We gratefully acknowledge the Small Grant awarded by the UCL Grand Challenge of Global Health in support of this colloquium.

UCL Current Legal Issues Colloquium 2012 - Law and Global Health
2 - 3 July 2012

Obijiofor Aginam Obijiofor AginamObi Aginam is Senior Academic Programme Officer at the United Nations University. Before joining the UNU Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP), he held a tenured academic position as Associate Professor of Law at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, where he taught and researched emerging global issues that cut across globalization, global governance of health and environmental issues, South-North relations, international organizations, and Third World Approaches to International Law.

Regulatory and governance approaches to emerging and re-emerging global environmental and health issues are the major focus of Dr. Aginam’s research. He has held numerous research fellowships and won major competitive research grants on global environmental and health governance topics focusing on the impact of these global issues on “Third World” peoples and societies. He researches natural resource management and conflicts in developing countries focusing on the role of Transnational Corporations in the pursuit of sustainable development, governance and transparency in the extractive industry sectors of resource-rich African and Latin American countries.

He has been a consultant for many international organizations including the World Health Organization on aspects of trade and global health, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) on the regulatory framework for food safety, food security, biotechnology and biodiversity in developing countries. In the latter capacity, he worked as a member of the FAO Expert Legal and Policy Group on the review of intellectual property rights, food safety laws, and sanitary and phyto-sanitary measures in Bangladesh and other developing and least-developed country Member-States of the FAO.

George Annas George AnnasGeorge Annas is the William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Law, Bioethics & Human Rights of Boston University School of Public Health, and Professor in the Boston University School of Medicine, and School of Law. He is the cofounder of Global Lawyers and Physicians, a transnational professional association of lawyers and physicians working together to promote human rights and health. He has degrees from Harvard College (A.B. economics, '67), Harvard Law School (J.D. '70) and Harvard School of Public Health (M.P.H. '72), where he was a Joseph P. Kennedy Fellow in Medical Ethics. After graduating from law school, he clerked for Justice John V. Spalding of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, and came to Boston University in 1972 as the Director of the Center for Law and Health Sciences at the law school.

Professor Annas is the author or editor of sixteen books on health law and bioethics, including American Bioethics: Crossing Human Rights and Health Law Boundaries (2005), The Rights of Patients (3d ed. 2004), Some Choice: Law, Medicine, and the Market (1999), Standard of Care: The Law of American Bioethics (l993), and Judging Medicine (1987), and a play, entitled "Shelley's Brain," that has been presented to bioethics audiences across the U.S. and in Australia. Professor Annas has been called "the father of patient rights," "the doyen of American medico-legal analysts," and a "national treasure." Professor Annas wrote a regular feature on "law and bioethics" for the Hastings Center Report from 1976 to 199l, and a regular feature on "Public Health and the Law" in the American Journal of Public Health from 1982 to 1992 and since 1991 has written a regular feature on "Legal Issues in Medicine" for the New England Journal of Medicine, now under the title "Health Law, Ethics, and Human Rights." 

Richard Ashcroft Richard AshcroftProfessor Richard Ashcroft teaches medical law and ethics at both undergraduate and postgraduate level in the Department of Law at Queen Mary, University of London.Previously he was Professor of Biomedical Ethics in the School of Medicine and Dentistry, and before that he worked at Imperial College London, Bristol University and Liverpool University.

Professor Ashcroft is Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of Incentives in Health, funded by the Wellcome Trust, with partners at Kings College London and the London School of Economics. He is also working on the role of human rights theory, law and practice in bioethics policy, and on ethical challenges in public health. He has a longstanding interest in biomedical research ethics. Professor Ashcroft won a share of a £850,000 Wellcome Trust Strategic Award in Biomedical Ethics .

He trained in History and Philosophy of Science at Cambridge University, completing a PhD thesis on ethics in scientific research, and subsequently was a Research Fellow in Philosophy at Liverpool University, Lecturer in Ethics in Medicine at Bristol University, and Lecturer (eventually Reader and Head of the Ethics Unit) at Imperial College London. Before joining the School of Law, he was Professor of Biomedical Ethics in the School of Medicine and Dentistry. In 2005 he held an Australian Bicentennial Fellowship, visiting the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the University of Melbourne. He is an honorary research fellow at the Centre for Ethics in Medicine, Bristol University and a fellow of the ETHOX Centre, Oxford University.

He is a Deputy Editor of the Journal of Medical Ethics, and serves on the editorial boards of a number of other journals, including Bioethics, Developing World Bioethics, Biosocieties, Health Care Analysis and Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences. He is a member of the Ethics and Policy Advisory Committee of the Medical Research Council, Director of the Appointing Authority for Phase I Ethics Committees and a member of the Royal College of Physicians working party on tobacco.

Jacquineau Azetsop Jacquineau Azétsop obtained his PhD in social and religious ethics at Boston College in Dec 2007, Massachusetts/USA and a Masters in Public Health (MPH) at the Bloomberg School of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore in May 2008, USA. Currently, he is a lecturer in health policy, medical deontology and bioethics at Faculté des Sciences Médicales de l'Université de N'djamena in Chad. Dr. Jacquineau has published on public health ethics and bioethics topics in Developing World Bioethics, Public Health Ethics; Philosophy, Ethics and Humanities in Medicine; and Concilium. Dr Jacquineau has also authored a book entitled: Structural violence, population health and health equity: preferential option for the poor and the bioethics of health equity.
Belinda Bennett
(Colloquium Convenor)
Belinda BennettBelinda Bennett is Professor of Health and Medical Law at the University of Sydney. Her research has focused on the development of regulatory responses to new technologies in health care and the interface between health law and globalisation. Her publications include Health Law’s Kaleidoscope: Health Law Rights in a Global Age (Ashgate Publishing 2008); Belinda Bennett, Terry Carney and Isabel Karpin (eds) Brave New World of Health (Federation Press 2008), and Belinda Bennett and George Tomossy (eds) Globalization and Health: Challenges for Health Law and Bioethics (Springer 2006).
Hazel Biggs Hazel BiggsHazel Biggs is Professor of Law at the University of Southampton. Hazel received her first degree from the University of Kent after working for several years as a radiographer and ultrasonographer in the National Health Service. Her PhD thesis examined legal and ethical aspects of euthanasia and formed the basis of her first book, Euthanasia, Death with Dignity and the Law (2001).

Alongside her university activities Hazel has been involved with NHS Research Ethics Committees since 1998. She was Chair of East Kent LREC and the Metropolitan Multi-Centre Research Ethics Committee. She is also involved with education and training for members of research ethics committees and the medical research community. She became a member of the board of Research Ethics Review in 2005 and is currently a member of the editorial board of Medical Law Review.

