December 9, 2008 09:57 Age: 5 yrs

Emory Law Introduces Program in Global Public Health Law and Policy

Emory Law announces the creation of its Global Health Law and Policy Project, funded by the Emory Global Health Institute. The project establishes a platform for initiatives across the Emory campus to address issues of global health, and it provides a forum for learning, training and debate about global health issues from a legal and policy perspective.      

“Emory Law’s location in Atlanta, coupled with our unique position within the university and our proximity to major global health organizations such as the CDC affords us many opportunities to explore the critical intersections of health law, policy and ethics,” said Emory Law Dean David F. Partlett. “Through this new project, we can better prepare our students for the challenges facing them as they enter practice in these evolving areas of the law.”

The Global Health Law and Policy Project plans to involve a number of schools and departments at Emory, including the Rollins School of Public Health, the Department of Economics, the Roberto C. Goizueta Business School, the School of Medicine and the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing.

“With the expertise of Emory Law’s faculty and the talent of our students, we have a real opportunity to become a vital part of Emory’s Global Health Initiative as a leader in addressing the legal and policy issues that underlie global health solutions,” said Chad F. Slieper, program director of the Global Health Law and Policy Project.

“From providing students with innovative course and practicum opportunities to creating new faculty research efforts targeting issues of global health law and policy, the Global Health Law and Policy Project is poised to make Emory Law a destination institution for scholars, students and policy makers in global health.”

Slieper, a 2005 graduate of Emory Law, began his appointment in the newly created position of administrative program director in November 2008. Slieper previously worked as a clinical ethicist at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and brings experience in a variety of issues involving health care, biotechnology and bioethics, as well as the planning and development of numerous educational events and programs related to these issues.

The project was introduced this fall with a seminar examining the intersection of patent law with issues of global health and development, taught by Assistant Professor of Law Liza Vertinsky. It will continue with a pilot course on global health law in the spring taught by David J. Bederman, K. H. Gyr Professor in Private International Law. Additional core faculty members include Robert W. Woodruff Professor Martha L.A. Fineman and professors Ani B. Satz and Robert Schapiro.

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