Focus Areas
Thematic Areas

Supporting the development of effective food and drug laws. The scope of our research includes food, drugs, biologics, and tobacco. See our work

Examining the role of international law in protecting and promoting positive health outcomes at a global level, in particular driving towards a Framework Convention on Global Health. See our work

Examining the relationship of international human rights law and health outcomes, in particular the impact of litigation. See our work

Studying how the legal systems affect provision of healthcare, including legislative health reforms, development of model health legislation, and comparative analyses. See our work

Focusing on legal, regulatory, and policy responses to HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria. This area includes the development and implementation of legal preparedness instruments, such as the World Health Organization's International Health Regulations. See our work

Exploring the relevance of law to non-communicable diseases, which are now the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the world. See our work

Trade, Investment and Health aims to bridge the gap between public health and international trade and investment law. The area is focused on the effects of trade and investment agreements on domestic regulatory autonomy. See our work


The O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University was established in 2007 through the generous philanthropy of Linda and Timothy O’Neill to respond to the need for innovative solutions to the most pressing national and international health concerns. Housed at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington D.C., the O’Neill Institute reflects the importance of public and private law in health policy analysis. The O’Neill Institute draws upon the University's considerable intellectual resources, including the School of Nursing & Health Studies, School of Medicine, the Public Policy Institute, and the Kennedy Institute of Ethics.