Medical law and bioethics form the main focus of Hazel’s research, with particular emphasis on end of life decision-making, human reproduction and the beginning of life, and the ethics and law of clinical research. Her research takes a socio-legal approach and typically adopts a feminist perspective, broadly construed.  

M. Gregg Bloche Gregg BlocheM. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D., is Professor of Law at Georgetown University and author of The Hippocratic Myth: Why Doctors Are Under Pressure to Ration Care, Practice Politics, and Compromise Their Promise to Heal. He is a nationally and internationally recognized expert on health law and policy. Bloche’s writing has appeared in a wide range of venues, including the New England Journal of Medicine, Health Affairs and the Journal of the American Medical Association; leading law reviews; and the New York Times, Washington Post, & other media outlets. He has also been a frequent commentator in national broadcast media. He was a health care advisor to President Obama’s 2008 campaign, as well as the presidential transition, and he spoke frequently for the campaign as a “surrogate.” Bloche has held teaching and research appointments at the University of Chicago, UCLA, and Columbia law schools, as well as the Brookings Institution, and the Harvard School of Public Health. He is a graduate of the law and medical schools at Yale, and he completed a residency in psychiatry at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York. His awards and honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Robert Wood Johnson Investigator Award in Health Policy Research. Bloche serves on several editorial boards and has advised governments and non-profits in the U.S. and abroad on a wide range of health policy issues. He lives in Washington, D.C.  
Paula Braveman Paula BravemanProfessor of Family and Community Medicine
Director, Center on Social Disparities in Health
University of California, San Francisco
Judith Bueno de Mesquita Judith Bueno de Mesquita is a Lecturer in the Law School, University of Essex. She is also a Member of the Human Rights Centre, and represents it on the Steering Committee of the International Initiative on Maternal Mortality and Human Rights. From 2009-2011, she worked as a consultant on human rights and sexual and reproductive health with the Department of Reproductive Health and Research, World Health Organization. From 2001-2008, Judith was a Senior Research Officer in the Human Rights Centre, University of Essex, where she provided research support to Professor Paul Hunt in his capacity as UN Special Rapporteur on the right to the highest attainable standard of health (2002-2008) and Rapporteur of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (2001-2002). During this time, she taught on the courses on economic, social and cultural rights, and human rights and development, which are part of the LLM in International Human Rights Law. Judith has also worked as a consultant and in other similar capacities with, amongst others: Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, UNICEF, OHCHR, DFID, International Planned Parenthood Federation, and MedAct. Her teaching, research and publications focus on sexual and reproductive health and human rights and economic, social and cultural rights.  
Scott Burris Scott BurrisScott Burris, J.D., is a Professor of Law at Temple Law School, where he directs the Center for Health Law, Policy and Practice, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Public Health Law Research program. He is also Associate Director of the Centers for Law and the Public's Health: A Collaborative at Johns Hopkins and Georgetown Universities.

Burris began his career in public health law during the early days of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. He was the editor of the first systematic legal analysis of HIV in the United States, AIDS and the Law: A Guide for the Public (Yale University Press, 1987; New Guide for the Public published 1993), and spent several years lobbying and litigating on behalf of people with HIV as an attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union. Since joining the Temple faculty in 1991, his research has focused on how law influences public health [current research/interests] and health behavior.

He is the author of over 100 books, book chapters, articles and reports on issues including discrimination against people with HIV and other disabilities; HIV policy; research ethics; and the health effects of criminal law and drug policy. His current research topics include health governance, the regulation of sexual behavior, harm reduction and human research subject protection. He has been particularly interested in developing theory and methods aimed at promoting effective local health governance. His work has been supported by organizations including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Open Society Institute, the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

He has served as a consultant on public health law with organizations ranging from the United Nations Development Programme and the American Psychological Association to the Institute of Medicine and the producers of the Oscar-winning film Philadelphia. He is a member of the Law, Policy and Ethics Core of the Center for Interdiscplinary Research on AIDS at Yale, and serves as an advisor to the Tsinghua University AIDS Institute, the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences Research Center for HIV/AIDS Public Policy and the Program in Bioethics at Monash University. Burris is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and the Yale Law School. 

Kent Buse UNAIDS
Carlos Càceres CaceresMedical doctor and Dr Càceres is a Medical Doctor and Professor at the School of Public Health and Administration "Carlos Vidal Layseca" at Cayetano Heredia Peruvian University, and coordinates the Integrated Program of Studies in Gender, Sexuality and Reproductive Health at the UN Aids High Level Commission on HIV Prevention. He obtained his doctorate in public health at the University of California, Berkeley. He is currently Principal Professor of Public Health at Cayetano Heredia University, Lima, where he conducts research on sexualities, health and sexual rights, and coordinates the Masters Program in Gender Sexuality and Reproductive Health. He is also a researcher at the Center for the AIDS Prevention Studies at the University of California, San Francisco, and a member of the HIV/AIDS Epidemiology Network for Latin America and the Caribbean. Besides, Dr. Caceres is currently President of the International Association for the Study of Sexuality and Culture in Society Board.
Terry Carney Terry CarneyTerry Carney is Professor of Law at the University of Sydney (1991-), specialising in welfare law. A former head of school (1992-1995) he is currently Director of Research in the Faculty and a past chair of the Research committee of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. He is a Board member and Immediate Past President (President 2005-2007) and former General Secretary of the International Academy of Law and Mental Health, and a past chair both of the Australian government's National Advisory Council on Social Welfare and the Board of the Institute of Family Studies. The Australian reporter to the Max Planck Institute on Foreign and International Social Law (Munich), he serves on the Editorial Board of journals such as the International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, Current Issues in Criminal Justice, and the Elder Law Review, and on Kluwer's International Library of Ethics, Law and the New Medicine. In 2005 he was the recipient of the University of Sydney Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Higher Degree Supervision.

The author of nearly a dozen books/monographs and around a hundred academic papers, he is currently working on a three year Australian Research Council funded Linkage study of Mental Health Tribunals, to assess the way they balance fairness, freedom, protection and right to treatment. An ARC Discovery grant funded study of the regulation of compulsory treatment of anorexia nervosa is reported in the book: Carney, T., Tait, D., Touyz, S., Ingvarson, M., Saunders, D., & Wakefield, A. Eating Disorders: Social Perspectives in Treatment and Management. New York: Nova Science).

Professor Carney has chaired various Government enquiries (including Victorian enquiries on Child Welfare Practice and Legislation (1982-84), on Health Law (1986-1987)) and was a member of Australia's pioneering enquiry into Adult guardianship (1980-1982). He oversaw the writing of the Social Security Act 1991 (Cth) and is the longest serving member of the Social Security Appeals Tribunal. He was also a founding Director of the National Children and Youth Law Centre (1992-2003). 

