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05.20.19

Today’s Worst International Crimes and How You Can Respond: Part I

By Eric A. Friedman

The gravest of crimes – crimes against humanity, war crimes, genocide itself. Ongoing, perpetrators not held accountable, victims still in desperate need, U.S. complicity, indifference. All continue a long and tragic situation of too little action for crimes that are often too large to truly fathom. All demand that we speak up. And from the […]

Thematic Areas: Health & Human Rights

05.17.19

Epidemiology Makes It to Court: from Tobacco to Herbicides

By Isabel Barbosa

Image courtesy of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University  Can companies be held responsible for cancer caused by their herbicides? Courts have been saying yes, and the latest verdict came from a jury in state court in Oakland, California. Last week, they ordered Bayer to pay more than $2 billion in damages […]

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05.09.19

Business, Human Rights and the Environment

By Isabel Barbosa

Image courtesy of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer The impact of human (and industrial) activity on the environment has been at the core of debates among environmentalists for a long time, but it has also started gaining projection within the human rights space. Last month, for example, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet gave a […]

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Thematic Areas: Health & Human Rights

05.07.19

Health and safety at workplaces: an opportunity for a joint effort

By Laura Norato

Last April 29 was the first official world day for safety and health at work. The International Labor Organization inspired by its centenary anniversary, attempted, with the establishment of this date, to reaffirm the importance of a healthier workforce as a prerequisite for a brighter future of work and a more sustainable development. It was […]

04.24.19

The possibility of 1 day in jail guarantees legal representation. The possibility of death does not.

By Eric A. Friedman

Under the U.S. Constitution’s 6th and 14th Amendments, and as interpreted over the years by the Supreme Court, a person has the right to an attorney if it is possible that they could be sentenced to even a single day in prison. So you would think if a court case could lead, in effect, to […]

04.19.19

JAMA Viewpoint: Increasing US Vaccine Coverage Through Law, Science and Communication

By Johan Marulanda

CONTACT: Karen Teber / km463@georgetown.edu EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: Friday, April 19, 2019; 11 a.m. ET WASHINGTON – Three public health leaders are calling for a multi-pronged approach to restoring the vaccination level needed in the U.S. to ensure herd immunity and prevent disease outbreaks such as the current measles outbreak in New York. Writing in […]

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Thematic Areas: Health & Human Rights

04.09.19

Faculty Director Lawrence Gostin Comments on New York City Public Health Emergency

By Johan Marulanda

The following is a statement by Faculty Director, Lawrence Gostin, on the New York City public health emergency declaration and order for mandatory measles vaccinations targeting certain zip codes.  April 9, 2019 | Mayor De Blasio’s emergency declaration to require measles vaccinations is fully justified to bring the measles outbreaks under control. The city has […]

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Thematic Areas: Health & Human Rights

04.07.19

Submission of an amicus brief to the Inter-American Court in the case of Indigenous Communities belonging to the Lhaka Honhat Association v. Argentina

By Andrés Constantin

The O’Neill Institute jointly with various organizations submitted an amicus curiae to the Inter-American Court in the case of Indigenous Communities belonging to the Lhaka Honhat Association v. Argentina.The document addresses international standards and comparative jurisprudence on demarcation of indigenous territories and Economic, Social, Cultural and Environmental Rights. On March 29, 2019 the Foundation for […]

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Thematic Areas: Health & Human Rights

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