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O’Neill Institute Releases Publication on Meeting the Needs of People Living with HIV

By Sean Bland

This week, the O’Neill Institute released a new publication, Big Ideas: Better Meeting the Needs of People Living with HIV Is How to End the HIV Epidemic. This report highlights actions that can be taken by jurisdictions and advocates to improve the health of all people living with HIV. It was written by me and Jeffrey […]

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By Silvia Serrano Guzmán

Rationing critical medical care is one of the most uncomfortable topics related to COVID-19 and human rights. The focus of this post is not on the imperative need that States – individually and collectively considered – devote all their efforts to avoid rationing critical care, which must be considered an extreme and last resort measure. […]

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Can the UN CESCR guide States’ responses to COVID-19?

By Ivonne Garza

Image courtesy of The Economist, artist Alice Mollon. In the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak, the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights’ new General Comment No. 25 sheds light on States’ use of science and technology in their pandemic responses, and highlights the importance of research and scientific work as the pandemic […]


COVID-19 Incites Policy Change Surrounding Access to Reproductive Health Services

By Sarah Wetter

This post was written by Sarah Wetter, Law Fellow at the O’Neill Institute, and Rebecca Reingold. Across the globe, the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting women’s ability to access abortion services, as governments implement policies to reduce COVID-19 exposure and address medical resource shortages. In the U.S., at least 11 states have issued policies to restrict […]


A Brief Reflection of the Gaps with Public Health Emergency Laws in China

By O’Neill Institute

This blog was written by Jingyi Xu, SJD Candidate at Georgetown University Law Center The widespread of COVID-19 has invoked a heated discussion of public health emergency laws in China, where the coronavirus is originally from. Recently, central government of China has made a huge decision to revise the current public health emergency laws while […]



A call to action to the G20: The world needs a robust, coordinated, equitable, rights-based COVID-19 Response, Now

By Eric A. Friedman

“’I’m…. involved in the Eastern Congo… and am conscious of the looming catastrophe if the Corona virus would bring about respiratory complications….In the referral hospital in Beni, already disorganized by the ending [the] Ebola epidemic, there are 2 oxygen concentrators, and regular power cuts. You can imagine….” – Dr. Réginald Moreels, Humanitarian surgeon and former Minister of […]


Hepatitis Policy Project Releases New Brief on Expanding Hepatitis C Screening and Treatment in Correctional Facilities

By Sonia Canzater

The O’Neill Institute’s Hepatitis Policy Project recently released its latest issue brief, Correctional Institutions Are A Critical Intervention Point For Hepatitis C Elimination, written by Senior Associate Sonia Canzater, on the integral role expanding hepatitis C virus (HCV) screening and treatment in the nation’s jails and prisons could play in the effort to eliminate HCV […]


The Invisible Pandemic of NCDs May Now Come To Light

By Isabel Barbosa

Image courtesy of U.S. News & World Report Recently, those of us participating in Global Health Law listservs received the news that, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization Global Coordination Mechanism on the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases (GMC/NCD) had created a Technical Working Group on Covid-19 and non-communicable diseases […]

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COVID-19: A global threat with no prescribed solution

By Lidiya Teklemariam

As we all have been following the news on COVID-19 spread, our everyday thoughts and concerns are mostly similar. We’re always up to hear about the number of total cases, deaths, and recoveries; what the World Health Organization (WHO) is saying, and what mechanisms are in place for how we deal with our daily circumstances. […]

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