University of Washington School of Law to Host New Conference on Global Health

Global Health Law Summer Institute, entitled “The Access Challenge,” from July 14 to July 18, 2014

The University of Washington School of Law is pleased to announce that it is sponsoring its first Global Health Law Summer Institute, entitled “The Access Challenge,” from July 14 to July 18, 2014.

The Summer Institute will feature over 35 speakers from academia, national governments, international organizations, foundations, NGOs and the private sector to discuss the role of law and solutions to enhance access to health services, products and scientific innovations. Presenters come from a variety of disciplines and include some of the world’s leading global health experts.

Dr. Allyn Taylor of Georgetown University and Mr. Bruce Plotkin, International Health Regulations Secretariat Team Lead of the World Health Organization, will launch the Institute by addressing the role of international law in improving access to health care. Day two will feature Juan Carlos Botero, the Executive Director of the World Justice Project, and Thomas J. Bollyky, the Senior Fellow for Global Health, Economics, and Development at the Council on Foreign Relations. Richard Wilder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Professor Margaret Chon of Seattle University will address intellectual property issues that come up when new technology is introduced into developing countries on the third day of the Institute.

Professor Kristie Ebi, an expert on the effects of and adaptation to climate change, food borne safety and vector borne diseases and Jeff Reidinger, Vice Provost of Global Affairs at the University of Washington are the keynote speakers on the fourth day of the Institute which will address how environmental law and issues affect global health. The General Counsel of PATH, Dan Laster, will launch the final day which will focus on how global health interventions can be created, developed and delivered in a way that reduces global health disparities and enhances access and justice.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn about global health and what needs to be done to improve our health and the health of the world from leading experts in law, science, intellectual property, environmental policy and sustainable development. Registrants may sign up for one, three or all five days depending on their interests. For more information regarding the program and registration details, go to http://www.law.washington.edu/HealthLaw/Institute/Default.aspx

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