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Gostin to focus on global health justice in annual Fisher lecture

MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA — World-renowned global and public health law scholar Lawrence O. Gostin will deliver the annual John W. Fisher II Lecture in Law and Medicine on Friday, September 12, at 12 p.m. in the Marlyn E. Lugar Courtroom at the West Virginia University College of Law.

Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

Gostin’s lecture at WVU will focus on social justice issues within global health and what it will take to identify and implement a unified vision for reform.

The lecture is based on Gostin’s recently published book, “Global Health Law” (Harvard University Press, 2014). A book signing and reception will immediately follow the lecture at 1 p.m. in the College of Law lobby.

Gostin directs the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University, where he was the Founding O’Neill Chair in Global Health Law. He is Professor of Medicine at Georgetown University, Professor of Public Health at the Johns Hopkins University, and Director of the Center for Law & the Public’s Health at both institutions.

A key contributor to major U.S. and international health law reform initiatives, Gostin is also the Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center on Public Health Law and Human Rights. He has brought several landmark cases before the European Commission and Court of Human Rights.

The John W. Fisher II Lecture in Law and Medicine was established through the generosity of Thomas S. Clark, M.D., and Jean Clark. The Clark Family Lecture Series, funded by a half-million dollar pledge in 1998, provides lectures in 10 fields of study throughout West Virginia University. A member of the faculty from 1968 to 2014, Fisher is the William J. Maier, Jr. Dean Emeritus and the Robert M. Steptoe and James D. Steptoe Professor of Property Law Emeritus.



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