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Monthly Archives: November 2015

11.29.15

Justice for Kenyan Women Detained in Maternity Wards

By Rebecca Reingold

Poor maternal health services are common in Kenya due to a number of factors, including lack of supplies and equipment, inadequate training and supervision of health care workers, negligence, and unethical practices. According to the Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center), many women who seek such services at the country’s largest public maternity hospital, Pumwani Maternity Hospital, suffer […]

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11.25.15

Public Health Emergency Preparedness in Action: The Medical Response to the November Paris Terror Attacks

By Brian Honermann

On November 13, Paris experienced the worst terrorist attack in the city’s history. In coordinated attacks across the city, terrorists detonated suicide vests and gunned down concertgoers. In the end 130 people were killed and more than 350 wounded—many seriously. Mass casualty, multi-site terror attacks pose an extraordinary challenge to health system capacity. An influx […]

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11.22.15

Law's Power to Safeguard Global Health: LJD Week 2015

By Mary DeBartolo

This week several members of the O’Neill Institute attended and participated in the World Bank’s Law, Justice and Development Week program. On Tuesday morning, members of the Institute led a session on “Law’s Power to Safeguard Global Health.” I moderated the session, and was fortunate to be joined by one of the Co-Chairs of The Lancet […]

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11.18.15

O'Neill at IV Latin American Legal Conference on Reproductive Rights

By Rebecca Reingold

On November 2-4, Oscar Cabrera, Executive Director of the O’Neill Institute, and I participated in the IV Latin American Legal Conference on Reproductive Rights in Lima, Peru. The Conference takes place every two years, bringing together academics, judges and other judicial officers, legislators, activists and civil society representatives. This year, the Conference focused on the […]

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11.17.15

Naturally Processed?

By O’Neill Institute

This post was written by Janelle Langan, a Global Health Law LL.M. student at Georgetown Law. Any questions or comments about this post can be directed to jl2009@georgetown.edu. Recent emphasis upon diet through consumer education, media coverage, and mobile food journaling applications has brought healthy eating to the forefront of the minds of consumers. A […]

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11.13.15

France puts an end to discriminatory ban for gay blood donation

By Fernanda Alonso

By Bruno Ramdjee and Fernanda Alonso In December of last year, an FDA advisory panel met to discuss whether or not the federal government should reverse its policy banning gay men from donating blood. If the FDA had lifted the ban, gay men would have been allowed togive blood if they abstained from sexual encounters with […]

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11.09.15

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

By Eric A. Friedman

A colleague, Aliza Glasner, recently asked a fundamental question about the move towards food labeling that not only tells you about what nutrients are in the food, but also provide warnings about unhealthy food: What is healthy food? What is unhealthy food? That got me thinking. What about people for whom “healthy” is not the […]

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11.05.15

Is the Trans-Pacific Partnership a win for tobacco control? A first look at the tobacco carve-out

By Katherine Shats

Finally, after years of negotiation, speculation, anticipation and/or trepidation, the full text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has been released. Undoubtedly, lawyers around the world will be pouring over the details over the next weeks and months, as will the US congress in order to decide whether to approve or reject the agreement in its […]

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11.05.15

Physician-assisted Dying: Do we need to broaden the conversation?

By Anna Roberts

A fundamental purpose of the law is to provide individuals with the tools and means to achieve the highest possible standard of life and to empower those least able to enforce their rights. Individuals make numerous permanent and life-changing decisions everyday without interference and indeed, many of us gauge our notion of freedom on our […]

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