William C. Cockerham & William C. Cockerham, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Sociology, University of Alabama at Birmingham  
Geoffrey B. Cockerham Geoffrey B. Cockerham, J.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Political Science, Utah Valley University
John Coggon

John Coggon is a Research Fellow Institute for Science, Ethics, and Innovation School of Law, University of Manchester .

John Coggon studied for his LLB in Law at the University of Sussex, and for his PhD in Law at Cardiff University. His doctoral study considered law, ethics, and policy with regard to end-of-life decision-making, and was supervised by Soren Holm. During his time in Cardiff, John won the 2006 Mark S Ehrenreich Prize in Healthcare Ethics Research, awarded by the Pacific Center for Health Policy and Ethics at the University of Southern California, in conjunction with the International Association of Bioethics. The prize was for John's work on autonomy, now published in the journal Health Care Analysis.

From September 2007 to September 2010, John was a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, working on a monograph on public health, which considers the prevalent normative issues in the distribution of state and individual responsibilities for health. The project, published as a book entitled "What Makes Health Public?" (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012), involves a detailed overview of core concepts in public health ethics and law, analysis of distinct evaluative models advanced to test the propriety of actual and potential public health initiatives, and works towards a defensible and effective theory of political liberalism that can be applied in the evaluation of regulatory measures and arguments concerning public health.

Currently John is a Research Fellow in the Institute for Science, Ethics, and Innovation. His fellowship forms a part of the Institute's Wellcome funded project "The Human Body: Its Scope, Limits, and Future." John's research continues to focus on issues in public health, expanding into global health, and basing itself particularly in the methodology, and enhancement, ability, and disability strands of the Wellcome Strategic Programme in Manchester.

John has published in leading law, medicine, and ethics journals, and also conducts peer-review for such journals. He is Editor of the Health, Welfare, and Political Theory Section of the Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, an International Associate Editor of the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, for which he makes regular contributions to the Recent Developments section (see publication list), is Book Review Editor of the European Journal of Health Law, and is on the editorial board of Health Care Analysis. He is a member of the ethics committee of the British Medical Journal, and from 2007-2011 was Convenor of the Medical Law section of the Society of Legal Scholars.

Jeff Collin Jeff CollinDr Jeff Collin is the Director of the Global Public Health Unit, University of Edinburgh. A political scientist by background, he was previously based at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

His research currently focuses on globalisation and tobacco control. Using corporate documents disclosed following litigation, this work analyses attempts by transnational tobacco companies to influence the public policy process, particularly in developing countries. Additional research interests include developments in global health governance and the health impacts of population mobility and of trade liberalisation.

Anthony Costello Anthony CostelloAnthony Costello is Professor of International Child Health at the UCL Institute of Child Health, and Director of the UCL Institute for Global Health. His areas of scientific expertise include the evaluation of community interventions to reduce maternal and newborn mortality, neonatal paediatrics, women’s groups, the cost-effectiveness of interventions, nutritional supplementation and international aid for maternal and child health. He has also contributed to papers on health economics, health systems, child development, nutrition and infectious disease, and managing the health effects of climate change. He directs programme and project grants funded by the UK Department for International Development, the Wellcome Trust, Saving Newborn Lives Initiative, WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, the Big Lottery Fund and the Health Foundation. He has also provided consultancy for Save the Children Fund, the World Bank, WHO, DFID, USAID, UNDP and Saving Newborn Lives. He is a founding board member of Women and Children First, a UK based NGO which implements maternal and child health programmes in poor populations. Currently he is an Honorary Consultant Paediatrician at Great Ormond Street Hospital and at the UCL Hospital for Tropical Diseases, holds Fellowships of the Academy of Medical Sciences, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, and of the Royal College of Physicians, and formerly was a vice-President of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

In April 2011 Anthony was awarded the James Spence Medal, the highest honour of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. This medal commemorates Sir James Spence (1892-1954) who was Professor of Child Health at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and who founded and developed the British Paediatric Association. The award is made for outstanding contributions to paediatrics and child health.

Sylvie Da Lomba Dr Sylvie Da Lomba is a lecturer at the University of Strathclyde. She researches in the areas of immigration, asylum and human rights. She has published on the subjects of rights for irregular migrants and asylum seekers, refugee integration and asylum law and policy. Her current research is concerned with the interface between asylum and immigration laws and policies, rights and membership. Much of her research takes a comparative approach. For example, she has looked at the question of access to health care for irregular migrants in the United Kingdom, France and Canada.
Angus Dawson Angus DawsonAngus Dawson is Professor of Public Health Ethics and Head of Medicine, Ethics, Society & History (MESH) at the University of Birmingham.

Angus has published extensively on many issues in bioethics. In recent years he has been particularly focused on public health ethics (e.g. vaccinations and issues related to lifestyle choices) and the use of empirical evidence in moral arguments (e.g. in relation to problems in gaining informed consent in clinical trials). x

Angus has many collaborative research projects across the world, with particularly strong ties with Canada, India, Sri Lanka, Taiwan and the US. He is joint Editor-in-Chief of the journal Public Health Ethics and joint coordinator of the International Association of Bioethics’ Public Health Ethics Network (InterPHEN).  

Michal Engelman MIchal EngelmanMichal Engelman is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Chicago. Michal Engelman is a demographer and gerontologist studying the dynamics of population aging and the determinants of longevity and well being at older ages. She is particularly interested in understanding trajectories of health throughout the life course and their connection with changing aggregate patterns of mortality and morbidity over time. Her work explores the factors that differentiate individual health histories and shape population trends.

Engelman’s research has three areas of focus: mortality changes during periods of demographic and epidemiologic transitions, aging in the context of economic and social change, and life course factors which contribute to health disparities. She is currently analyzing the implications of historical population change for contemporary health inequalities and developing a conceptual framework linking demographic and clinical notions of frailty and resilience with the sociological concept of cumulative disadvantage.

Engelman’s scholarship engages with theories in formal demography and social gerontology and applies mathematical and statistical methods to examine increasingly heterogeneous older populations in a variety of international settings.

