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COVID-19 in 2021: What Lies Ahead?

By Cynthia Sun

The 2020 O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law Colloquium begins this year’s series by reflecting on the greatest public health emergency of the century–the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 has infected over 20 million globally, and taken nearly a million lives. From social distancing, mask requirements, and the shift to virtual learning and work environments, […]



Q&A with Kashish Aneja

By O’Neill Institute

Kashish Aneja is a practicing lawyer in New Delhi, and an international legal consultant specializing in Global Health Law. Currently, he’s consulting for the O’Neill Institute, and over the past 2 years, he worked in different capacities for the World Health Organization (WHO), Centre for Reproductive Rights and GAVI the Vaccine Alliance. 1. What drew […]



Racially-Driven Police Violence is a Human Rights Violation

By Sarah Wetter

This post was written by Erica White, Intern, O’Neill Institute, and JD Candidate, ASU Law; and Sarah Wetter, Law Fellow, O’Neill Institute. On June 15, 2020 the United Nations Human Rights Council convened for the first time after a three-month long hiatus necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Council focused on a major threat to […]


A Post-COVID-19 Global Health Infrastructure, Part II: Health Equity Programs of Action

By Eric A. Friedman

  Today’s existing global health arrangements failed to stop COVID-19 from so far infecting more than 16 million people – and fast rising – and killing more than 600,000 – a toll rising by thousands every day, and with both infections and deaths likely drastically underreported. Of course, even before COVID-19, the global heath infrastructure […]


A wolf in sheep’s clothing: the food and beverage industry and our ability to respond to health challenges

By Isabel Barbosa

Image courtesy of the New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Genitourinary (GU) Oncology Program Since the Covid-19 pandemic took over the world, the food and beverage industry has been raising its profile by engaging in highly publicized donations. Last month, for example, Coca-Cola announced that they were “supporting communities and health professionals” by “donating over 2.5 million liters […]



How the WHO Provides Unique Value in an Epidemic Crisis

By O’Neill Institute

This blog post was written by Adi Radhakrishnan. Main Point: Current critiques of the World Health Organization fail to appreciate its formal structure as a member state-based institution, its practical constraints in acting as a supranational authority, and the enduring value of its legitimacy in sharing normative technical information in a crisis. As the COVID-19 […]



COVID’s Constitutional Conundrum

By O’Neill Institute

This blog post was written by James G. Hodge, Jr., J.D., LL.M. and Hanna Reinke. Extant threats of the COVID-19 pandemic extend well beyond the health of Americans. Unprecedented emergency legal preparedness and response efforts to quell the pandemic are testing core legal foundations globally. In the United States, federally-declared dual states of general emergency […]




By Laura Norato

Women globally are facing a high burden during the crisis raised by the COVID-19 pandemic. In the U.S., women account for 52% of the essential workers, 78% of social workers, and 77% of health care workers. At home, things aren’t different. Women are more likely to be in charge of the sick, minors, and elders, […]


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