assistance 
By: Eric Friedman, O'Neill Institute Associate 

Trade Leaks and Litigation Funds: How the Tobacco Industry Reels Us Into More Pointless Battles 
By: Katherine Shats, O'Neill Institute Associate

So What Exactly in our Legal Pot?

By: Fernanda Alonso, O'Neill Institute Associate

Scheduling Ketamine Under the Convention on Psychotropic Substances of 1971: WHO Veto Power? 
By: Mary Clare DeBartolo, O'Neill Institute Associate

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2015 O'Neill Institute Summer Program on Infectious Diseases and the Law

June 22-26, 2015

The Summer Program will bring together leading practitioners, policymakers, advocates, and academics in global health to explore the role and implications of law in the global response to infectious diseases. Interactive lectures, panels, and case studies will examine legal powers, duties, and constraints relevant to infectious diseases.

Click here for more information about the program. 


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A new WHO guideline recommends adults and children reduce their daily intake of free sugars to less than 10% of their total energy intake. A further reduction to below 5% or roughly 25 grams (6 teaspoons) per day would provide additional health benefits. The WHO guideline does not refer to the sugars in fresh fruits and vegetables, and sugars naturally present in milk. Beware of hidden sugars in processed foods. For example, 1 tablespoon of ketchup contains around 4 grams and a single can of sugar-sweetened soda contains up to 40 grams. In truth, I try to eliminate added sugars entirely although it often isn’t possible. So, to lose weight or not put weight on, to be healthy, and to avoid dental disease, get rid of added sugar in your diets.

For more information about Professor Gostin, please click here.

Rikin S. Mehta, pharmD, JD, LLM

Class of 2011

Dr. Rikin Mehta has been appointed Senior Deputy Director for the Health Regulation and Licensing Administration for the DC Department of Health, effective January 13, 2014. Dr. Mehta (or “Rik”) comes from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) where he served as the Deputy Director for the Division of Medical Policy Programs at the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), Office of Medical Policy. As the Deputy, Dr. Mehta created and led the Nonprescription drug Safe Use Regulatory Expansion (NSURE) Initiative exploring regulatory methods to alleviate the under-treatment of common conditions or diseases through the use of innovative technologies or other conditions of safe use to expand access to medications.

Prior to FDA, Dr. Mehta worked as a drug store pharmacist as well as an emergency room/critical care pharmacist at a university hospital. Dr. Mehta received his B.S. in pharmacy from Rutgers University and Pharm.D. from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He later received a J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law and a Master of Laws in Global Health Law and International Institutions through a joint program with Georgetown University Law Center and the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. Dr. Mehta is originally from Houston, Texas and lives in the District of Columbia with his wife Reema, son Shailen and his puppy Dexter. Click here to read the full bio. 


Lisa Heinzerling is Professor of Law at Georgetown University. Her specialties include environmental and natural resources law, administrative law, the economics of regulation, and food and drug law. From January 2009 to July 2009, Heinzerling served as Senior Climate Policy Counsel to the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and then, from July 2009 to December 2010, she served as Associate Administrator of EPA's Office of Policy. In 2008, she served as a member of President Obama's EPA transition team.

Professor Heinzerling has been a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, Vermont Law School, and Yale Law School. She lectures frequently on environmental law and other topics both in the U.S. and around the world. She has published several books, including a leading casebook (with Zygmunt Plater and others) on environmental law, a cutting-edge casebook (with Mark Tushnet) aimed at introducing first-year law students to the regulatory and administrative state, and a widely cited critique of the use of cost-benefit analysis in environmental policy (Priceless: On Knowing the Price of Everything and the Value of Nothing, co-authored with Frank Ackerman). Peer environmental law professors have four times voted her work among the top ten articles of the year. In 2002, she received the faculty teaching award at Georgetown Law. The Yale Environmental Law Association and Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy recently gave her their inaugural award for innovative and inspiring scholarship in environmental law. Click here to read the full bio. 


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Due Process of Law Foundation (DPLF) - Senior Program Officer 

Application Date: Wednesday, April 15

The Due Process of Law Foundation (DPLF) seeks a Senior Program Officer to work justice and rule of law issues. The issues addressed will include, but are not limited to, judicial independence, judicial reform and criminal procedure reform. Under the direct supervision of the Executive Director, Senior Program Officers at DPLF are responsible for: project development, planning and implementation; producing and disseminating information; providing technical assistance to civil society groups in Latin America; and carrying out educational and advocacy activities both in the region and in the United States on related issues. 

Global Strategy Lab, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa - Research Associate / Post-Doctoral Fellow

Application Date: Friday, May 8

The Global Strategy Lab (GSL) at the University of Ottawa has an opening for a Research Associate or Postdoctoral Fellow. This position is intended to support a range of analytical and empirical studies that GSL is conducting to evaluate global strategies for addressing transnational health threats and social inequalities. Past studies have focused on topics like access to medicines, antimicrobial resistance, health news misinformation, health systems, pandemics and tobacco control. This position represents a full-time paid research opportunity to pursue an interest in global health law, global governance, and institutional design, as well as develop skills needed for rigorous social sciences research on health policy issues, work across national borders as part of a globally integrated research team, interact with global decision-makers, and make tangible contributions to ongoing policy processes on pressing health issues. 

