Melbourne Law School
Room 630, Level 6
185 Pelham St
Carlton VIC 3053

Convened by Ms Paula O'Brien
Melbourne Law School
Wednesday 25 July 2018
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 224, Level 2


About the seminar

In 2016, life expectancy at birth in the United States fell for the second year in a row, driven by obesity, suicides, the opioid crisis, and inaccessible health care. The public’s health requires political commitment and respect for science. Sadly, politics trumps health, emboldened by a President who prioritises the rich over the poor, corporations over healthy communities.

This public lecture will detail 5 ways President Trump undermines public health: (1) science obfuscation and denial, (2) “unhealthy” regulation, (3) dismantling Obamacare, (4) pre-empting local innovation, and (5) funding games. Overall, the President has abandoned the American tradition of upholding values of global solidarity, mutual cooperation, global institutions, equity and fairness, and democracy.

About the speaker

Lawrence Gostin is University Professor (the highest academic rank conferred by the University) and the Founding Linda and Timothy O’Neill Chair of Global Health Law at Georgetown University Law Center, Washington. There, he directs the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law and the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for National and Global Health Law. He co-chairs the Lancet/Georgetown University Commission on Global Health and the Law.

He is Fellow and Visiting Professor of Public Health and Law at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Public Health. His book, Global Health Law (Harvard University Press, 2014), has been translated into Chinese and Spanish.

This Seminar is presented by the Health Law and Ethics Network and the Global Economic Law Network