Thomas Faunce Thomas FaunceThomas Faunce is a Professor, jointly in ANU College of Law and College of Medicine, Biology and the Environment, Australian National University

Professor Thomas Faunce is an ARC Future Fellow (2010-2013). Project Director, ARC Discovery Project Grants on (1) Impact of International Trade Agreements on Access to Medicines in Australia (2005-2007) (2) Regulating Nanomedicine Safety and Cost-effectiveness (2007-2009) (3) Detecting Fraud in Australian Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Industries (2010-2012). Also a chief investigator on an ARC Discovery Grant on developing Australia's legal response to military and security applications of nanotechnology (2011-2013).Judges Associate to Mr Justice Lionel Murphy (High Court of Australia) 1983. Barrister and Solicitor Mallesons Stephen Jaques (Canberra) 1984-1985). Solicitor Freehill Hollingdale and Page (Sydney) 1985-1988. Senior Registrar Intensive Care The Alfred Hospital (Melbourne) 2002-2003.

Charles Foster

Charles FosterCharles Foster is an Ethox Research Association at The Ethox Centre, University of Oxford, and Green Templeton College, University of Oxford

Charles Foster is a barrister specialising in medical law, and a Fellow of Green Templeton College. He has been involved in many of the leading cases in medical law including, recently, the assisted suicide litigation in the House of Lords. His academic interests lie particularly in the fields of consent to treatment and the withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment

Sara Fovargue Sara FovargueDr Sara Fovargue is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Lancaster. Her research largely centres around two areas, biotechnology and reproduction, and she is particularly interested in xenotransplantation. Themes within her work include autonomy, risk, regulation, and the relationship between law and ethics. Her research explores legal and ethical aspects of clinical research, regulation and risk, and she has published on the legal regulation of xenotransplantation, and issues surrounding consenting to risk. She is also interested in decision making processes and practices with regard to the 'vulnerable'.
Michael Freeman
(Colloquium Convenor)
Professor MIchael FreemanMichael Freeman is Emeritus Professor of English Law at UCL. He retired recently after 42 years at UCL.He is a FBA, a Fellow of UCL and a Fellow of Gray's Inn. He has authored or edited nearly 80 books, including Introduction to Jurisprudence ,now in its 8th edItion ,The Rights and Wrongs of Children , The Moral Status Of Children ,The legal Structure, Understanding Family Law. He is the Editor of International Journal of Law in Context [with Carrie Menkel--Meadow ] and of the International Journal of Children's Rights. He is the General Editor of the International Library of Medicine ,Ethics ,and Law. He is the editor of three volumes in this series including The Ethics of Public Health. He was the first foreign lawyer to represent a dissident in a Soviet court. 
Lawrence O. Gostin Lawrence O GostinLawrence O. Gostin, an internationally acclaimed scholar, is the Linda D. and Timothy J. O’Neill Professor of Global Health Law at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he directs the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law. Prof. Gostin is the Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center on Public Health Law and Human Rights. He served as Associate Dean for Research at Georgetown Law, 2004-2008. He is also Professor of Public Health at the Johns Hopkins University and Director of the Center for Law & the Public’s Health at Johns Hopkins and Georgetown Universities.

Prof. Gostin serves on the Director-General’s Advisory Committee on Reforming the World Health Organization. In 2007, the WHO Director-General appointed Prof. Gostin to the International Health Regulations (IHR) Roster of Experts and the Expert Advisory Panel on Mental Health.

Prof. Gostin holds numerous editorial appointments in prestigious academic journals throughout the world. His principal position is the Health Law and Ethics Editor, Contributing Writer, and Columnist for the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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.

Prof. Gostin’s latest books are: Public Health Law and Ethics: A Reader (University of California Press, 2nd ed., 2010); Public Health Law: Power, Duty, Restraint (University of California Press, 2nd ed. 2008); Principles of Mental Health Law & Practice (Oxford University Press, 2010). He is currently working on a book for Harvard University Press, entitled: Global Health Law: International Law, Global Institutions, and World Health.

Sofia Gruskin Sofia GruskinSofia Gruskin directs the Program on Global Health and Human Rights at the USC Institute for Global Health, and holds appointments as Professor of Preventive Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine and as Professor of Law and Preventive Medicine at the Gould School of Law. A pioneer in global health, Professor Gruskin was previously at the Harvard School of Public Health’s Department of Global Health and Population, where she was an Associate Professor, Director of the Program on International Health and Human Rights, and Co-Director of the Interdepartmental Program on Women, Gender and Health. Her work has been instrumental in the conceptual, methodological, policy and practice development of linking health and human rights, with a focus on HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health, child and adolescent health, gender-based violence and health systems. Current partners include the World Health Organization, the United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Amnesty International, Merck Company Foundation, Open Society Institute, and local organizations in Brazil, Kenya and Vietnam. She was recently appointed to the Institute of Medicine's Committee for the Outcome and Impact Evaluation of Global HIV/AIDS Programs Implemented Under the Lantos/Hyde Act of 2008 (PEPFAR), and is a member of the Technical Advisory Group of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law and the UNAIDS Monitoring and Evaluation Reference Group. Professor Gruskin is Adjunct Professor of Global Health at the Harvard School of Pubic Health and an associate editor for The American Journal of Public Health, Global Public Health, and Reproductive Health Matters.
John Harrington JOhn HArringtonJohn Harrington LL.B. (Dublin) BCL (Oxon) is Professor of Law at the University of Liverpool and was until 2010 Director of the Institute of Medicine, Law and Bioethics there. He is currently on leave in East Africa and conducting research on patterns of change in health law in the region under the influence of developments in international law and global health governance. During this period he holds a Senior Research Fellowship at the British Institute in Eastern Africa and a Visiting Fellowship at the African Population and Health Research Centre, both in Nairobi, Kenya.
Sarah Hawkes
(Colloquium Convenor)
Sarah HawkesReader in Global Health in the Centre for International Health and Development Department at UCL's Institute of Child Health.

Sarah is trained in sociology and medicine at UCL, and a PhD in epidemiology of STIs/RTIs in Bangladesh at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Sarah has lived and worked for most of the past 15 years in south Asia (Bangladesh, India and Pakistan), where she has focused on gathering evidence and building capacity for sexual health programmes. She works closely with national Governments (Pakistan, India, China) as well as with local and international NGOs in south Asia. With colleagues at the World Health Organization, Sarah is responsible for the co-ordination of a global investment case to eliminate congenital syphilis. She has a particular interest in gender and sexual health, and is especially interested in understanding men's sexual health in south Asia.

Mark Henaghan Mark HenaghanProfessor Mark Henaghan is Dean of Faculty of Law, University of Otago  

Mark is a leading NZ authority involved in the cutting edge of international developments in family law. In addition to publishing both nationally and internationally in his specialist area, Mark is frequently called upon by the New Zealand media for his expertise in family law.