Management Sciences for Health (MSH) - Research Associate 

Application Date: Rolling deadline

The Research Associate is responsible for providing research and coordination support to ASH technical specialists in order to facilitate the smooth implementation of the project’s technical activities.  The Research Associate helps ensure the successful completion of programmatic deliverables by supporting ASH technical and project management staff.  She/he works closely with the Technical Director to provide technical, administrative and logistical support to technical specialists to implement activities across a variety of technical areas including: MNCH, HIV/AIDS, Malaria, TB, HSS, Family Planning and Cross-Sectoral.  The Research Associate contributes to the administrative and logistical management of activities through liaising with the ASH Administrative Coordinator and Finance & Administrative Director as needed.

American Public Health Association (APHA) - Global Health Internship (Summer 2015)

Application Date: Rolling deadline

The Global Health program is a component of the Center for Professional Development, Public Health Systems and Partnership, an integrated department within the Health Policy and Practice Division of APHA. It is committed to promoting the well-being and education of local, state, national and global residents of the world.  Specifically, this internship experience is structured to suit the needs and interests of the intern.  During the course of the internship, the student will become more familiar with the key issues and actors in international health and development. While there are no travel opportunities, there are extensive opportunities for networking.  The intern will work with the Global Health Manager in the global health unit within APHA’s Center for Professional Development, Public Health Systems and Partnerships (CPDPHSP).  APHA internships are unpaid.

United Nations Foundation - Global Health Strategy, mHealth Intern

Application Date: Rolling deadline

The United Nations Foundation links the UN’s work with others around the world, mobilizing the energy and expertise of business and non-governmental organizations to help the UN tackle issues including climate change, global health, peace and security, women's empowerment, poverty eradication, energy access, and U.S.-UN relations.

UNF has partnered with GSMA and Intel, with generous funding from the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), to support the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) in Nigeria around the strategic planning and systematic scale up of information Communication Technologies (ICTs) to achieve the goals of the Saving One Million Lives (SOML) initiative. UNF is supporting the scale-up of quick win areas and strengthening the enabling environment for ICTs for SOML, including the development of an ICT Framework that would enable the Government of Nigeria to ensure long term sustainability and impact.

Additionally, in partnership with Norad and the World Health Organization (WHO), UNF manages the United Nations IWG catalytic grant competition for maternal, newborn, and child mHealth program. Norad made a US$9.9 million commitment to support the use of innovative mobile technologies to improve women's and children's health. This generous commitment supports UNF’s management of the IWG catalytic grant to improve maternal, newborn, and child health in support of the UN Secretary General's Every Woman, Every Child global strategy. Over the past 3 years, the program has funded 26 organizations in 15 countries to implement, scale and sustain innovations in mobile technology and health.


HHS Office of Global Affairs - 2015 Summer Internship

Application Date: Rolling deadline

The Office of Global Affairs of the Department of Health and Human Services (330 C Street, SW), is seeking a Summer 2015 law student intern to assist with projects relating to the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), global and regional pharmaceutical intellectual property issues, and other issues involving the intersection of public health and international trade.  A strong interest, and preferably some background, in public health issues is preferred.  Prior coursework in intellectual property law is preferred. Prior coursework in international trade law is preferred but not required. Many of the projects deal with highly sensitive confidential information, for which a security clearance is needed. Therefore, the intern may not have access to all materials but will be critical in providing necessary background research and other preparation for meetings and negotiations on these issues.  The position is unpaid.  Please forward a cover letter and resume to Anne Snyder at  Consideration of applications will begin immediately.

Last Mile Health - Director, Health Systems

Application Date: Rolling deadline

Working on behalf of the Ministry of Health (MOH), alongside notable implementing partners like the Clinton Health Access Initiative and Partners In Health, LMH is launching a national community health worker (CHW) program that would recruit, train, deploy and support 12,000 CHWs over the next five years.

LMH will provide comprehensive policy, planning, advocacy and analytical support to the MOH to design and implement this program. Specifically, LMH will help create policies, guidelines and tools to establish a strong community health model; develop operational plans to guide an ambitious national scale-up plan; advocate for resources from the World Bank and other major institutions support the health needs of Liberians in remote communities; and build a robust analytical knowledge-base to inform and articulate the impact of these interventions.

LMH is building a health systems team consisting of highly motivated, diplomatic and experienced individuals to work alongside the MOH in Monrovia to achieve these goals. The Director of Health Systems will be a trusted advisor and the principal institutional liaison to senior MOH officials, as well as provide technical leadership and management to the team itself. The Director will help the MOH direct attention and resources towards national community health priorities outlined in the national Community Health Roadmap such as national deployment of community health workers. The Director will initiate and steer new projects, leverage the appropriate expertise within the Health Systems Policy and Planning team to ensure these priorities are featured in the government’s decisions ranging from health financing, human resources for health, and clinical protocols. The Director is also responsible for overseeing all aspects of program management activities, including but not limited to program planning, budgeting, staffing, qualitative and quantitative analysis and reporting.


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