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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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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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.


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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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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