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The O’Neill Institute Summer Program on Global Health Law and Governance is designed to provide students with a solid foundation in global health law and governance. We will critically consider issues and themes central to this emerging field in order to equip tomorrow’s leaders in global health.

Monday, June 18, 2012

On Day 1, we will provide context for the week’s coursework by giving an overview of global health law and governance, international law and international organizations, as well as an introduction to national health law and comparative health systems. Sessions will include:

  • Global Health Governance
  • National and Global Health Law
  • International Law and International Organizations in Global Health
  • Comparative Health Systems

** Welcome Reception

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

On Day 2, we will continue by looking at the role of various institutions and actors in global health with an interactive roundtable discussion. We will also explore the linkages between health and other international concerns, including international trade and security. Sessions will include:

  • International Trade and Global Health
  • The World Trade Organization and Access to Medicines
  • Health and Security
  • Roundtable on Actors and Institutions in Contemporary Global Health Governance

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

On Day 3, we will consider the complex international legal regimes that are emerging to address the governance of communicable diseases and related issues. This day will also focus on the intersection between international trade and communicable disease control. We will end the day with a session on the significance of international human rights law in global health governance with a particular focus on human rights issues in communicable disease control. Sessions will include:

  • An Introduction and Overview of the International Health Regulations
  • International Trade Law and the International Health Regulations: The SPS Agreement
  • The Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework
  • The Significance of Human Rights in Global Health Governance

Thursday, June 21, 2012

On Day 4, we will continue our discussion on human rights with a case study on health workers and international humanitarian law. We will also host a global HIV/AIDS roundtable to discuss cutting edge issues related to HIV/AIDS. We will host a panel on careers in global health and conclude with a discussion on U.S. global health policy. Sessions will include:

  • Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law: Case Study on Health Workers
  • Global HIV/AIDS Roundtable
  • U.S. Global Health Policy

** Farewell Dinner and Reception

Friday, June 22, 2012

On Day 5, we will explore the legal response to the rising challenge of non-communicable diseases. The day will begin with an in-depth look at the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. We will then examine issues related to obesity and alcohol. We will conclude with a discussion on new developments and emerging trends in global health law. Sessions will include:

  • The Framework Convention on Tobacco Control
  • The Global Challenge of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs): Next Steps
  • Panel Discussion: The Role of Legal Instruments in Global Governance of NCDs
  • New Developments in Global Health Law