Professor Henaghan is on the editorial boards of Child and Family Law Quarterly; the leading United Kingdom journal on children's issues and The International Journal of Human Rights; the leading United Kingdom journal on human rights. Mark's recent projects include his role as Principal Investigator for the Human Genome Research Project, Te Kaupapa Rangahau Ira Tangata - Law, Ethics and Policy for the Future, sponsored by the New Zealand Law Foundation. Mark is currently collaborating with researchers from Australia and the United Kingdom in the international study of family relocation cases and the impact on the parties and their children.

Jonathan Herring Jonathan HerringJonathan Herring is a Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Oxford, and a Fellow at Exeter College, University of Oxford  

Jonathan Herring has written on criminal, family and medical law. He focuses on how the law interacts with the important things in life: not money, companies or insurance; but love, friendship and intimacy. In his work he seeks to develop ways in the law can recognise and value the goods in activities such as carework and sex, while protecting people from the harms that so often result. Criminal Law Jonathan Herring has written two best-selling textbooks on criminal law. He has researched the law on sexual offences, crimes against corpses and failures of parents to protect children from death. Elder Law Jonathan Herring has written a leading monograph on the law’s treatment of older people. He has also published on legal issues surrounding dementia. Family Law Jonathan Herring has written a popular textbook in this subject and has edited several books on theoretical issues in family law. He has examined the way the law balances the interests and rights of children and parents. He has also analyzed legal disputes over contact between children and parents and issues surrounding children's rights. He is a member of the editorial board for the Family Court Reports and is an editor for the Child and Family Law Quarterly. Medical Law Jonathan Herring has written a leading textbook on this subject. He has written on the regulation of pregnancy and enforced medical treatment. He has also co-authored with Dr P-L Chau a series of papers on the medical and legal definition of sex, with particular consideration of intersex people and issues surrounding human cloning. He has also written on the ownership of body parts and bodily fluids, as part of a project for the Cambridge Socio-Legal Group. He is currently working on legal issues surrounding carers.
Mark Heywood Mark HeywoodMark Heywood is the Executive Director of SECTION27. SECTION27 was established in May 2010. It incorporates the AIDS Law Project (ALP), one of South Africa’s most successful post-apartheid human rights organizations. SECTION27 is a public interest law center that seeks to influence, develop and use the law to protect, promote and advance human rights. Mr. Heywood grew up in Nigeria, Ghana, Botswana and England. He holds a BA (Hons) in English Language and Literature from Balliol College, Oxford University. After graduating from Oxford in 1986, he worked for the Marxist Workers Tendency of the ANC, first in London and then from 1989 to 1994 in South Africa. During this time he was instrumental in setting up campaigns such as the Philemon Mauku Defence Campaign, the Leeukop Political Prisoners Support Committee and the Johannesburg Inner City Community Forum. He also did an MA in African literature at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, and lectured and wrote on the influences of Shakespeare on African writing and politics in South Africa. Mr. Heywood joined the ALP in 1994, becoming its head in 1997 and executive director in 2006. In 1998, he was one of the founders of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC). In 2007, he was elected as deputy chairperson of the South African National AIDS Council. He is also the current chairperson of the UNAIDS Reference Group on HIV/AIDS and Human Rights. In 2009, Mr. Heywood was appointed as a member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on National Health Insurance. Mr. Heywood has written extensively on HIV, human rights and the law, including co-editing the AIDS and the Law Resource Manual and Health & Democracy: A guide to human rights, health law and policy in post-Apartheid South Africa. He has been part of the legal teams of the ALP and TAC that have been involved in all the major litigation around HIV and human rights.
Stephen Holland Stpehen HOllandStephen is a Senior Lecturer in two departments at the University of York, Philosophy and Health Sciences. His main research interests are at the interface of philosophy, ethics, and health care. He published Bioethics: A Philosophical Introduction in 2003, and Public Health Ethics in 2007, both by Polity Press. Stephen edited an anthology, Arguing About Bioethics, for Routledge which is about to be published, and is currently preparing the second edition of Public Health Ethics
Caroline Jones Caroline JonesCaroline joined the School of Law at Southampton as a lecturer in 2003 and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2010. Pre-2003 she tutored and lectured part-time at Lancaster University whilst researching her PhD. Her thesis, entitled ‘Figuring the family: late twentieth-century accounts of lived experience and legal discourse around licensed donor insemination in Britain', provided a qualitative analysis of this under-researched field; and it was published as a monograph by Edwin Mellen Press in 2007. She retains a strong interest in socio-legal research, including empirical research (especially qualitative methods), and participated in the national ESRC RDI programme, Building Capacity in Empirical Socio-Legal Research, at Liverpool Law School, between September 2008 and December 2009.

In 2005, with Jonathan Montgomery, she founded HEAL UoS - the Health Ethics and Law network at the University of Southampton. HEAL is now co-directed by Caroline, Hazel Biggs and Jonathan; this year they secured funding from the Modern Law Review seminar series fund for a project on the role of test case litigation in the development of Health Care Law. She is a member of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Family Justice Council; BSA Human Reproduction Study Group; Socio-Legal Studies Association; and the Society of Legal Scholars. 

