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Category Archives: Healthcare

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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10.26.15

Research Assistants – An Introduction to Working in Global Health Law

By Mary DeBartolo

Interested in how law could be used to address a global health issue? Don’t let one of my biggest academic regrets become yours! One of my biggest regrets from my years in undergraduate and graduate school is that I did not get to know my professors well and get involved in their research. I always felt awkward […]

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10.16.15

Reflecting on Indigenous health disparities on Columbus Day

By Anna Roberts

This week we celebrated Columbus Day, when we mark the arrival of European culture to the shores of the ‘New World’. It can be easy to forget that there was nothing ‘new’ about these shores upon Columbus’s arrival. There were many existing cultures already present with their own religious beliefs, customs and ways of life. […]

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10.08.15

National Health Equity Strategies to Implement the Global Promise of SDGs

By Eric A. Friedman

[This blog was originally posted in the Health and Human Rights Journal as parts of its series of blogs on the Sustainable Development Goals, and is re-posted here with permission.] “No one will be left behind.” The bold promise at the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) must guide their implementation. This requires utterly […]

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10.07.15

Vote Food 2016: An open letter to all candidates running for office

By Aliza Glasner

Today, four of America’s preeminent voices in food policy published A National Food Policy for the 21st Century. In their memo to the next president, Mark Bittman, Michael Pollan, Ricardo Salvador, and Olivier De Schutter laid out a comprehensive framework for untangling the myriad laws, regulations, and social mores that make up America’s troubled food […]

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09.25.15

Behind Recent Drug Price Gouging, a Bad CEO and an Even Worse Legal System

By Brian Honermann

It’s been a rough week for bad executives. Volkwagen’s CEO, Martin Winterkorn, resigned after investigators discovered that the carmaker had installed software that allowed its vehicles to pass emissions tests, while during normal operation they spewed out pollutants far beyond legal limits. Another executive received a 28-year prison sentence for deliberately shipping tainted peanut butter […]

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09.21.15

2016: The year of the science pledge?

By Mary DeBartolo

It seems with every election cycle in the United States politicians are requested to sign various new types of pledges. Pledges not to raise taxes, pledges to support the eventual party nominee, pledges regarding campaign finance, etc. The concept of a pledge is not unique to the U.S. election cycle – other countries’ politicians take […]

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09.11.15

On the 25th Anniversary of the Enactment of the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) Act

By O’Neill Institute

This post is adapted from remarks made by Tim Westmoreland at a celebration convened by the Office of National AIDS Policy at the White House on September 9, 2015. Professor Westmoreland is Professor from Practice, Georgetown University Law Center; Senior Scholar, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law; and Former Counsel, Subcommittee on Health […]

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08.13.15

Remembering Dr. Frances Oldham Kelsey, the Regulator Who Saved a Generation of American Children

By Brian Honermann

In the late 1950s, a new over-the-counter sedative, thalidomide was introduced in Germany. At the time, it was the only non-barbiturate sedative on the market and it was marketed as an extraordinarily safe sleeping aid. The drug company “advertised their product as ‘completely safe’ for everyone, including mother and child, ‘even during pregnancy,’ as its […]

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08.10.15

John Oliver: Jon Stewart’s legacy on public health

By Aliza Glasner

Last semester I taught a course on public health law. There was hardly an issue we covered that did not have an astute The Daily Show with Jon Stewart segment to help the students understand not just the health issue, but also its underlying political and legal conditions. Many of the clips are captured here […]

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