Title: Professor and O’Neill Chair in Global Health Law
Company: Georgetown University
Location: Potomac, Maryland, United States
Lawrence O. Gostin, JD, Professor and O’Neill Chair in Global Health Law at Georgetown University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators and Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in legal education.
Amassing more than 40 years of professional experience, Mr. Gostin is a world-renowned legal educator and mental health advocate whose influence can be felt on a worldwide scale. He currently serves as the O’Neill Chair of Global Health Law and university professor at Georgetown University, roles he has fulfilled since 2012. In addition, he has been the faculty director of the Linda D. and Timothy J. O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law since 2000. Prior to these prominent roles, he served such prestigious institutions as the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the University of Oxford, the University of Sydney, the National Council of Civil Liberties, and the National Association of Mental Health. Alongside his primary endeavors, he has been the director of the World Health Organization Center of National and Global Health Law since 2005, on the board of directors and national executive committee of the American Civil Liberties Union since 1987, and a visiting professor at the University of the Witwatersrand and the University of Manchester, among other roles.
To prepare for his illustrious career, Mr. Gostin pursued formal education at The College at Brockport, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology, summa cum laude, in 1971. He subsequently received a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Duke University School of Law in 1974. After making a substantial impact on his field, he received honorary doctorates from such illustrious universities as The State University of New York, Cardiff University and the University of Sydney. He has been admitted to practice law by the New York State Bar Association and the Bar of the Council of Europe, European Commission and European Court of Human Rights.
Perhaps most renowned as the author of the Model State Emergency Health Powers Act and the British Mental Health Act, Mr. Gostin penned “Global Health Law” in 2014, which has been read throughout the world and has been translated in both simplified and traditional Chinese and Spanish. As a testament to his professional success, he has accrued myriad accolades throughout his career, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Public Health Association in 2015, the Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award from the Public Health Association of New York City in 2014, and the Adam Yarmolinsky Medal from the National Academy of Sciences in 2006. He was additionally ranked first in productivity among all law professors and independent researchers by the Systematic Empirical Analysis of Legal Scholarship and was named a Claude Leon Foundation Distinguished Scholar by the University of the Witwatersrand in 2011 and 2012. Likewise, he was given the Key to Tohoku University in Japan in 1987 and was an honorary fellow of Cardiff University in 2006.
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