Jeffrey Kahn, PhD, MPH Jeffrey KahnIn August 2011 Jeffrey Kahn was appointed as the inaugural Robert Henry Levi and Ryda Hecht Levi Professor of Bioethics and Public Policy at the Johns Hopkins University Berman Institute of Bioethics. Prior to joining the faculty at Johns Hopkins, Prof. Kahn was Director and Professor in the Center for Bioethics at the University of Minnesota, positions he held from 1996-2011. He works in a variety of areas of bioethics, exploring the intersection of ethics and health/science policy, including research ethics, ethics and public health, and ethical issues in leading edge biomedical technologies. He has published three books and over 100 articles in the bioethics and medical literature. His education includes a BA from UCLA (molecular biology), PhD from Georgetown University (philosophy (bioethics)), and MPH from Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health (health policy). Dr. Kahn serves on numerous state and federal advisory panels, including committees for the Institute of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, and others. He is an elected Fellow of the Hastings Center, and speaks frequently across the U.S. and around the world on a range of bioethics topics. From 1998-2002 he wrote the bi-weekly column “Ethics Matters” on CNN.com, and was founding president of the Association of Bioethics Program Directors, a position he held from 2006-2010. 
Ester Kismodie Department of RH and Research, WHO
Meri Koivusalo  Meri Koivusalo is a senior researcher in the Finnish National Research and Development Centre for Welfare and Health (STAKES) programme on Globalism and Social Policy, which looks at international aspects of social policies and the role of international organizations in the shaping of national social policy options and practices. She is a medical doctor with a PhD in the area of public health and health policy. She has earlier co-authored a textbook on international health policy (Koivusalo M, Ollila E. (1997) Making a Healthy World: Agencies, Actors and Policies in International Health. Zed Books) and currently works on a book on health policy implications of trade and investment agreements.
Florencia Luna Florencia LunaFlorencia Luna is Professor of Bioethics, University of Buenos Aires. Florencia Luna received an M.A. from the University of Columbia (USA) and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Buenos Aires. She is teaching bioethics at FLACSO (Latin American University of Social Sciences) and at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA). She is an Adjunct Researcher at CONICET (National Scientific and Technological Research Council) since 2000. She is a Board Member of the International Association of Bioethics (IAB) since 1999, and President of the IAB since July 2003. She is a temporary advisor of World Health Organization (WHO) and the Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences (CIOMS). She is in the Steering Committee of CIOMS working on the International Ethical Guidelines for Biomedical Research Involving Human Subjects. In addition to directing a research program on bioethics at FLACSO, she has won a grant to act as co-director to train persons in ethics and research (2000-2002). She is editor of Perspectivas bioeticas since 1996 (the first Argentinian journal wholly devoted to bioethics). She has co-authored several books and published articles in a variety of journals and in books. Dr. Luna has also been invited to give lectures in various universities in North America. Presently she is working on issues related with research in developing countries and international codes of ethics, and also in genetics and ethics.
Gwendolyn Roberts Majette Gwendolyn MAjetteGwendolyn Roberts Majette is an Assistant Professor of Law at the Center for Health Law and Policy at Cleveland Marshall College of Law. Professor Majette received her undergraduate degree from Emory University, her J.D. from the George Washington University School of Law, and her LL.M. in Global Health, with distinction from Georgetown University Law Center. While at Georgetown she was also a Global Health Law Scholar.

Professor Majette's scholarship focuses on patients' rights, delivery system reform, and health care reform. Her work has been relied on by the United States Commission for Civil Rights, the Department of Health and Human Services, and is cited in one of the leading health law texts. Some of her recent articles include: PPACA and Public Health: Creating a Framework to Focus on Prevention and Wellness and Improve the Public’s Health, 39 J.L. Med. & Ethics 366 (Fall 2011) and From Concierge Medicine to Patient-Centered Medical Homes: International Lessons and the Search for a Better Way to Deliver Primary Health Care in the U.S., 35 Am. J. L. & Med 585 (2009).

Professor Majette has worked on health care issues, including health care reform, on Capitol Hill. As a Legislative Fellow with a senator on the Health Subcommittee of the Senate Finance Committee, she worked on Medicare, Medicaid, and Health Care Reform policy. She also analyzed and reviewed Medicare policy as a Fellow with the Health Subcommittee of the Ways and Means Committee of the United States House of Representatives.

Professor Majette frequently consults on health care matters for the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Internationally, Prof. Majette has spoken with South African academicians and government officials regarding the strengths and weaknesses of their health care delivery system.

Hadii M. Mamudu Hadii MamuduDr. Mamudu hails from Ghana and obtained his bachelor’s degree from the University of Ghana, Legon, in 1997 before moving to the United States in 1999. He received his MPA from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2001, an MA and a PhD in Political Science from West Virginia University in 2005. Between 2005 and 2009.

Dr. Mamudu became a Legacy Foundation Fellow and subsequently, a Project Fellow at the Institute of Health Policy Studies and the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at University of California, San Francisco, where he conducted research on the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), the role of nongovernmental actors (including tobacco industry) in global tobacco control, and the trade-health issue in global health governance. In 2008, he completed six weeks internship at WHO in Geneva, Switzerland, to analyze the FCTC negotiations document.

Currently, Dr. Mamudu is an Assistant Professor at the College of Public Health in East Tennessee State University where he continues to conduct research on the FCTC and global tobacco control as well as tobacco-free policies of colleges and universities and tobacco control in the state of Tennessee. Dr. Mamudu has served as chair and discussant and presented papers at several domestic and international conferenferences.

Dr. Mamudu has published several articles in prestigious journals, including American Journal of Public Health, Global Public Health, Nicotine & Tobacco Research, Tobacco Control, and Social Science and Medicine. He is the co-author of a recently published book Global Tobacco Control: Power, Policy, Governance and Transfer. 

Benjamin Mason Meier Benjamin Mason MeierBenjamin Mason Meier is an Assistant Professor of Global Health Policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Meier’s interdisciplinary research--at the intersection of international law, public policy, and global health--examines legal frameworks for global health governance.

Working collaboratively across UNC’s Department of Public Policy and Gillings School of Global Public Health, Dr. Meier has written and presented extensively on the development, evolution, and application of human rights under national and international law. In analyzing rights-based foundations for a wide range of global health policies, he is contributing theoretical and applied research as a fellow in UNC’s Center for AIDS Research, Water Institute, Breastfeeding Institute, Center for Bioethics, and Global Research Institute. As a contributor to the development of global health policy, Dr. Meier serves additionally as a Scholar at Georgetown Law School’s O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, as a member of the International Human Rights Committee and Governing Council of the American Public Health Association, and as a consultant to international organizations, national governments, and nongovernmental organizations.

He received his Ph.D. in Sociomedical Sciences from Columbia University, his J.D. and LL.M. in International and Comparative Law from Cornell Law School, and his B.A. in Biochemistry from Cornell University.

Sheelagh Mc Guinness Sheelagh McGuinnessDr Sheelagh McGuinness is a University Fellow based in the Centre for Health Law, Science & Policy, at Birmingham Law School. Her research interests span law and bioethics (particularly reproduction, medical migration, and disability) focusing on the interplay between law, ethics, and policy. She is a member of the Independent Ethics and Governance Council of UK Biobank and also sits on the Royal College of General Practitioners’ Medical Ethics Committee.
Jean McHale Professor Jean McHaleProfessor Jean McHale is the Director of the Centre for Health Law, Science & Policy Birmingham Law School, University of Birmingham. She researches and writes in the area of Health Care law. She has written several key works in the field and participated on several external policy committees. Jean McHale took up a chair at the University of Birmingham in September 2009. She previously taught at the Universities of East Anglia, Nottingham, Manchester and Leicester where she held a chair in Law from 2000-9.

Professor McHale has written several monographs and textbooks in the area of health care law. Her first monograph Medical Confidentiality and Legal Privilege was published by Routledge in 1993. The second edition of her textbook Health Care Law Cases and Materials with Marie Fox (Sweet and Maxwell) and the third edition of her textbook Law and Nursing with John Tingle (Butterworth Heinemann) were both published in 2007. She is also a co-editor and contributor to two major volumes of essays for Oxford University Press, Principles of Mental Health Law (1st edition) (with Peter Bartlett, Larry Gostin, Phil Fennell and Ronnie MacKay) 2010 and Principles of Medical Law (3rd Edition) (with Andrew Grubb and Judy Laing) 2010. She has published papers in wide range of legal and health care professional journals. She has given invited papers at numerous conferences and seminars to legal, health care professional and policy audiences.

