Update from Virginia Rowthorn, Chair of CUGH's Global Health Law Interest Group

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Dear Global Health Lawyers,

I haven’t been in touch since right after the CUGH conference last Spring but have been working with Sarah Roache at the Georgetown O’Neill Institute and other global health lawyers to bring more law and human rights into the conference. There have been some great successes on this front:

1. One of the opening plenary sessions is being organized by Northwestern Law School and will focus on human rights. Prominent global health lawyer Larry Gostin will be on the panel.

2. A panel organized by UNC Professor Ben Mason Meier was selected as a breakout session and will feature contributors to the book he wrote with Larry Gostin called Human Rights in Global Health: Rights-Based Governance for a Globalizing World

3. At least two other groups of global health lawyers submitted panel proposals and we are waiting to hear if they were accepted – one on the role of law in promoting global health justice (O’Neill Institute) and the other an analysis of the medical mission industry and whether they break any US or host country laws (yours truly). Did any of you submit abstracts for the CUGH conference?

4. CUGH is donating a room for a meeting of the Global Health Law Interest Group at the upcoming conference – we hope you’ll join us and bring your ideas. Day and room # to be confirmed via another email.

5. Do any of you have news to share with this group?

Ashveena Gajeelee of this group wrote this fantastic blog post on global health law that may be of interest:


We hope you’re all planning to attend the conference in Chicago this year March 8-10 and urging your legal colleagues to attend too. Here is the registration link: https://www.cugh2019.org/

Looking forward to seeing you all again soon –


Virginia Rowthorn, JD, LLM

Executive Director, Center for Global Education Initiatives