Sarah Roache

Sarah Roache, LL.M., is the Director of the Global Health LL.M. program at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University Law Center. She also leads the O’Neill Institute’s broader health law capacity building programs, including developing intensive health law trainings for lawyers and government officials working at the intersection of law and health.

Sarah’s substantive expertise includes legal and policy interventions to reduce key non-communicable disease risk factors, including tobacco, alcohol, unhealthy diets, and physical inactivity. Prior to joining the O’Neill Institute, Sarah worked as a complex class action litigator, representing victims of tobacco related diseases and thalidomide survivors. She also has experience as a social and legal policy adviser to government and NGOs, including formulating best practice domestic implementation of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

Sarah holds a Master of Laws in Global Health Law from Georgetown University, 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. She is admitted to the New York Bar and to the Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia.

Selected Publications


Roache, Sarah A, Charles Platkin, Lawrence O Gostin, and Cara Kaplan. "Big Food and Soda Versus Public Health: Industry Litigation Against Local Government Regulations to Promote Healthy Diets." Fordham Urban Law Journal (in press), no. 45: 1051 (2018).

Roache, Sarah A, and Lawrence O Gostin. "Tapping the Power of Soda Taxes: A Call for Multidisciplinary Research and Broad-Based Advocacy Coalitions – A Response to Recent Commentaries." International Journal of Health Policy and Management (in press) (2018).


Gostin, Lawrence O, Roger S Magnusson, Rudiger Krech, David W Patterson, Steven A Solomon, Derek Walton, Gian L Burci, Katharina O Cathaoir, Sarah A Roache, and Marie-Paule Kieny. "Advancing the Right to Health —The Vital Role of Law." American Journal of Public Health 107, no. 11 (2017): 1755-1766.

Roache, Sarah A, and Lawrence O Gostin. "The Untapped Power of Soda Taxes: Incentivizing Consumers, Generating Revenue, and Altering Corporate Behavior." International Journal of Health Policy and Management 6, no. 9 (2017): 489-493.


Gostin, Lawrence O, H Abou-Taleb, Sarah A Roache, and Ala Alwan. "Legal priorities for prevention of non-communicable diseases: innovations from WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean." Public Health 144 (2016): 4-12.

Roache, Sarah A, Lawrence O Gostin, and Eduardo B Bianco Gonsalia. "Trade, Investment, and Tobacco." Journal of the American Medical Association 316, no. 20 (2016): 2085-2086.