Georgetown University Law Center

Ahead of the May World Health Assembly, join us for an in-depth discussion about a key issue facing the world’s ministers of health. Geneva negotiators have been trying to hammer out new global health laws to address the deficits revealed by COVID-19, Ebola, mpox, and other pandemics. However, governments have serious disagreements on how to make the world more prepared. This discussion will dive into both the key legal issues at stake and the politics driving and blocking action.

During the event, Nina Schwalbe, founder and CEO of Spark Street Advisors, will present opening remarks about the pandemic treaty, followed by a conversation between Lawrence O. Gostin, Matthew Kavanagh, Sam Halabi, Rebecca Katz, and the Georgetown community.

Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2024
Time: 2 – 3:30 p.m. ET
Location: Conference Room 500, 500 First Street NW, Georgetown University Law Center


  • Nina Schwalbe, Founder and CEO, Spark Street Advisors
  • Lawrence O. Gostin, Faculty Director, O’Neill Institute; Founding Linda D. & Timothy J. O’Neill Professor of Global Health Law, Georgetown Law
  • Matthew Kavanagh, Director, Center for Global Health Policy & Politics, O’Neill Institute; Department of Global Health, School of Health, Georgetown University
  • Sam Halabi, Director, Center for Transformational Health Law, O’Neill Institute; Professor, Georgetown University’s School of Health
  • Rebecca Katz, Director, Center for Global Health Science and Security; Professor, Georgetown University Medical Center and the School of Foreign Service


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