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08.06.20

The Final Say on Australia’s Plain Packaging Law at the WTO

By O’Neill Institute

This post was written by Nicholas J. Diamond, JD, LLM, MBe, an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown Law. His academic work focuses on the intersection of economic issues, human rights, and the law. On June 9, the World Trade Organization (WTO) disputes concerning Australia’s plain packaging law for tobacco products, which began in 2012, […]

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08.03.20

Racially-Driven Police Violence is a Human Rights Violation

By Sarah Wetter

This post was written by Erica White, Intern, O’Neill Institute, and JD Candidate, ASU Law; and Sarah Wetter, Law Fellow, O’Neill Institute. On June 15, 2020 the United Nations Human Rights Council convened for the first time after a three-month long hiatus necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Council focused on a major threat to […]

07.28.20

Who Bears the Burden?: How Current HCV Elimination Efforts Are Likely to Exacerbate the Existing HCV Burden on Vulnerable LGBT and Immigrant Populations

By O’Neill Institute

This article was written by Prashasti Bhatnagar, JD/MPH candidate at Georgetown University Law Center/Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. INTRODUCTION Hepatitis C is one of the most common blood-borne infections in the United States; about 3.5 million persons are estimated to be chronically infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections in the nation. Health […]

Thematic Areas: Infectious Diseases

07.28.20

UN Experts Call for Decisive Measures to Tackle NCDs: Front-of-Package Warning Labelling

By O’Neill Institute

This blog post was written by Oscar A. Cabrera and Andrés Constantin. “Without clear efforts to promote action on the prevention of unhealthy diets, the rise of [noncommunicable diseases] will remain on the margins of global health action. States cannot remain passive in the face of NCDs. They should adopt an integral approach to reduce […]

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07.27.20

A Post-COVID-19 Global Health Infrastructure, Part II: Health Equity Programs of Action

By Eric A. Friedman

  Today’s existing global health arrangements failed to stop COVID-19 from so far infecting more than 16 million people – and fast rising – and killing more than 600,000 – a toll rising by thousands every day, and with both infections and deaths likely drastically underreported. Of course, even before COVID-19, the global heath infrastructure […]

07.14.20

A wolf in sheep’s clothing: the food and beverage industry and our ability to respond to health challenges

By Isabel Barbosa

Image courtesy of the New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Genitourinary (GU) Oncology Program Since the Covid-19 pandemic took over the world, the food and beverage industry has been raising its profile by engaging in highly publicized donations. Last month, for example, Coca-Cola announced that they were “supporting communities and health professionals” by “donating over 2.5 million liters […]

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07.13.20

Reflections on the History of Contact Tracing

By Sean Bland

Contact tracing is essential to preventing the spread of COVID-19. I previously wrote a blog post about the release of an O’Neill Institute brief, Quick Take: HIV Lessons for COVID-19 Contact Tracing. While the brief provides recommendations for what to do and not to do in responding to the COVID-19 crisis, I thought it would […]

Thematic Areas: Infectious Diseases

07.13.20

The Impact of the Telehealth Response for E-Prescribing Addiction Therapy Services (“TREATS”) Act

By O’Neill Institute

This blog post was written by Landon Myers. Four months after the United States began to feel the effects of COVID-19, U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) introduced the Telehealth Response for E-Prescribing Addiction Therapy Services (“TREATS”) Act. During the pandemic, policymakers and insurers have strongly embraced telehealth, or the remote provision […]

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07.10.20

How the WHO Provides Unique Value in an Epidemic Crisis

By O’Neill Institute

This blog post was written by Adi Radhakrishnan. Main Point: Current critiques of the World Health Organization fail to appreciate its formal structure as a member state-based institution, its practical constraints in acting as a supranational authority, and the enduring value of its legitimacy in sharing normative technical information in a crisis. As the COVID-19 […]

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07.07.20

The pandemic of violence against women

By Ivonne Garza

Ivonne Garza Garza, Associate at O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law Cristina M. Zamora Gómez, PhD Student in Public International Law at University of Seville Image courtesy of  El Tiempo. Photographer Patrick Baz for AFP.     As women battle to survive COVID19 they face a second pandemic: increasing gender-based violence.  Are States’ responses […]

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