Céline Brassart Olsen, PhD, specializes in global health law, with a focus on the prevention of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and the role of private actors.

Céline is currently employed as a postdoctoral researcher. Céline’s research analyzes the legal consequences of voluntary CSR health promotion initiatives in the workplace and their implications for public-private governance, employees’ rights, and employers’ liability. One objective of her research is to examine the overall legal implications of the transfer of health promotion initiatives from the State to the workplace, as well as employers’ voluntary commitments to health promotion from the perspective of employment law, public health law, and private governance. Another objective of her research is to analyze the legal consequences of workplace health promotion initiatives for employees’ rights and employers’ liability.

Her PhD analyzed the intersection between international public health and human rights law for the prevention of obesity. Her research was part of the interdisciplinary project Governing Obesity www.go.ku.dk


As part of her PhD, Céline taught a Master Course in Health and Human Rights and was a visiting researcher at the O’Neill Institute for Global and National Health Law at Georgetown University. Prior to her PhD, Céline worked as a legal consultant for the World Health Organization on various projects, ranging from the adoption of the general policy strategy for WHO/Europe (Health2020) to the implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control within the European region. She worked as a legal and policy advisor for the Smoke Free Partnership in Brussels, where she focused on the revision of the European Union’s Tobacco Products Directive. She also worked as a legal consultant for Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids in Washington DC. Previously, she was an Associate at the law firm Dechert LLP in New York City, where she is admitted to the Bar.

She holds a Masters in International Legal Studies (LL.M.) from American University, and a dual degree in English and French Laws (Bachelor of Law/Maîtrise) from the University of Essex (UK) and Université Paris Ouest Nanterre (France).


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