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O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law - October 2015

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O'Neill Institute Colloquium
Obergefell v. Hodges: Balancing Gay Rights & Religious Liberties
Wednesday, October 14
1:20 - 3:20 pm
Georgetown Law

O'Neill Institute Colloquium
MERS: An Emerging Threat to Global Health Security
Wednesday, October 21
1:20 - 3:20 pm
Georgetown Law

One Health and the Global Security Agenda
Thursday, October 29
Georgetown University Medical Center
Med-Dent Building

The Food and Drug Law Journal Symposium
Constitutional Challenges to FDA Law & Regulation

Friday, October 30
Georgetown Law

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The Unmet Need for Family Planning, an Unmet Human Right
By: Rebecca Reingold, O'Neill Institute Associate

National Health Equity Strategies to Implement the Global Promise of SDGs
By: Eric Friedman, O'Neill Institute Associate

Voting Food 2016: An Open Letter to All Candidates Running for Office
By: Aliza Glasner, O'Neill Institute Associate

What does the Conclusion of TPP Negotiations Mean for Global Health Law?
By: The O'Neill Institute

The Global Migration Crisis, International Law, and the Responsibility to Protect Health 
By: The O'Neill Institute

Behind Recent Drug Price Gouging, a Bad CEO and an Even Worse Legal System
By: Daniel Hougendobler, O'Neill Institute Associate

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I am pleased to present the O’Neill Institute’s October 2015 newsletter. From introducing new and current members of our team, to various events and presentations, such as the second meeting of our Lancet-O’Neill Institute, Georgetown University Commission Global Health and the Law, to developing new Global Health Law LL.M. offerings at Georgetown Law and with prestigious partner organizations, such at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health – the O’Neill Institute has been keeping busy. 

Moving forward, we hope to send out monthly updates, which we are excited to share with our friends and colleagues – current and potential. Thank you for reading!


  • October 8-9, in collaboration with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and as part of the ARV-Based HIV Prevention Technologies: Developing the Capacity and Tools to Deliver New Prevention Products project, the O'Neill Institute convened approximately 50 participants - demonstration project implementers, advocates, policymakers, international donors, and other key stakeholders - in Johannesburg, South Africa. Participants discussed the challenges and opportunities presented by the ongoing global demonstration projects for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), as well as explored how to bridge from demonstration projects to scale-up.

WHO DG, Margaret Chan and Members of the O'Neill Institute
  • September 17-21, Jeffrey Crowley, Susan Kim, and Daniel Lucey presented at the American Society for Microbiology’s Interscience Conference of Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy and the International Society of Chemotherapy (ISC)’s International Congress of Chemotherapy and Infection (ICAAC/ICC 2015) in San Diego, California. Jeff spoke on how policy can be used to advance the implementation of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and HIV treatment as prevention. Susan and Dan presented during the Emerging Infectious Diseases Symposium - Dan took part in a fireside chat on responding to the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak, and Susan spoke on the the role of law and regulation in preventing pandemic outbreaks.
  • September 10, Jeffrey Crowley presented at a plenary of the US Conference on AIDS (USCA) in Washington DC on a panel with other former “AIDS Czars,” former directors of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy.
  • August 3-21, Sarah Roache traveled to Cairo, Egypt to present on the O'Neill Institute's project with the WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean (EMRO) on regulating private health care providers as well as law as a tool to address non-communicable disease risk factors. She was joined by Ana Ayala, who spoke on the implementation of the International Health Regulations.

Sean Bland, JD, is an Associate at the O’Neill Institute and works on HIV/AIDS law and policy initiatives.  He holds a Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and German Studies from Yale University.
Prior to joining the O’Neill Institute, Sean was a litigation associate at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP in New York and Washington DC.  He also worked for two years as a research associate at The Fenway Institute at Fenway Health, where he helped to coordinate research projects focused on social and behavioral factors affecting HIV transmission among gay and bisexual men and transgender individuals.  Additionally, he has served as a law clerk with the United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, the American Psychological Association, and Lambda Legal, where he held the 2011 Tyron Garner Memorial Fellowship for African-American LGBT Civil Rights.

Anna Roberts, LL.B., MIPH is a Law Fellow with the O’Neill Institute. She holds a Master in International Public Health and a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the University of Sydney, Australia and a Bachelor of Arts, Psychology from Furman University, South Carolina.

Anna has worked internationally in Bulgaria and Uganda in humanitarian positions before moving to Australia to complete her MIPH and law degrees. While studying law, Anna was a research officer at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre in Sydney, Australia where she worked on the Global Burden of Disease project and with the UN Reference Group on HIV and Injection Drug Use. On completion of her law degree, Anna practiced with Legal Aid, NSW in their Human Rights team looking at matters such as immigration, police torts and public interest. Anna’s most recent position was as DCEO of ASHM, Australia’s peak body for medical practitioners working in HIV, viral hepatitis and sexual health. Anna’s research interests include human rights, infectious diseases and enforceability of international obligations.


We’d like to introduce you to the tour de force that drives the O’Neill Institute, so we are launching our profile section where you’ll read about our associates, fellows, directors, and faculty “in their own words.”

Description: 'Neill InstituteWe begin with Sarah Roache, LL.M., LL.B., one of two law fellows at the O'Neill Institute. Sarah holds a Global Health Law LL.M. from Georgetown Law (administered by the O'Neill Institute), where she received the Thomas Bradbury Chetwood, S.J. Prize for the most distinguished academic record. Sarah also holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne, Australia.

O’Neill Institute (OI): Do you remember when you first realized a career in law was a good fit for you? 
Sarah: Some would say that I was an argumentative child. I would say that I liked to challenge assumptions and the status quo. I can remember my dad telling me, when I was very young, that I should channel this argumentative side and become a lawyer. I guess that stuck.

OI: When did you identify with the notion of law as a tool for improving public health? Why did that excite you?

Sarah: When I was 16 years old, my mother died in a car accident. She was fiercely supportive and protective of the people she loved and the causes she believed in, and her death inspired me to become an advocate for the health and wellbeing of others. My mum’s death was preventable, and I think that’s what really strikes me about non-communicable diseases. Much of the heart diseases, cancer, diabetes and lung disease we see today occurs as a result of tobacco consumption, harmful use of alcohol and overconsumption of saturated fats, salt and sugars. I am passionate about the use of law as a tool to reduce consumption of these unhealthy products, thus helping to avoid preventable death and disability.

Sarah's Full Q & A

In addition to welcoming one of the largest groups of Global Health Law ("GHL") LL.M.s to Georgetown Law, we have also created two exciting new opportunities for pursuing a degree.

The first is the creation of a joint Georgetown JD/LL.M. offering, which will afford qualified Georgetown students wishing to pursue this option the ability to add one semester to their JD experience and graduate with both a Georgetown JD and a GHL LL.M.

The second new degree option is the launch of a dual Masters of Public Health (MPH) degree and GHL LL.M. For this offering, we partnered with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, widely regarded as the world's most preeminent school of public health. We are thrilled to offer a select group of students a truly unique and unrivaled academic experience combining the fields of public health and the law.

Additional information about the GHL program can be found here.

Questions and trusted referrals can be directed to our Director of New Initiatives, Mike Templeman at mft5@law.georgetown.edu.



Susan C. Kim, Jason S. Roffenbender, Paula Avila-Guillen, Ana Ayala, Tanya Baytor, Aliza Glasner, Zachary Turk, & John D. Kraemer. "Global Health, Big Data, and Country Ownership – An Opportunity," in Big Data, Big Challenges in Evidence-Based Policy Making (Kumar Jayasuriya ed., West Academic Publishing), October 2015.

Lawrence O. Gostin & Anna Roberts. "The Global Migration Crisis, International Law, And The Responsibility To Protect Health." Health Affairs Blog, September 2015.

Lawrence O. Gostin. "Regulating E-Cigarettes to Help them Realise their Potential as an Anti-Smoking Tool." The British Medical Journal, July 2015.

Lawrence O. Gostin, Mary C. DeBartolo, Daniel A. Hougendobler. "King v Burwell: Subsidizing US Health Insurance for Low- and Middle-Income Individuals." The Journal of the American Medical Association, July 2015.

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