Sunday, November 1, 2015

2016. Announcing the Global School Human Rights Litigation Course. O�Neill Institute & Harvard FXB

Announcing the Global School Human Rights Litigation Course, hosted by the ONeill Institute & Harvard FXB
Announcing the Global School Health Rights Litigation Course, organized by the ONeill Institute & Harvard FXB

The ONeill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University is pleased to announce that it will offer the Global School Health Rights Litigation course in conjunction with Harvard Universitys FXB Center for Health and Human Rights (  going forward.  The course will be co-directed by Alicia Ely Yamin, Policy Director of Harvard FXB, and Oscar Cabrera, Executive Director of the O'Neill Institute.

Harvard FXB is a world leader in building a conceptual basis to advocate for the right to health and for human rights-based approaches to the development of health policy.  It is a tremendous honor and pleasure for the ONeill Institute to undertake this collaboration with Harvard FXB.

The course will be offered annually at the Georgetown University Law Center campus in Washington, DC.  The courses curriculum will change each year, covering new topics that reflect important trends in the area of health rights litigation.  Additional information about the 2016 Global School Health Rights Litigation course can be found below. We welcome your promotion of the course to colleagues and students for whom you believe it might be of interest.

The ONeill Institute and Harvard FXB will host the 2016 Global School Health Rights Litigation course from June 13th - 17th at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC.  This one-week intensive course offers participants an opportunity to develop specialist-level knowledge in relation to litigating health-related rights at the national, regional, and international levels.

During the course, globally renowned experts will lecture on a range topics, including: sexual and reproductive health and rights; rights issues arising in health-care settings; palliative care; approaches to health-care rationing and factors to consider in assessing the equity impacts of judgments; access to medicines and intellectual property; judicial legitimacy in deciding issues with budgetary and policy implications; and judicial effectiveness and impact of judgments. Confirmed instructors include professors from the University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg), Harvard University (USA), and Georgetown University (USA), as well as leading practitioners from Human Rights Watch and the World Bank.

The course is conducted in English, is highly participatory, and uses case-based teaching and group exercises extensively. It will also include a moot court competition, opportunities for networking, and field trips within Washington, DC. Past participants left the course encouraged, enlightened, and well-connected. The course is designed for PhD students, scholars, practitioners (e.g., law, public health, human rights or development), policy-makers, and advanced masters students. The number of participants is restricted, and fellowships are limited.

Applications are available here ( and are due April 1, 2016. Additional information about the course can be found here ( .

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