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The UN Security Council Should Mobilize an International Force to Contain the West African Ebola Epidemic: A Call to Action

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This post was written by Lawrence O. Gostin, Faculty Director, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, and Sarah Roache, Law Fellow, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law. For more information or questions about this post, please contact Sarah Roache at sar234@georgetown.edu. The West African Ebola epidemic has become a national and […]

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Giving Life to Human Rights Day

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Today is Human Rights Day, the anniversary – this year, the 65th – of the United Nations’ adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December 10, 1948. It is a date well known in human rights circles, but with little recognition from the broader public, at least in the United States. This should […]

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U.N. Is Sued in U.S. Court for Cholera Epidemic in Haiti

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On October 9, 2013, a class action lawsuit was filed in the federal court in the Southern District of New York against the United Nations (U.N.) by the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) and the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti  and on behalf of Haitians and Haitian Americans whose family members or themselves […]

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What Possible Effects Can the Recent United Nations Human Rights Council Resolution Have in Latin American Courts?

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This post was written by Luis Enrique Rosas (Intern at  Mexican Supreme Court), summer research assistant at Georgetown University Law Center. Any comments or questions about this post can be directed to luisenriquerosas@gmail.com. The 23rd session of The United Nations Human Rights Council was held in Vienna on May 27-June 14, 2013. In the session, […]

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Inter-American Commission Grants Precautionary Measures to Save the Life of Beatriz

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 This post was written by Francisco J. Quintana (Legal Intern from Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, and Paula Avila Guillen (Institute Associate) of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law. Any questions or comments about this post can be directed to pa390@law.georgetown.edu. “Beatriz”, a 22-year old woman, is pregnant with an anencephalic fetus. She has been diagnosed with […]

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Malaria Elimination and Eradication: A Look Back at Our 2012 O’Neill Institute Colloquium

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In the spirit of looking back and reviewing the work of the O’Neill Institute, we would like to share two presentations with you from our most recent O’Neill Institute Colloquium, David Bowen, “Malaria Elimination: Politics and Practicalities” and Joel Breman, “Eradicating Malaria: The Holy Grail of Tropical Medicine.”

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U.S. Congressional Briefing “Cholera and the Human Right to Health in Post-Earthquake Haiti”

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In October of 2010, less than ten months after being hit by a devastating earthquake, Haiti experienced a cholera epidemic that quickly spread throughout the small nation. The waterborne disease has now killed at least 7,050 Haitians and sickened over 531,000 others. Meanwhile, nearly half a million earthquake victims remain without adequate housing, and Haitians […]

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World Health Assembly 2011 Outcomes and United Nations AIDS Review Preview

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Will the world’s premier health organization be able to reform itself to revive its global health leadership in the years ahead? Such was undoubtedly the question on the mind of health officials and civil society from around the world as they attended the 64th World Health Assembly (WHA) last month, the World Health Organization’s annual […]

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