November 23, 2015


In an effort to further extend international educational and research opportunities, the O’Neill Institute is collaborating with three institutions in Asia – two in Seoul, South Korea and one in Taipei, Taiwan.

Oscar Cabrera shaking hands

The institutes share common interests of furthering global health law. “Since our founding, the O’Neill Institute has explored for ways to export our knowledge and seek out unique approaches to solving the worlds most pressing health issues,” says Oscar Cabrera, executive director of the institute. “These newest collaborations complement that effort.”

The three institutes are Ewha Institute for Biomedical Law and Ethics at Ewha Womans University, in Seoul, South Korea, a research center “dedicated to improving legal and ethical standards for health care and biomedical technology;” Institutum Iurisprudentiae, at Academia Sinica in Taipei, Taiwan, whose mission is to advance the development basic legal studies; and the JW LEE Center for Global Medicine at Seoul National University in Seoul, South Korea, which pioneers work “in the field of global cooperation.”

MOU Signing ceremony

All three organizations entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the O’Neill Institute this fall.

As part of the collaboration, the three institutions will engage in activities including collaborative research and exchange of information, the planning of joint conferences, seminars and meetings for education and research, and develop opportunities for the institutions to host adjunct faculty or designated visiting professors.

“Another specific aim is to expose our international colleagues to the O’Neill Institute’s innovative programs examining transnational complex health law issues,” Cabrera says. The O’Neill Institute offers two Master of Laws (LL.M.) programs – one in Global Health Law and a second in Global Health Law and International Institutions (in collaboration with the Graduate Institute in Geneva, Switzerland). Additional information about our educational programs can be found here.

Two people signing documents

The O’Neill Institute collaborates with other international institutions including Tsinghua Health Law Research Center in Beijing, Steve Biko Centre for Bioethics at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, and Fundacion InterAmericana del Corazon in Argentina (FIC Argentina), and the National Taiwan University.


1. Tzu-Yi Lin, Director & Distinguished Research Professor, Institutum Iurisprudentiae, Academica Sinica and Oscar Cabrera, Executive Director & Visiting Professor of Law, O’Neill Institute, Georgetown University

2. Jong-Koo Lee, Director, JW LEE Center for Global Medicine, Seoul National University and Susan Kim, Deputy Director, O’Neill Institute, Georgetown University

3. Yong Min Chang, Director & Professor of Law, Ewha Institute for Biomedical Law & Ethics, Ewha Womans University and Susan Kim, Deputy Director, O’Neill Institute, Georgetown University

The O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University is the premier center for health law, scholarship, and policy. Its mission is to contribute to a more powerful and deeper understanding of the multiple ways in which law can be used to improve the public’s health, using objective evidence as a measure. The O’Neill Institute seeks to advance scholarship, science, research, and teaching that will encourage key decision-makers in the public, private, and civil society to employ the law as a positive tool for enabling more people in the United States and throughout the world to lead healthier lives.