Colin McInnes and Anne Roemer-Mahler  Colin McInnesColin McInnes is Director of the Centre for Health and International Relations and was formerly Head of the Department. He was a lecturer in the Department of War Studies, The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst; Visiting Research Fellow at King's College London; and Special Adviser to the House of Commons Defence Committee. He was Chair of the British International Studies Association; a member of the ESRC’s Strategic Research Board and International Advisory Committee; member of WHO’s expert group on Global Health Diplomacy; and Director of the UK Research Councils’ Security Research Forum. He sits on a range of advisory panels covering various aspects of International Relations, and is member of a variety of editorial boards.

Colin McInnes’ research was originally focused in strategic studies. Beginning with work on the British nuclear deterrent in the 1980s, for much of the 1990s he worked on aspects of the British Army, including its doctrine and ‘way in warfare’ and role in Northern Ireland. At the turn of the millennium he began looking at the changing nature of war. For much of the past decade however he has been working on the relationship between health and foreign and security policy, especially in relation to HIV and AIDS. He co-directed a major project on health and foreign and security policy for The Nuffield Trust with Dr Kelley Lee of the London school of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and is currently principal investigator for a major study on global health governance funded by the European Research Council.

Eric Millstone Eric MillstoneErik Millstone is a Professor of Science Policy at the University of Sussex. Erik gained a first degree in Physics, followed by three postgraduate degrees in Philosophy. From 1971 to 1973 Erik held four temporary and part-time posts teaching philosophy at three universities and one polytechnic. He was then appointed as a lecturer at the University of Sussex in History and Social Studies of Science. He joined SPRU in 1987, becoming a senior lecturer in 1995, a reader in 2001 and a professor in 2005. Since 1974 he has been researching into the causes and consequences of scientific and technological change in the food and agricultural sectors. Much of Erik's research has focused on the ways in which public policy-makers reach decisions concerning the protection of environmental and public health, and particularly on the interactions between scientific and non-scientific considerations. He routinely focuses on how policy-makers decide on the rules with which to regulate industrial products and processes, especially in the food and chemical sectors. Erik has studied a wide range of public health and environmental issues including food additives, pesticides, BSE, GM foods and crops, and the control of lead pollution.
James Orbinski

JAmes OrbinskiDr. Orbinski is Chair of Global Health at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, and professor of Family and Community Medicine and of political science at the University of Toronto. He is a globally recognized humanitarian practitioner and advocate, as well as a leading scholar and scientist in global health. He believes in humanitarianism, in citizenship and in actively engaging and shaping the world in which we live, so that it is more humane, fair and just.

After extensive field experience with Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF), Dr. Orbinski was elected MSF’s international president from 1998 to 2001. He launched its Access to Essential Medicines Campaign in 1999, and in that same year accepted the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to MSF for its pioneering approach to medical humanitarianism, and most especially for its approach to witnessing.

Dr. Orbinski worked as MSF’s Head of Mission in Goma, Zaire in 1996 -97 during the refugee crisis. He was MSF’s Head of Mission in Kigali during the Rwandan genocide of 1994, and MSF’s medical co-coordinator in Jalalabad, Afghanistan in the winter of 1993. He was MSF's medical co-coordinator in Baidoa, Somalia during the civil war and famine of 1992-1993. Dr. Orbinski’s first MSF mission was in Peru in 1992. For his leadership in Rwanda during the 1994 genocide, Dr. Orbinski was awarded the Meritorious Service Cross, Canada’s highest civilian award. This citation reads: “Chief of Mission to Rwanda with Médecins sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders during the Civil War and genocide from April to July 1994, Dr. Orbinski provided an extraordinary service by delivering medical assistance and alleviating the suffering of victims, on both sides of the front line. Unwavering in his efforts, Dr. Orbinski opened the Agha Khan (King Fayed) Hospital in Kigali, in the middle of a contested area that often became the target of mortar and machine gun fire. Through example, he provided inspirational leadership to a multinational team of medical staff and managed to spur their flagging spirits through the bleakest days of the genocide.”

As international president of MSF, Dr. Orbinski represented the organization in numerous humanitarian emergencies and on critical humanitarian issues in among others, the Sudan, Kosovo, Russia, Cambodia, South Africa, India and Thailand. He has also represented MSF at the UN Security Council, in many national parliaments, and to for example, the WHO, and the UNHCR. 

David Patterson

David PattersonDavid Patterson is currently the Head, Social Development Programs Unit, at the International Development Law Organization, based in Rome, Italy.

Since 1994, David Patterson has advised governments and civil society organizations on legal aspects of health and development, with a focus on HIV. From 1994-2008, working with UNDP, UNAIDS, and national and international NGOs, Mr. Patterson has supported HIV-related law and policy reform in the Caribbean, East Africa, and South East Asia. In 2000 he co-chaired the first scientific track on HIV and human rights at the International AIDS Conference, in Durban, South Africa.

Since 2009, Mr. Patterson has managed the Health Law Program at IDLO. He produced the Toolkit: Scaling Up HIV-related Legal Services, published by IDLO, UNAIDS and UNDP and now available in Arabic, Chinese, English and
French. In the Middle East & North Africa region he has pioneered support for legal service for people living with HIV and key affected populations. In 2011 he expanded the Health Law Program to include intellectual property law and access to medicines, and non-communicable diseases.

David Patterson is a graduate of Sydney University (BSc) and the University of NSW (LLB) (Australia). Postgraduate studies include LLM (McGill, Canada), MSc (London, UK) and a Certificate in Community Health from the
University of Montreal (Canada). He is a co-founder of the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, and a member of the Programming Sub-Committee of the UNAIDS Reference Group on HIV and Human Rights. His interests include
rights-based approaches to development assistance, monitoring and evaluation of
development programs, and engaging the legal profession, particularly students and young lawyers, in international development.

