Updating the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program for a New Era: Examining critical issues facing this major program in the domestic HIV response

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UntitledThis post was written by Jeffrey S. Crowley, Distinguished Scholar and Program Director, NationalHIV/AIDS Initiative at the O’Neill Institute.  Questions may be directed to Jeffrey.crowley@law.georgetown.edu.

This is an exciting and dynamic time in responding to the HIV epidemic.  The United States continues to face a very serious epidemic, with 1.1 million Americans living with HIV and roughly 50,000 people who become newly inflected each year, yet recent developments have led many to conclude that we now have the tools to greatly reduce the scope of the epidemic.  Leading policymakers have even begun talking about working toward an AIDS-free generation.

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Accountability and the FCGH at the CUGH conference

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I had the honor to join two luminaries in the health and human rights world on a panel at the annual conference of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health here in Washington, DC, two weeks ago. Sofia Gruskin, probably the first “right to health person” I came across back when I was in law school and first learning about the right to health, long at Harvard’s FXB Center and now at the University of Berkeley, and Joe Amon, who heads Human Rights Watch’s health and human rights program, were part of the CUGH conference panel on “Advancing global health through human rights accountability for a Framework Convention on Global Health.”

They had been recruited by O’Neill Institute Scholar and frequent collaborator Ben Meier, a professor at the University of North Carolina, and himself an astute scholar deeply committed to the right to health. The panel’s aim was to highlight the wide range of options for health and human rights accountability – such as courts, indicators, treaties, social mobilization, investigations and reporting, and public and government engagement. And the panel was intended to share the potential of the Framework Convention on Global Health (FCGH) to advance such accountability. Read More

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Recap of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health Annual Conference in DC March 14 -16

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Conference-2013-postcard-v7-1In partnership with Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Pennsylvania, the Consortium of Universities for Global Health presented its fourth annual conference in Washington, DC on March 14-16, 2013. 

Innovation, Implementation, and Impact was this year’s theme. Co-Chaired by Larry Gostin, faculty director of the O’Neill Institute, the conference convened leading academics, government officials, advocates and activists from around the world and across disciplines to identify the most pressing global health challenges and to apply an introspective lens to encourage continuing dialogue and cross-disciplinary solutions. Conference topics spanned the gamut of global health concerns, paying critical attention to health disparities for women and children, growing income inequality and health issues stemming from violence and conflict-torn regions.

Additional information about the conference can be found at the link below:


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Congregating Global Revulsion Against Genocides, War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity

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Eze Eluchie, Ambassador of Montenegro H.E. Srdjan Darmanovic and José Miguel Vivanco, Executive Director, Human Rights Watch (Americas Division)

This post was written by Eze Eluchie (Georgetown LL.M. ’13).  Eze also organized and participated in the event.  A webcast of this event can be found at http://apps.law.georgetown.edu/webcasts/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=1971.  Any questions about this post or the event can be directed to eie2@georgetown.edu.

The quest to congregate global revulsion against the commission of mass murders, forced enslavement and some of the worst crimes conceivable, received a big boost with the convocation of the 1st International Colloquium on Genocides, War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity, on Friday, March 1st, 2013 at the McDonough Hall of Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC.  The Colloquium was co-sponsored by the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law and the Human Rights Association-Amnesty International, both of Georgetown University and organized by Eze Eluchie (Georgetown LL.M. ’13). Read More

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Health Warnings on Junk Food

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junk foodThis post was written by Alberto Alemanno, O’Neill Institute Scholar and Jean Monnet, Professor of EU Law at HEC Paris.  It was originally published at http://albertoalemanno.eu/category/blog. Any questions or comments about this post can be directed to alemanno@hec.fr.

Chile is set to become the first country in the world to introduce mandatory health warnings on food products. It remains to be seen how this labeling scheme will score under WTO law and in particular the necessity test imposed by the TBT Agreement.

The international community learned last week, on the occasion of the latest meeting of the TBT Committee, Chile’s proposed amendments to its Food Health Regulations — which would place “STOP” signs on junk food.

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