Georgetown Law, 500 First St NW, Washington D.C. 20001 (In-Person) | Zoom (Virtual)

In the 21st century, we have witnessed grave violations of human rights and attacks on health care around the world. Attacks on health care — mental and physical — as well as threats targeting clinicians and civilians occur globally from Syria and Sudan to Ukraine, Gaza, and Myanmar. In 2022 alone, there were 1,989 reported attacks on health care facilities and personnel — the highest total in a decade. How can international law protect against attacks on health care and ensure accountability in these conflicts and beyond?

Please join the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law and Physicians for Human Rights for an urgent discussion on the global crisis caused by attacks on health care.

Date: Tuesday, February 27, 2024
Time: 1:30 – 3 p.m. ET
Location: Georgetown Law, 500 First St NW, Washington D.C. 20001 (In-Person) | Zoom (Virtual)

Leading clinicians, legal specialists, and regional experts will interrogate the fundamental relevance of international law and bioethics in protecting health workers, health facilities, and access to health in times of conflict.


Acclaimed, award-winning author and director, H. Adam Harris, as emcee and musical guest


  • Dr. Houssam al-Nahhas, Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Researcher, Physicians for Human Rights

  • Lawrence Gostin, Faculty Director, O’Neill Institute; Founding Linda D. & Timothy J. O’Neill Professor of Global Health Law, Georgetown Law

  • Karen Joy Greenberg, Director, Center on National Security, Fordham Law

  • Dr. Sima Samar, Chairperson, Commission for the Prevention of Torture

  • Saman Zia-Zarifi, Executive Director, Physicians for Human Rights

Moderated by: Michele Bratcher Goodwin, Co-Faculty Director, O’Neill Institute; Linda D. & Timothy J. O’Neill Professor of Constitutional Law and Global Health Policy, Georgetown Law

A captioned version of the event will be available by March 8, 2024, on O’Neill Institute’s YouTube page.


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