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O'Neill Institute Global Health Law LL.M. Update - August 2013

O'Neill Institute
O'Neill Institute
August 2013

Global Health Law LL.M. Update


O'Neill Institute

LL.M. Upcoming Events
Important Dates

Monday, August 26 - Thursday, August 29
Orientation for Graduate Students

Tuesday, August 27 - 2:00-2:50pm
Global Health Law LL.M. Orientation Session
Institute Suite, Williams Law Library 358

Monday, September 2
Labor Day Holiday:  No classes meet

Tuesday, September 3
Fall Semester Begins

Monday, September 23 - 5:30-8:00pm
O’Neill Institute LL.M. Welcome Reception
Williams Law Library Atrium


Helpful Links
Global Health Law LL.M. Course Guides
First Class Reading Assignments
Georgetown Law Student Handbook

O'Neill Institute Blog - Selected Recent Posts

NYC's Super-size Soda Ban Declared Unconstitutional
By: Alberto Alemanno, O'Neill Institute Scholar

A New Frontier, the Access to Medicines Movement and NCDs
By: Daniel Hougendobler, O'Neill Institute Law Fellow (Global Health Law LL.M. '13)

Will FDA Turn the Tide on Industry-wide Medical Product Development?
By: Aliza Glasner, O'Neill Institute Associate

Lessons from the Industry
By: Susan Kim, O'Neill Institute Deputy Director

See All News & Events



We are immensely pleased to welcome our seventh class of Global Health Law LL.M. students.  Our incoming class is comprised of 21 students from around the world, including Australia, China, Germany, Ghana, Korea, Mexico, Taiwan, the United Kingdom and the United States.  We will circulate a monthly Global Health Law LL.M. Update to keep you informed of upcoming O’Neill Institute events, news and opportunities.

Global Health Law LL.M. students are integrated into the O’Neill Institute in many ways.  For example, they may have the opportunity to work for the O'Neill Institute as research assistants, enroll in institute practicum courses, participate in a mentorship program, and attend the many symposia and events hosted by the O'Neill Institute.
Academic Counseling and Questions?
Please feel free to contact Tanya Baytor, Global Health Law LL.M. Program Director at or 202.662.9291.
  For additional information about the O’Neill Institute, please visit our website.


Each month, we will bring you a new health tip from O'Neill Institute Faculty Director and Professor, Lawrence O. Gostin. 

This month, he explores, "Is Sugar Toxic?":
Think before you put sugar in your mouth — whether in sugary drinks, in coffee, or tea, and especially hidden in processed foods.  New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg recently proposed a controversial portion restriction that would limit the portion of high-sugar beverages to a maximum 16-oz size. 

You can read more about Mayor Bloomberg's soda portion ban on the O'Neill Institute blog and here.

Professor Lawrence O. Gostin is the Faculty Director of the O'Neill Institute and holds the Founding O'Neill Chair in Global Health Law.  Professor Gostin teaches several courses at Georgetown Law, including a global health law simulation, and public health law and ethics.  He is is an internationally acclaimed scholar and University Professor, Georgetown’s highest academic rank conferred by the University President.  He is Professor of Medicine at Georgetown University, Professor of Public Health at the Johns Hopkins University, and Director of the Center for Law & the Public’s Health at Johns Hopkins and Georgetown Universities.

For more information about Professor Gostin, please click here.


Allyn Taylor, J.D., LL.M., J.S.D. joined Georgetown University Law Center as a Visiting Professor of Law in 2007. She is also an adjunct professor of international relations at the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. With almost twenty years of experience as a scholar and practitioner in the field, Dr. Taylor is recognized as a leading authority in global health law.

Professor Taylor is teaching Global Health Law this fall semester.

She has been a legal consultant to The World Bank, the World Health Organization, the Organization of American States, the Pan American Health Organization, the Overseas Development Council, the Framework Convention Alliance, the National Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, Realizing Rights: The Equitable Globalization Initiative and the International Union Against Cancer. Since 2008 she has worked as a senior legal adviser with the WHO Human Resources for Health Division for the negotiation of the WHO Code of Practice on International Recruitment of Health Personnel.

For more information about Professor Taylor, please click here. 


James D. Holt (Global Health Law LL.M. '09) is a graduate of our second class of Global Health Law LL.M. students.  Since graduation, he keeps regularly apprised of what is happening with the O'Neill Institute, and was a participant in the institute's inaugural Summer Program on Global Health Law and Governance in 2012.  His studies in the Global Health Law LL.M. Program helped expand his knowledge of current and emerging issues in the area of global health law and policy and have been very helpful with his continuing work at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

James is currently a senior attorney in the CDC Branch of the Public Health Division of the HHS Office of General Counsel.  His principle client is CDC’s Division of Select Agents and Toxins that, along with their counterparts in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, regulate the possession, use, and transfer of biological agents and toxins that have the potential to pose a severe risk to public health and safety.  James is an adjunct professor of law at the University of Tennessee College of Law where he teaches a public health law course.  He was the HHS representative on a U.S. Department of State team which hosted workshops for government representatives in Kazakhstan, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines and Uzbekistan concerning Biological Warfare Convention implementing regulations and pathogen security legislation.  He is listed as a contributor to the CDC/NIH Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories, 5th Edition.

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