Sarah Roache is a contractor at the World Health Organization (WHO).
Formerly, Roache was the director of the Health Law and Capacity Building Initiatives at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University Law Center. In this position, Roache oversaw Georgetown Law’s health law LL.M. and certificate programs, the graduate health law curriculum, and training opportunities for lawyers and government officials working at the intersection of law and health.
Roache’s expertise includes human rights law, litigation, and international and comparative regulatory approaches to improving public health. She partners with the World Health Organization and NGOs to advance the use of law to reduce tobacco and alcohol use and to promote healthy diets and physical activity. Prior to joining the O’Neill Institute, Roache worked as a complex class action litigator, representing victims of tobacco-related diseases and thalidomide survivors. She also has experience as a social and legal policy adviser to governments and NGOs, including formulating best practice domestic implementation of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.
Roache holds an LL.M. in global health law from Georgetown University, where she received the Thomas Bradbury Chetwood, S.J. Prize for the most distinguished academic record. She also holds an LL.B. and a B.A. in political science from the University of Melbourne, Australia. She is admitted to the New York Bar and to the Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia.