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10 Resources to Help You Get a Handle on the Ebola Epidemic

This post was written by O’Neill Institute Law Fellows Sarah Roache and Daniel Hougendobler The West African Ebola epidemic is an international public health crisis, and a threat to international security. For so many of us – the public health community, humanitarian and aid organizations, governments, ethicists, policy-makers, and engaged citizens – the epidemic triggers important […]

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Eight Gaps in the International Response to the West African Ebola Crisis Following U.S. Troops and UN Needs Assessment

This post was written by Eric A. Friedman, O’Neill Institute Associate, Lawrence O. Gostin, O’Neill Institute Faculty Director, Sarah Roache, O’Neill Institute Law Fellow and Daniel Hougendobler, O’Neill Institute Law Fellow. For questions or comments about this post please contact Lawrence Gostin at Yesterday, on the same day that the United Nations issued an appeal for […]

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16 years of GMO agriculture – No meaningful health findings in multiple generations of animals

A new study - Prevalence and impacts of genetically engineered feedstuffs on livestock populations - published last week has brought more evidence to the forefront on the safety profile of genetically modified food (aka GMO). Transgenic GMO agriculture was first authorized for use in the United States in 1996. Genetic modification of food through the use of […]

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The UN Security Council Should Mobilize an International Force to Contain the West African Ebola Epidemic: A Call to Action

This post was written by Lawrence O. Gostin, Faculty Director, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, and Sarah Roache, Law Fellow, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law. For more information or questions about this post, please contact Sarah Roache at The West African Ebola epidemic has become a national and […]

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Ebola: The Global Health Tragedy of Our Times and How Law is Essential in Preventing Public Health Catastrophes

By Ana Ayala and Tanya Baytor Despite the World Health Organization (WHO) declaring the Ebola outbreak in West Africa an international public health emergency and mobilizing international assistance to stop further spread of the virus, we continue to see the number of cases and deaths rise, particularly in the countries with the lowest resources, namely […]

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Pandas, pandemics, and public health: A fond farewell to the O’Neill Institute

Once upon a time, in a faraway land, there was a young law student. She felt lost and alone, realizing that she didn’t want to practice at Big Soulless Law Firm, Inc, but unsure about what else to do. She did enjoy her course in public health, however, and wondered if there might be a […]

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WHO Declares Ebola Outbreak in West Africa a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC)

WHO has declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). For more information about IHR procedures when a PHEIC is activated please visit our website and check out World Health Organization IHR i-Course.

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How Many Lawyers Does it Take To Achieve the End of AIDS?

Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, co-chair of the recently concluded 20th International AIDS Conference, believes that “[a]nti-gay laws in Russia, Uganda, Nigeria and other countries around the world will have ‘consequences’ for the continued spread of HIV around the world, potentially dashing hopes of eradicating the virus in the early 21st century.” Apropos to the theme of the […]

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New Report on Key Lessons for LGBT Outreach and Enrollment under the Affordable Care Act

This post originally appeared on Out2Enroll. To learn more please visit or contact Katie Keith at Katie is a former Research Fellow at Georgetown University’s Center on Health Insurance Reforms. She is currently Director of Research at Trimpa Group and a Steering Committee Member of Out2Enroll. Yesterday, Out2Enroll—a nationwide campaign dedicated to connecting […]

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New York’s Ban on Large Sodas Put to Rest in NY’s Highest Court

This post was written by Fernanda Alonso, O’Neill Institute Research Assistant. Comments or questions about this post can be directed to On June 26, 2014, New York’s highest court refused to reinstate New York City’s ban on the sale of large sodas and other sugar drinks. This bill—passed on March 12, 2012 by eight members […]

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