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

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O'Neill Institute
July 2015

Global Health Law LL.M. Update


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LL.M. Upcoming Events

Thursday, August 27 - 5:00 pm
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Helpful Links
Global Health Law LL.M. Course Guides
Georgetown Law Student Handbook

O'Neill Institute Blog and Publications

The Abortion Drone: An Innovative Use of Technology to Advance Women's Health
By: Rebecca, Reingold, O'Neill Institute Associate

Can Biohacking Solve the Global Insulin Shortage?
By: Daniel Hougendobler, O'Neill Institute Associate

One Year Later: Did The Ice Bucket Challenge Actually Work?
By: Fernanda Alonso, O'Neill Institue Associate 

How Would Obesity Policy Differ If We Didn't Blame the Individual? 
By: Sarah Roche, O'Neill Institute Fellow

The Right to Health, Europe, and Greece 
By:  Eric Friedman, O'Neill Institute Associate 

The Worst Global Sickness
By:  Eric Friedman, O'Neill Institute Associate 

Ahoy Matey - Time for the 4th of July Festivities to Begin!
By: Mary Clare DeBartolo, O'Neill Institute Associate

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Each year, 75,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with and 10,000 die from melanoma. The origins of this disease arise in carelessness about sun exposure. There are several simple steps you can take to prevent skin cancer.

1. Stay out of the mid-day sun (early morning to late evening) and always wear protective clothing including hats and proper sunglasses.
2. Use sunscreens with high SPF protection, 30 or above. Sadly, the FDA has not approved broad-spectrum sunscreens that reliably protect against both UVA and UVB radiation. Unlike countries in Europe, the FDA does not thoroughly regulate sunscreens and misleading claims confuse the public.
3. Do routine checks of your skin to see if you have the signs of early cancers.

Enjoy the summer but be safe!

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Belén Rios graduated from the University of Buenos Aires in 2008, specializing in international public law from a human rights perspective. Subsequently, she was part of our Global Health Law LLM cohort in 2013.

Prior to the GHL program, she had a diverse legal research portfolio, which included criminal, corporate, and property law.  In 2008, she started work at the Center of Legal and Social Studies and as member of a pro bono clinic serving the poor in Buenos Aires. Since 2010, she has been a legal advisor of the InterAmerican Heart Foundation – Argentina (FIC Argentina). One of FIC Argentina’s primary goals is to promote the adoption of laws and public policies that prevent non-communicable diseases using a framework grounded in the legal right to health.

After the conclusion of her LLM studies, Belén returned to the organization, where she now directs the legal department of FIC Argentina, where she conducts all the advocacy strategies at the national, sub-national, and international level. Belén also develops legal actions,  such as an amparo; for example, she filed an amparo against the City of Buenos Aires to argue for the implementation of the smoke-free law.


John Monahan is the Senior Advisor for Global Health to Georgetown University President John J DeGioia; Senior Fellow, McCourt School of Public Policy; and Senior Scholar, O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law.

Most recently, he has served as the Special Advisor for Global Health Partnerships at the US Department of State (2010-2014) as well as Counselor to the Secretary and Director of Global Health Affairs at the US Department of Health and Human Services (2009-2010).

Professor Monahan served as the founding Executive Director of the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law and as a Visiting Professor at Georgetown Law School (2007-2008). He was Senior Fellow at the Annie E. Casey Foundation (2000-2006); Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution (2001-2008); Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Children and Families (1997-1999) and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs (1993-1996) at US Department of Health and Human Services; Counsel to Senator David Pryor (1990-1991); Investigator for the US Senate Special Committee on Aging (1989); Clerk for US District Court Judge John F. Grady (1988); and Associate with Hopkins and Sutter (1987). Professor Monahan served on the Obama-Biden and Clinton-Gore transition teams, and he has worked on numerous campaigns.

Professor Monahan will be co-teaching Global Health Law in Fall 2015 with Alexandra Phelan.



"[W]e selected Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo’s Poor Economics (Public Affairs, 2011) as our first book selection. The tagline on front cover of the paperback edition pronounces that it is, “a radical rethinking of the way to fight global poverty.” The authors clarify that their work is a study (or series of studies) of the world’s most poor – the 13% of the world (~ 865 million people) that live on less than $0.99 per day (the book is a bit dated as the standard for the most poor has since been raised to $1.25 per day) . . .

The book is organized by topics that loom large in the discourse of poverty eradication – hunger, health, education, etc. Rather than focus on the “big picture” questions – the authors conduct a series of discrete experiments, combining the rigor of randomized control trials with other forms of qualitative research. They seek to give data points to our understanding of the economies of the poor – in specific contexts, how do the poorest spend, save, consume, etc., and why does that behavior often diverge from expectations?" Read Full Post.


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Application Date: August 31, 2015

O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University

The O'Neill Institute seeks an Associate to work on work on health law and policy projects related to Hepatitis C. The Associate is based at Georgetown Law and will report to the Program
Director for the National HIV/AIDS Initiative. Associates work on legal policy projects
including researching and drafting white papers, organizing research colloquia, expert meetings,
coordinating interdisciplinary research teams, and grant writing. A past history of work on Hepatitis policy issues, other infectious diseases, and knowledge of US health care programs and systems is strongly preferred.

Full Associate post can be found here.

Application Date: August 1

Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy, Yale Law School

The Yale Law School is delighted to announce the launch of the Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy, an exciting new Center at Yale Law School dedicated to training the next generation of health law leaders—academics, CEOs, lawyers, and government officials—and having an impact today on the most important health care issues.
The Solomon Center is seeking applications for the position of Executive Director. The Solomon Center coordinates a diverse program of activities that serve students and scholars at Yale and contribute both locally and internationally to the study of health law—with a particular focus on health governance, industry and the practice of medicine.

Application Date: August 1
Yale University
The Yale Clinical Fellowship in Global Health Justice is a two-year position designed for graduates of law and public health schools as well as other health professionals with experience in domestic and/or international health policy and advocacy who are interested in preparing for a career in global health justice or interdisciplinary clinical teaching. The Fellow will supervise the experiential learning component of the Global Health Justice Partnership (the “Practicum”) and help to coordinate the activities of the Global Health Justice Partnership (GHJP— The Fellowship is supported through the Gruber Project for Global Justice and Women’s Rights.
Full Fellowship post can be found here.

Application Date: August 14
Global Strategy Lab, uOttawa Centre for Health Law, Policy & Ethics
The Global Strategy Lab is looking to hire an Investigator/Research Associate/Post-Doctoral Fellow. The position being offered is a full-time paid research opportunity that will begin as early as September and will be based in Ottawa, Canada. It is an excellent opportunity for applicants who have just recently completed doctoral studies in the social sciences (political science, public policy, international relations, etc.) or an LLM if the applicant is a lawyer. As part of GSL and the uOttawa Centre for Health Law, Policy & Ethics, the selected applicant will be integral in the design and execution of various research projects in the field of global health law, global governance and institutional design.The full job posting with position requirements, responsibilities, remuneration and instructions is attached. Applications are due August 14th, 2015 and can be sent to Lathika Sritharan (GSL Research Coordinator) at

Application Date: August 22

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


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