Patricia Peppin Patricia PeppinPatricia Peppin is Professor of Law (Cross Appointed to Medicine) at the Faculty of Law, Queen's University, Canada. She is currently working on images of inequality in prescription drug advertisements, and on innovation in the pharmaceutical field and its impact on women’s health.
Kerry Petersen Kerry PettersonKerry Petersen is an Associate Professor, Law School, La Trobe University, Australia. She teaches in the areas of: Health Regulation; Law and Medicine; and Law and Public Health. She has published extensively in the field of human reproduction law and co-edited Disputes and Dilemmas in Health Law with Ian Freckelton. Currently, she is the editor of the Law and Context Special Issue A Celebration of Socio-Legal Scholarship; and is also collaborating on a research project supported by an ARC Discovery Grant ‘a longitudinal study exploring women’s experiences following a prenatal diagnosis of foetal abnormality’ with a team from the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute. She is a member of the Medico-Legal Society, the Fertility Society of Australia, Women's Health Victoria, and is the lawyer on the Melbourne IVF Human Research Ethics Committee.
Maya Sabatello Maya Sabatello is the Director of the Disability Rights in Society Program. Maya holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Southern California and an LL.B. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She was appointed a Research Fellow in Medical Ethics (2011-12) at Harvard University’s Medical School. Maya has litigated cases of medical negligence and has worked as a legal advisor to national and international non-governmental organizations to promote health-related human rights and disability issues. As a permanent representative for a nongovernmental organization at the United Nations (UN), she also participated in the UN sessions on the formulation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Maya teaches at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights and at NYU’s Center for Global Affairs. Her research interests include comparative human rights, law and society, international law, politics of identity, disability studies, and bioethics. Maya has published in journals including Human Rights Quarterly, The Journal of Medicine and Law, Disability and Society, and the International Journal of Children’s Rights. She is author of Children's Bioethics: The International Bio-Political Discourse on Harmful Traditional Practices and the Right of the Child to Cultural Identity (Martinus Nijhoff/ Brill Publishing, 2009), and her book Voices From Within: Civil Society’s Involvement in the Drafting of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (co-edited), is forthcoming by Penn University Press.
George Smith George SmithProfessor George P. Smith joined the law faculty at The Catholic University of America, Washington DC in August, 1977 as an ordinary law professor. He has had previous law teaching affiliations at the University of Michigan, Indiana University, Georgetown, George Washington and Notre Dame. His core teaching areas are property law, land use and environmental law. His areas of specialization are law, science and medicine - specifically bioethics and health law. He is the Founding Faculty Editor of The Journal of Contemporary Health Law and Policy here at the Law School. He has held over 85 research appointments with institutions including: the medical schools at the universities of Chicago, Columbia, Indiana, Minnesota, Northwestern, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Washington, as well as the universities of Arizona State; Auckland; New Zealand; British Columbia; Cambridge; McGill; Oxford; Sydney, Australia; The Hoover Institution, The Max Planck Institute, Germany; The Rockefeller Foundation; Bellagio, Italy, Trinity College at Dublin University; Dartmouth College; The Free University of Berlin; Princeton Seminary and the divinity schools at Cambridge, Yale and Vanderbilt.

In 1984, Professor Smith received an Australian-American Fulbright award to teach at the University of New South Wales as The Fulbright Visiting Professor of Law and Medical Jurisprudence. He has also held teaching appointments as Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, in 2005, and as the Parsons Visiting Professor of Law at The University of Sydney in 2003 and in 1998, and as Visiting Professor of Law at The University of New South Wales in 2001, 1990 and 1987.

Widely published and recognized as a leading national and international scholar, he has a bibliography of over 180 entries which includes 14 books, 21 monographs and 152 law review articles, book chapters and essays. His contributions to the legal profession were recognized by Indiana University in 1998 when he was awarded an LL.D. degree, Honoris Causa. He is listed in Who's Who in the World and Outstanding Writers of the 20th Century as well as WHO's WHO IN AMERICAN EDUCATION and WHO's WHO in AMERICAN LAW. He is a life member of the American Law Institute.

Dr Maria Stuttaford Maria STuttafordDr Maria Stuttaford is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Health School of Health and Social Studies University of Warwick Her research is mainly in the area of health as a human right, focusing on: where, when and how civil society organisations use a human rights approach to tackle health inequalities; the right to health in the context of plural health seeking behaviour; and the right to health in remote areas. She mainly use participatory research approaches and have a particular interest in developing the use of applied theatre for validating and disseminating research. She is actively involved in multidisciplinary projects within the field of health and social policy in Europe and Southern Africa with the public and voluntary sectors, in both urban and rural settings.
Thaksaphon Thamarangsi Thaksaphone ThamarangsiThaksaphon Thamarangsi, MD. MPH. PhD is the Director, Center for Alcohol Studies, Thailand
2009-present Director, Center for Alcohol Studies, Thailand
2009-present Leader, Tackling Obesity Policy Program, International Health Policy Program (IHPP), Thailand
2008-2009 Leader, Alcohol Policy Research Program, International Health Policy Program (IHPP), Thailand
2002- present Researcher, International Health Policy Program(IHPP), Thailand
1997-2002 Director, Nawa District Hospital, Nakhon Phanom, Thailand
1996-1997 Internship, Nakhon Phanom Hospital, Nathom Hospital, Nakhon Phanom , Thailand
Matthew Weait Matthew WeaitMatthew Weait is Professor of Law and Policy, and Pro-Vice-Master (Academic Partnerships) at Birkbeck College, University of London. After studying law and criminology at the University of Cambridge, he worked as a Research Officer at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies at the University of Oxford, where he completed his DPhil. He has taught law at the Keele University, the Open University and the University of Oxford , and was a founding member of the Law School at Birkbeck College. He has held visiting academic positions at the American Bar Foundation, Cardozo Law School and the University of British Columbia. Matthew's research and scholarship centres on the impact of law on people living with HIV and AIDS and he has worked as a consultant and adviser with a number of local, regional, national and international organisations including the WHO, UNAIDS and the European Fundamental Rights Agency. Recent projects have included a review of communicable disease legislation in the WHO European region and a Discussion Paper on a rights-based approach to HIV/AIDS in the EU. In 2010 he was appointed to be a member of the Technical Advisory Group for the new Global Commission on HIV and Law. Matthew is currently working on a research project, partly funded by the Wellcome Trust, on the response of civil society organisations and activists to HIV criminalisation in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden.
Jonathan Wolff Jonathan WolffJonathan Wolff is Professor of Philosophy at UCL. His work has largely concentrated on issues of distributive justice, with a particular interest in the relation between theory and policy. Recently he has worked on topics such as disadvantage, disability, risk and the measurement of health, and is principal applicant on the AHRC funded project The Ethics of Risk. He is a member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, and of the Nuffield Council Working Party on Personalised Healthcare. Formerly he was a member of the Gambling Review Body, the Nuffield Council Working Party on the Ethics of Research Involving Animals, and the Academy of Medical Sciences Working Party on Brain Science and Addiction. He is currently advising an inter-departmental government committee on the valuation of life and health.