Valentina Castagnari is an associate with the Health and Human Rights Initiative at the O’Neill Institute and an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center.

She has expertise in a variety of areas, particularly human rights and environmental law. The focus of her most recent work as part of the Global Center for Legal Innovation in Food Environments is the prevention of noncommunicable diseases and the regulation of its risk factors, particularly unhealthy diets.

Prior to the O’Neill Institute, she consulted on health-related issues in international organizations, including UNICEF in Argentina. She was a visiting professor at Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, a researcher at the Center for Studies of State and Society (CEDES) with a focus on the study of regulatory interventions to foster the right to food and prevent obesity and noncommunicable diseases, and a member of the Regional Observatory for the Right to Food (ODA-ALC).

She holds an abogada (J.D. equivalent) degree from Universidad de San Andrés in Argentina, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude, and an LL.M. in Global and National Health Law from Georgetown University, where she made the Dean’s list with distinction. She was a recipient of the Global Health Law Scholarship and Healthy Food Law and Policy Student Fellowship.

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