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

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Law, Justice and Development Week 2015
Nov 16 - Nov 20 
World Bank Headquarters
1818 H St NW
Washington, D.C.

O'Neill Institute Colloquium
Global Health’s Position in the Post-2015 Development Agenda, Nov 18
1:20 - 3:20 pm
Georgetown Law

The Global Health Landscape Symposium
Thursday, Nov 19
9:30 am - 7:00 pm
FHI 360 Conference Center
Washington, D.C.

O'Neill Institute Colloquium
Semester Wrap Up
Wednesday, Dec 2
1:20 - 3:20 pm  
Georgetown Law Cente

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Naturally Processed?
By: Janelle Langan, Global Health Law LL.M. Candidate 2016

France Puts an End to Discriminatory Ban for Gay Blood Donation 
By: Fernanda Alonso, O'Neill Institute Associate

The Food Minority: Food Labels, Eating Disorders,
and People who Need More Food

By: Eric Friedman, O'Neill Institute Associate

Is the Trans-Pacific Partnership a Win for Tobacco Control?
A First Look at the Tobacco Carve-Out

By: Katherine Shats, O'Neill Institute Associate

Physician-Assisted Dying:
Do We Need to Broaden the Conversation?

By: Anna Roberts, O'Neill Institute Law Fellow

Criminal Convictions for Selling Contaminated
Peanut Butter- How about for Marketing Cigarettes, Too?

By: The O'Neill Institute

Are Hot Dogs the New Cigarette?
What to Make of WHO's Latest Finding

By: Aliza Glasner, O'Neill Institute Associate 
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 Daniel Hougendobler, O'Neill 



I am pleased to present the O’Neill Institute’s November 2015 newsletter. This month, the institute welcomes our newest Associate, Sonia Canzater, who will focus on Hepatitis C law and policy initiatives. Please take a moment to meet Sonia as well as read our Program Director and Distinguished Scholar Jeffrey Crowley's thought-provoking Q&A.

Thank you for reading! 


  • November 15, Professor Larry Gostin led the annual O'Neill Institute hike to Great Falls, Maryland, followed by a healthy brunch at his home with our institute team, Georgetown Law students, and Georgetown MsGH students
  • November 10, Sean Bland gave a presentation on "Understanding the Role of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) in HIV Prevention" at a town hall discussion at Georgetown University.
  • November 4, Jeffrey Crowley spoke at a Meeting of the Fast Track Cities Initiative at the White House sponsored by the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care and UNAIDS.
  • November 2-4, Oscar Cabrera and Rebecca Reingold participated in a panel on gender-based violence and reproductive rights restrictions and Oscar Cabrera presented on the intersection of the right to health and reproductive justice during a roundtable discussion at the IV Latin American Legal Conference on Reproductive Rights in Lima, Peru. Oscar and Rebecca also spoke at the CLACAI Andean Subregional Conference that followed on November 5.
  • November 2, Jeffrey Crowley spoke on next steps for state implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy at a meeting at the White House sponsored by amfAR and Funders Concerned about AIDS.
  • October 20, Oscar Cabrera, along with representatives from various reproductive rights NGOs, participated in a hearing before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights that considered the human rights situation of pregnant adolescents in Latin America, focusing primarily on violations of their right to physical, mental and social health.
  • October 17, Jeffrey Crowley gave a keynote presentation on Personalized Medicine, Big Data, and Innovating to Improve HIV Care at the Center for Ethics in Science and Technology in San Diego.

Sonia Canzater, JD, MPH, is an Associate at the O’Neill Institute and works on Hepatitis C law and policy initiatives. She holds a Juris Doctor and Master of Public Health from the University of South Carolina, and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Temple University.

Prior to joining the Institute, Sonia worked as an adjunct public health instructor at Benedict College, where she taught courses on human diseases, drugs and society, and general health and wellness. She also spent 4 years working for the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control’s Bureau of Maternal and Child Health, and 2 years as a youth drug abuse prevention program coordinator for the Lexington – Richland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council in Columbia, South Carolina. She has also worked as a legal intern for the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services in the Office of Civil Rights, where she was part of a team that developed, interpreted, and enforced policy for federal health and civil rights laws such as HIPAA, the Affordable Care Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Civil Rights Act of the 1964.
We continue our profile series about our associates, fellows and faculty as described “in their own words.” In this edition, meet Jeffrey S. Crowley, Program Director of the National HIV/AIDS Initiative and Distinguished Scholar at O’Neill. Jeff received his Master of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, and his Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Kalamazoo College. He is an alumnus of the United States Peace Corps where he served as a Volunteer/High School Science Teacher in Swaziland.

O'Neil institute (OI): Do you remember when you first realized a career at the intersection of public health and policy was a good fit for you? 

Jeffrey: I was a policy wonk before I knew what that meant. For some reason, I no longer recall how this came about --  I never took the typical high school government courses because my teachers knew that I learned most of that stuff on my own. Instead, while others were studying government, I was spending time in the library doing independent study projects. For a while in college, I thought I wanted to become a physician, but I realized that my real interest was not treating patients, but using government policy to help people. 

OI: What was your path to the O’Neill Institute?

Jeffrey: I was working at the Georgetown Health Policy Institute, now part of the McCourt School of Public Policy, when the O’Neill Institute was established. A couple of us from the Health Policy Institute were given joint appointments with O’Neill. I left to join the Obama Administration when the President took office and I came to O’Neill full-time in late 2012. Now, I direct the National HIV/AIDS Initiative, as well as our newly established Hepatitis Policy Project. 

OI: What excites you most about your work?

Jeffrey: What excites me is that we have begun to talk about ending the HIV epidemic in the United States, and while we have a lot of work to do to get every person with HIV to learn their status, get them in care, and support them in staying on effective treatment, collectively we have started to do this hard work...

Jeffrey's Full Q&A


Led by O'Neill Institute Associate Dan Hougendobler and Law Fellow Anna Roberts, the Scholars Workshop is a group of students, faculty and staff who meet weekly to discuss the writing process and get feedback on their work. During the fall semester, the Workshop focused on skills-based trainings and discussions.

Some highlights included:

  • Professor Frances DeLaurentis from the Georgetown Law Writing Center provided an overview of the writing process.
  • O’Neill Institute Associate Mary DeBartolo guided participants through developing effective case studies.
  • Alexandra Phelan, Georgetown Law SJD student, taught participants best practices in using citation management tools.
  • Georgetown Law librarian Mabel Shaw demonstrated how to conduct effective research.

In the spring, participants will have an opportunity to present their research to the group to receive feedback, as well as to have their papers peer-reviewed by their colleagues.


Jeffrey S. Crowley, Gregory R. Nevins, and Melanie Thompson. "The Americans With Disabilities Act and HIV/AIDS Discrimination: Unfinished Business." JAMA314, no. 3 (2015): 227-228.

Lawrence O. Gostin, Anna E. Roberts. "Forced Migration: The Human Face of a Health Crisis." The Journal of the American Medical Association, October 2015. 

Aliza Y. Glasner. "The Evolving Role of the Codex Alimentarius Commission in Securing Consumer Protection in Globalized Food Markets." In Food and Drug Regulation in an Era of Globalized Markets. (Sam Halabi ed., Elsevier In.), August 2015.

Eric A. Friedman, Lawrence O Gostin. "Imagining Global Health with Justice: In Defense of the Right to Health,." Health Care Analysis 23, no. (4) (2015): 308-329.

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