04.23.13

Family Building with Donor Gametes: New Families, New Issues and International Perspectives

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Please find a summary of the recent Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) Law Symposium below. The flier from the event can be found here. Any questions about this event or blog posting can be directed to sonia.allan@deakin.edu.au.

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04.18.13

Student-Led Global Health Impact Report Card Measures Universities’ Commitment to Equitable and Accessible Biomedical Research and Development

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report cardThis post was written by Daniel Hougendobler (Georgetown Global Health LL.M. ’13).  Any questions about this post can be directed to dah93@law.georgetown.edu

Universities play a vital and unique role in the development and equitable dissemination of biomedical innovations.  The recently-released Global Health Impact Report Card, created by Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM), represents the first attempt to measure the impact of individual institutions on biomedical research, development and dissemination.  While the Report Card has received considerable press attention (see, e.g., articles in Lancet, New York Times, and Times of India), these articles tend not to provide a comprehensive overview of the project.  This post attempts to fill this gap by briefly exploring the Report Card’s goals and methodology.

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04.17.13

Tobacco Endgame Strategies: Challenges in Ethics and Law

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F1_mediumLawrence O. Gostin, Faculty Director of the O’Neill Institute and Bryan Thomas, Law Fellow with the O’Neill Institute published a piece, “Tobacco endgame strategies: challenges in ethics and law,” in the May issue of the Tobacco Control.

An abstract of the piece is below as is a link to the complete article. Any questions or comments can be directed to gostin@law.georgetown.edu or bpt11@law.georgetown.edu

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04.11.13

The Fourth Annual Empirical Health Law Conference at Georgetown Law

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Empirical Health Law Conference

Friday, April 19, 2013 * 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM * Room 2000

Eric E. Hotung International Law Building * Georgetown University Law Center

The Fourth Annual Empirical Health Law Conference at Georgetown Law will bring together top scholars to present working papers reflecting the most current set of research projects in the field.  While the subject matters of the papers will vary widely, the conference will focus on the general use of empirical methods to inform health law and policy. Each presentation will be followed by a discussant’s comments and a Q&A period.

RSVP to Alison Woodworth at aew74@law.georgetown.edu or (202) 662-9430 

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04.04.13

Airline ‘Fat Taxes’: The Dilemmas of the ‘Pay as You Weigh’ Airline Pricing Policies

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This post was written by Alberto Alemanno, O’Neill Institute Scholar .  It was originally published at http://albertoalemanno.eu/category/blog. Any questions or comments about this post can be directed to alemanno@hec.fr.

Why most airlines charge your extra-luggage but they do not charge your extra-weight? At a time of high fuel costs and experimental lifestyle regulatory action, economists, business analysts and airline operators begin to play with the idea of ‘pay as you weigh’ pricing.

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If weight is the key concern for an airplane operation, why do most airlines charge you extra-luggage but they do not charge your extra-weight? At a time of high fuel costs and experimental lifestyle regulatory action, economists, business analysts and airline operators begin to play with the idea (and many others).

Although it initially sounded as an April Fool’s Day joke, Samoa Air announced on April 1 that it is ready to initiate a plan to charge passengers according to their body weight. This tiny company is thus set to become the first airline in the world to embrace a ‘pay-as-you-weigh’ pricing policy and charge passengers based on weight rather than per seat.

There’s been talk of charging by this method for a while and some analysts believe this is how we’ll all be paying for future flights. No surprise the provocative CEO of Ryanair, Michael O’Leary, has been flirting with the idea to impose an extra levy on passengers who weigh considerably more than average.

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