Lawrence Gostin

University Professor
Timothy & Linda O'Neill Professor of Global Health Law, Georgetown University Law Center
Faculty Director, O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law
Director, World Health Organization Collaborating Center on Public Health Law & Human Rights

Lawrence O. Gostin is a University Professor, and 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. He served as Associate Dean for Research at Georgetown Law, 2004-2008. Professor Gostin holds a number of international academic professorial appointments, numerous editorial appointments in prestigious academic journals, and three honorary degrees.

Professor Gostin is Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center on Public Health Law and Human Rights, and serves on the WHO Director-General’s Advisory Committee on Reforming the World Health Organization. In 2007, he was appointed to the International Health Regulations (IHR) Roster of Experts and the Expert Advisory Panel on Mental Health. Professor Gostin, an elected lifetime Member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM)/National Academy of Sciences, chairs and serves on various IOM boards and committees. He has led major law reform initiatives in the U.S., and is leading a drafting team on developing a Model Public Health Law for WHO. He also founded, together with academic and civil society partners from around the world, The Joint Learning Initiative on National and Global Responsibilities for Health. In April 2011, the United Nations General Secretary, Ban Ki Moon, endorsed Professor Gostin’s foundational proposal for a global health treaty.

Professor Gostin is engaged in three major international initiatives on global health governance: (1) a “Framework Convention on Human Services” for the World Bank—a multilateral treaty on the health care professional capacity in poor and middle income countries; (2) a “Framework Convention on Global Health”—a multilateral treaty ensuring “basic survival needs” for the world’s poor; and (3) a Global Plan for Justice—a global compact to fund essential medicines, basic survival needs, and climate change. His awards include recognitions from the IOM, the Public Health Law Association, the National Consumer Council (U.K.), and the Key to Tohoko University (Japan).