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Raymond W. Waggoner Lectureship

Redressing the Unconscionable Health Gap: A Proposal for a Global Plan for Justice

Lawrence Gostin, JD, LLD

Associate Dean & Professor, Law & Global Health, Georgetown University Law School

Linda D. and Timothy J. O’Neill Professor of Global Health Law; Faculty Director, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law; Professor, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Director, Center for Law & the Public’s Health (the WHO/CDC Collaborating Center); and Fellow, Centre for SocioLegal Studies, Oxford University. In addition, Dean Gostin is the Health Law and Ethics Editor, Contributing Writer, and Columnist for the Journal of the American Medical Association. In 2007, the Director General of the World Health Organization appointed Dean Gostin to the International Health Regulations (IHR) Roster of Experts and the Expert Advisory Panel on Mental Health. He has three honorary degrees. In 1994, the Chancellor of the State University of New York conferred an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree. In 2006, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Vice Chancellor awarded Cardiff University’s (Wales) highest honor, an Honorary Fellow. In 2007, the Royal Institute of Public Health designated Dean Gostin as a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Public Health (FRIPH). Dean Gostin, an elected lifetime Member of the Institute of Medicine/National Academy of Sciences, serves on the Board on Health Sciences Policy and the Committee on Science, Technology, and Law. He currently chairs the IOM Committee on Health Informational Privacy, and has chaired Committees on genomics and on prisoner research. The IOM awarded Dean Gostin the Adam Yarmolinsky Medal for distinguished service to further its mission of science and health. He received the Public Health Law Association’s Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award “in recognition of a career devoted to using law to improve the public’s health” presented at the CDC. Dean Gostin has led major law reform initiatives in the U.S., including the drafting of the Model Emergency Health Powers Act (MEHPA) to combat bioterrorism and the “Turning Point” Model State Public Health Act. He is also leading a drafting team on developing a Model Public Health Law for the World Health Organization.Internationally, Dean Gostin received the Rosemary Delbridge Memorial Award from the National Consumer Council (U.K.) for the person “who has most influenced Parliament and government to act for the welfare of society.” He also received the Key to Tohoko University (Japan) for distinguished contributions to human rights in mental health. In the United Kingdom, Lawrence Gostin was the Legal Director of the National Association for Mental Health, Director of the National Council of Civil Liberties (the UK equivalent of the ACLU), and a Fellow at Oxford University. He helped draft the current Mental Health Act (England and Wales) and brought several landmark cases before the European Commission and Court of Human Rights. Dean Gostin’s latest books are: Public Health Law: Power, Duty, Restraint (University of California Press and Milbank Memorial Fund, 2nd ed. Forthcoming 2008); Public Health Ethics: Theory, Policy and Practice (Oxford University Press, 2007); The AIDS Pandemic: Complacency, Injustice, and Unfulfilled Expectations (University of North Carolina Press, 2004); The Human Rights of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities: Different But Equal (Oxford University Press, 2003); Public Health Law and Ethics: A Reader (University of California Press and Milbank Memorial Fund, 2002).


Lawrence Gostin, JD, LLD, Associate Dean & Professor, Law & Global Health, Georgetown University Law School. Lawrence Gostin, JD, LLD presented on "Redressing the Unconscionable Health Gap: A Proposal for a Global Plan for Justice".


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