Sam Halabi is the director of the Center for Transformational Health Law and a professor at Georgetown University’s School of Health. He is also an affiliate researcher at its Center for Global Health Science and Security.
Prior to O’Neill, Halabi served as the senior associate vice-president for Health Policy and Ethics at Colorado State University and as a professor at the Colorado School of Public Health. He is the former Manley O. Hudson Professor of Law and director of the Center for Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship at the University of Missouri, where he earned the Husch Blackwell Award for Distinguished Teaching. He has published five books and more than 80 manuscripts in the fields of data sharing, the development and deployment of vaccines in routine and emergency circumstances, liability and indemnity factors affecting private sector participation in emergency response, the philosophy of medicine, international technology transfer, public health ethics, universal health coverage, and vector-borne disease surveillance.
His work on international cooperation and data sharing in epidemic and pandemic preparedness has been supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Resolve to Save Lives, USAID, the Wellcome Trust, the Wilson Center, and the World Health Organization. His work is published in the Georgetown Law Journal, the Harvard International Law Journal, JAMA, the Lancet, the New England Journal of Medicine, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society and the Yale Journal of International Law. Halabi advises or has advised the COVAX Facility, the World Bank, the World Health Organization, the National Foundation for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Global Virome Project, among other national and international organizations.
As the Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Health Law, Policy, and Ethics, he created a comparative framework to analyze the role of states, provinces, and territories in access to health care for First Nations, American Indian, and Alaska Native populations in Canada and the United States.
Previously, he practiced law at the Washington, D.C. office of Latham & Watkins and clerked for Judge Nanette K. Laughrey of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri.
He holds a J.D. from Harvard, an M.Phil. from the University of Oxford, and undergraduate degrees from Kansas State University.