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O'Neill Institute Global Health Law LL.M. Update - February 2016

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O'Neill Institute
February 2016

Global Health Law LL.M. Update


O'Neill Institute

Upcoming LL.M. Events

Global Health Law LLM Speed Networking Reception
Tuesday, March 2
5:30 - 7:30 pm
Gewirz 12th floor

Helpful Links
Global Health Law LL.M. Program
Global Health Law LL.M. Curriculum Guide
Georgetown Law Student Handbook
Global Health Law Job Board (password: llmoneill)

O'Neill Institute Blog and Publications

Traumatic Brain Injury and Domestic Violence: Hidden Damage
By: Anna Roberts, O'Neill Institute Fellow 

#Catmageddon: Bold and New Approach in Anti-Smoking Campaigns 
By: Fernanda Alonso, O'Neill Institute Associate

Sugary Drinks: New Evidence on Damage to Cognitive Development & Soda's Expansion into Low and Middle-Income Countries
By: Katherine Shats, O'Neill Institute Associate

FY 2017 Federal Budget Proposal Addresses Hepatitis C Epidemic, But Misses Opportunity to Reach Many at Highest Risk for Infection
By: Sonia Canzater, O'Neill Institute Associate

President's Budget Proposes $20 Million Pilot Program to Increase Access to PrEP
By: Sean Bland, O'Neill Institute Associate

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Dear Students,

For the majority of you, this is your last semester in the program. Make the most of your remaining time with us! I encourage each and everyone of you to take advantage of all the various activities that we have planned for you this semester. Please make sure to check announcements and future newsletters for details on upcoming events, including the Global Health Law Speed Networking Event this Wednesday, March 2; the job search workshop, and social events with classmates, alumni, faculty, and the O'Neill Institute. In the meantime, best of luck with classes!



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As we are in the midst of a Washington winter, mosquitoes are the last thing on our minds— that is, until we hear about the Zika epidemic sweeping the Americas. Will it hit the United States? Probably, especially because the Aedes species mosquito is present in the southern U.S., the Gulf Coast, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. During peak summer months the Aedes mosquito is found all the way up to Washington, DC.  It is also likely that the Rio Olympics will be an amplifying event as travelers return to the US during the peak summer months. 

The risk for most people is very low, but for women of child bearing age and particularly pregnant women there is a link between Zika and microcephaly in infants. This means that women who are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant should consider postponing travel to Zika-affected countries. In all cases — whether in Latin America or the Caribbean, or in the United States where the Aedes mosquito is present, there are simple precautions to take: wear long sleeves, long pants, and socks; use effective insect repellants (e.g., containing Deet); remove mosquito habitats, such as standing water; and use screens and air conditioning when indoors (or sleep under a bed net). Also, remember that these mosquitoes bite both during the day and night. 

Bottom line message: don’t panic or be fearful but do use common sense precautions to protect against mosquito bites.

For more information about Professor Gostin, please click here.


Lowell is an attorney at the international law firm of Hogan Lovells LLP where he focuses his practice on life sciences and the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors.  He counsels manufacturers, research institutions, and health systems on their legal and regulatory obligations under the Federal Food, Drug, & Cosmetic Act and other federal and state laws.  His practice covers advertising and promotion issues, clinical investigations, government investigations, and representation in enforcement and litigation matters related to premarket approval issues and life-cycle management strategies. 
After five years as a commercial litigator in Los Angeles, California, he wanted to shift his career towards his passion for health law.  Lowell decided to pursue his LL.M. in Global Health Law and Certificate in U.S. Healthcare Law at Georgetown with the goal of transitioning into the health and life sciences sectors.  “I had the privilege to work among preeminent global and health law scholars during a turning point of the right to health in the United States and abroad.”  He also credits his rewarding experience with the opportunity to develop close friendships with future global health leaders from around the world.  “The opportunity to work intensively with colleagues from around the world who share the same passion for health law provided me with an intimate understanding of the spectrum of perspectives.”  During his academic year, he also published a manuscript with the Food and Drug Law Journal regarding the 340B Drug Discount pricing program.
Lowell is a mentor for current LL.M. students and regularly attends speaking engagements at the O’Neill Institute to assist students in developing and furthering their careers in health law.




