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Lawrence O. Gostin

Professor of Global Health and Director, O'Neill Institute, Georgetown University

Lawrence O. Gostin, an internationally acclaimed scholar, is the University Professor, Georgetown University’s highest academic honor conferred by the University President. He directs the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law. He served as Associate Dean for Research at Georgetown Law, 2004-2008. He is also Professor of Public Health at the Johns Hopkins University and Director of the Center for Law & the Public’s Health at Johns Hopkins and Georgetown Universities.

Prof. Gostin holds a number of international academic professorial appointments. He is Visiting Professor (Faculty of Medical Sciences) and Research Fellow (Centre for Socio-Legal Studies) at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom. Prof. Gostin is the Claude Leon Foundation Distinguished Scholar and Visiting Professor at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. He serves on the Governing Board of Directors of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health.

Prof. Gostin is the Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center on Public Health Law and Human Rights. He also serves on the WHO Director-General’s Advisory Committee on Reforming the World Health Organization.


  • 1995–present
    Professor, Georgetown University Law Centre


  • 1973 
    Duke University, Jurisdoctorate


  • 2008
    Public Health Law: Power, Duty, Restraint, University of California Press

Research Areas

  • Public Health And Health Services (1117)


Member, National Academy of Sciences