UoB Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor Lawrence O. Gostin, Georgetown University, Washington, USA

Lawrence Gostin

Public and Global Health

Dates of visit: 20 - 28 April 2018

‌Lawrence O. Gostin is University Professor, Georgetown University's highest academic rank conferred by the University President. He directs the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law and was the Founding O'Neill Chair in Global Health Law. Professor Gostin is the Director of the World Health Organization  Collaborating Center on Public Health Law & Human Rights. The WHO Director-General has appointed Professor Gostin to high-level positions, including the International Health Regulations (IHR) Roster of Experts and the Expert Advisory Panel on Mental Health. He served on the Director-General's Advisory Committee on Reforming the World Health Organization, as well as numerous WHO expert advisory committees on Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework, smallpox, and genomic sequencing data. He is a member of the WHO/Global Fund Blue Ribbon Expert Panel entitled, The Equitable Access Initiative to develop a global health equity framework.

Professor Gostin served on three global commissions to report on the lessons learned from the 2015 West Africa Ebola epidemic:

Professor Gostin is an elected lifetime Member of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly Institute of Medicine), National Academy of Sciences. He has served on the National Academy’s Board on Health Sciences Policy, the Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice, the Human Subjects Review Board, and the Committee on Science, Technology, and Law. He chaired the National Academy’s Committee on Global Solutions to Falsified, Substandard, and Counterfeit Medicines. He has chaired National Academy Committees on national preparedness for mass disasters, health informational privacy, public health genomics, and human subject research on prisoners.The New York Public Health Law Association conferred the Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award for extraordinary service to improve the public’s health. In 2015, the American Public Health Association awarded Prof. Gostin the Lifetime Achievement Award for his career in public health law.

Professor Gostin is also a lifetime elected Member of the Council of Foreign Relations (providing independent advice to governments on foreign policy) and a Fellow of the Hastings Center (for bioethics and public policy). President Obama appointed Professor Gostin to a six year term on the President’s National Cancer Advisory Board to advise the nation on cancer prevention, research, and policy. 

In a 2012 systematic empirical analysis of legal scholarship, independent researchers ranked Professor Gostin 1st in the nation in productivity among all law professors, and 11th in in impact and influence.

During his stay in Bristol, Professor Gostin will be hosted by Dr Sheelagh McGuinness (University of Bristol Law School) and be involved in the following events:

24th April 2018, 9.30 - 5 pm
Lady Hale Moot Court, 8-10 Berkeley Square
Global Health with Justice: a Symposium 

25th April 2018, 2.00pm.
Room 1.13, 8-10 Berkeley Square.
PhD masterclass by Professor Lawrence Gostin for doctoral researchers in Public and Global Health

In this masterclass, Professor Gostin - a world-leading global health researcher - will discuss how to approach the challenges of researching in public and global health, and crucially in how researchers can translate their research into practice. Prof Gostin is involved in collaborations, amongst others, with the WHO, The Lancet, and The Economist, and stands tall as a scholar who combines cutting-edge research agendas with activism and policy engagement.

The masterclass is open to all University of Bristol PhD students working in areas associated with Public and Global Health. Professor Gostin’s primary discipline is Law, but the masterclass is designed for a transdisciplinary audience. Professor Gostin will outline some key issues, following which the session will follow a discursive format, allowing you to raise challenges that you face in your own research, and ask questions about the complex interface between research and practice.

Space is limited, so booking is essential.

25th April 2018, 5.15pm.
Lady Hale Moot Court, 8-10 Berkeley Square
Public Lecture: Global Health Security In An Era of Explosive Pandemic

In this lecture, Professor Lawrence Gostin makes the case for fundamental reform of the international system to safeguard global health security. He builds on the action agenda offered by four international commissions formed in the wake of the Ebola epidemic, calling for the recommended “peace dividend” (an annual incremental investment of $4.5 billion – 65 cents per person) to strengthen global preparedness, for the United Nations to play a greater role in responding to major global health and humanitarian emergencies, and for an effective and efficient R&D strategy with multiple stakeholders—governments, academics, industry, and civil society—identifying R&D priorities and leading a coordinated response.

The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception and the opportunity to purchase Professor Gostin's book Global Health Law

Please RSVP here.