Susan L. Crockin, JD, has devoted her legal career to the emerging legal issues surrounding the assisted reproductive technologies, particularly the impact of scientific and medical advances on existing tenets of family, health, and reproductive law. Her current work focuses on equitable utilization and third party coverage of fertility and reproductive genetic treatments for those whose family-building ability is dependent on them; inter-professional efforts to reduce health care costs related to fertility treatments through single embryo transfer, insurance, and other methods; exploration of the legal implications of fertility preservation and cryopreservation of donor gametes and embryos; and cross-border reproductive care including international surrogacy.

She currently teaches two courses through the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University Law Center, “Assisted Reproductive Technology Law” and “Comparative and Cross-Border Reproductive Technology Law”. She and also teaches at Washington College of Law’s annual summer Health Law Institute and is an adjunct professor at Eastern Virginia Medical School where she teaches as part of a masters embryology program. In addition, she continues to head the Crockin Law & Policy Group, one of the first firms in the US devoted exclusively to the intertwined legal aspects of the reproductive technologies and adoption.  

Ms. Crockin has published three books, and numerous chapters, peer-reviewed articles, and, since 1990, a nationally published legal column she created entitled, “Legally Speaking®”. She helped draft the Massachusetts infertility mandate, the ABA’s Model ART Act, and model IVF consent forms for the Society of Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART). She is a founding member of the American Academy of Reproductive Technology Attorneys (AAARTA), where she currently chairs its Ethics Code committee, which is updating that organization’s Code of Ethics, and working on efforts to develop a national donor gamete registry affiliated with the Society of Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART).

Ms. Crockin received her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law and her B.A. from Tufts University, summa cum laude.


Hiwote Fantahun
My experience with Global Health Law LL.M has been intellectually
rewarding. The program, by design, empowers students explore
multiple pathways toward one’s carrier goal in the field, which, I
find extremely useful.
Joshua Girton 

My experience in the LLM program has been absolutely fantastic. The curriculum was enlightening, and my professors, advisors, and classmates have been inspirational. Moreover, from a return on investment perspective, the education I received was both immediately applicable and beneficial to my current employer in my present position. Overall, an exceptional endeavor which I would enthusiastically endorse and recommend.


During Professor Larry Gostin's recent visit to Geneva, Switzerland, Professor Gostin (not pictured), Josh Girton (Global Health Law & International Institutions LLM Candidate), and Dan Hougendobler (WHO Technical Officer, Global Health Law LLM graduate, and former O'Neill Institute Associate) walk along the shores of Lake Geneva.

Gian Luca Burci, former WHO Legal Counsel, Adjunct Professor at the Graduate Institute in Geneva, and future instructor of our Global Health Law course, met this month with Amelie Rioux and Luisa Belloni, two graduates of our joint LLM in Global Health Law and International Institutions program with the Graduate Institute and who now work at WHO.

Current student Nicholas Diamond blogged on the Syrian refugee crisis and mental health on the O'Neill Institute Blog, found here


2016 Annual CUGH Global Health Conference: Bridging to a Sustainable Future in Global Health

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HIV 360 Fellowship Program

Human Rights Campaign Foundation 

Application Deadline: March 4

Made possible with support from the Elton John AIDS Foundation, HIV 360° is a capacity-building fellowship program for young, nonprofit leaders ready to take HIV-inclusive organizations and initiatives to the next level. Through this program, we'll invest in advocates who are critical to ending this epidemic. We're looking for people – under the age of 35 – playing leadership roles in community-based organizations and initiatives focused on the communities hit hardest by HIV. Ultimately, we want the HIV 360° Fellowship Program to be a transformative experience – for our fellows, their organizations, and the communities they serve.

Technical Officer 

World Health Organization

Application Deadline: March 7

Under the guidance and supervision of the Coordinator the position of Technical Officer supports the Human Resources for Health (HRH) Policy and Standards unit of the HWF Department in leading on the legal, normative, technical, and accountability framework resulting from resolution WHA 63.16 on the WHO Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel. The incumbent also provides support to other policy, normative and standards activities, and the development and implementation of technical assistance at the global and country level. The Technical Officer will provide expertise in support of global and country efforts to strengthen the implementation of the WHO Code of Practice and the development of human resources for health. The incumbent functions as a team member within the Department covering legal, normative, labour market and workforce issues. The incumbent will dedicate approximately 60% of his/her time on legal, normative and technical work with the balance supporting activities with other units (e.g. Health Labour Market, Data, Evidence and Statistics and the High-Level Commission) to ensure important linkages across the Department. He/she will collaborate with other WHO Departments, regional offices, WHO country offices and external partners as appropriate.


To stay updated on job opportunities, please visit our LL.M. JobBoard [password: llmoneill] 

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