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Health Law & Policy

  • Glenn Cohen wearing bright red glasses

    Hat Trick: Cohen on Flynn v. Holder, Guatemalan reparations, and the ACA

    December 22, 2011

    Harvard Law School Assistant Professor of Law I. Glenn Cohen, co-director of HLS’s Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology and Bioethics, is the author of three recently published articles on health law topics.

  • HLS Professor Einer Elhauge '86

    Elhauge in NEJM: ‘Broccoli Argument’ is irrelevant against insurance mandate

    December 22, 2011

    HLS Professor Einer Elhauge ’86, the founding director of the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics, wrote “The Irrelevance of the Broccoli Argument against the Insurance Mandate,” which was published online Dec. 21 by the New England Journal of Medicine.

  • Students address critical access to care issues at conference on AIDS

    December 8, 2011

    Students working in the Harvard Law School Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation launched a new training series at the United States Conference on AIDS in Chicago last month.

  • “Stones of Hope: How African Activists Reclaim Human Rights to Challenge Global Poverty” (Stanford University Press, November 2010) edited by Professor Lucie White ’81 and Jeremy Perelman S.J.D. ’11.

    Recent Faculty Books – Winter 2011

    December 6, 2011

    “Prospects for the Professions in China” (Routledge, 2010) edited by William P. Alford ’77, William Kirby and Kenneth Winston. Through its meditations on Chinese professional…

  • Emily Savner ’13

    Student testifies on health care reform provisions before the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

    November 18, 2011

    On November 8, Emily Savner ‘13 of the Harvard Law School Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation testified at a regional listening session convened by the United States Department of Health and Human Services. The session was convened to elicit comments from individuals and groups about the health services that should be included in the soon-to-be created Essential Health Benefits package mandated through health care reform. Once finalized and implemented by HHS, the Essential Health Benefits package will provide a federally mandated set of health services to millions of currently uninsured Americans through both Medicaid and newly-created subsidized private health insurance plans. 

  • Dr. Franz Adlkofer

    At Center for Ethics event, cell phone radiation and institutional corruption addressed

    November 18, 2011

    On Nov. 3, Dr. Franz Adlkofer, former executive director of the VERUM Foundation for Behavior and Environment, spoke to a Harvard Law School audience as part of the lectures and events series hosted by the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics. 

  • HLS Professors Einer Elhauge and Laurence Tribe

    Health care reform: HLS faculty and alumni weigh in

    November 16, 2011

    On Monday, the Supreme Court agreed to hear challenges to the constitutionality of the Health Care Law. In an op-ed and a debate this past week, two HLS faculty members (Professors Einer Elhauge '86 and Laurence Tribe '66) and a prominent alumnus (former Solicitor General Paul Clement '92) shared their opinions on the mandate's constitutionality.

  • Glenn Cohen wearing bright red glasses

    Cohen argues against the Mississippi Personhood Ballot Initiative

    November 1, 2011

    Harvard Law School Assistant Professor of Law I. Glenn Cohen joined medical and legal experts live via Skype on Oct. 25 at Mississippi College School of Law to debate the implications of Mississippi’s Personhood initiative, which will appear on the state’s ballot Nov. 8. The initiative asks: “Should the term 'person' be defined to include every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning, or the equivalent thereof?”

  • Panelists at the Let's Talk About Food and the Food Law Society discussions

    Food Law Society co-sponsors TEDx conference on food policy

    October 25, 2011

    The Harvard Food Law Society recently co-sponsored “TEDxHarvardLaw,” a full-day conference held on Oct. 21, focused on food policy and public health, and the legal and policy approaches to increasing the supply and demand of healthy foods. The campus-wide event was independently organized and co-sponsored by 18 different HLS organizations under the auspices of TEDx, a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.

  • Current marijuana policy encourages discrimination, says Congressman Barney Frank at HLS

    October 21, 2011

    At an event sponsored by the Harvard Law School American Constitution Society on October 18, Representative Barney Frank (D-MA) ’77 spoke about proposed legislation that would end the federal ban on marijuana, as well as the need for drug policy reform at the federal level and why marijuana policy is an issue better handled by the states.

  • Paul Thacker

    At HLS, former investigator questions the relationship between physicians and pharmaceutical industry

    October 4, 2011

    In the first lecture of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics series, Paul Thacker, an investigative journalist and former U.S. Senate Finance Committee staffer, said that big pharmaceutical dollars not only own physicians but also many prominent medical school faculty who are paid to lobby for drugs.

  • Professor Charles Fried

    Fried in Scotus Blog: ‘The constitutional arguments against the healthcare mandate are utterly without merit’

    August 3, 2011

    On August 1st, Scotus Blog published an op-ed by Beneficial Professor of Law Charles Fried on the constitutionality of the healthcare mandate. In the piece, Fried argues that the attack against President Obama’s Affordable Care Act is pure politics and ignores established legal principles.

  • The Delta Force: A collaboration between HLS and local organizations seeks to transform a region

    July 1, 2011

    Where others see entrenched problems, the HLS Mississippi Delta Project—an interdisciplinary effort in the HLS Clinical and Pro Bono Programs—sees opportunity for transformation. Since launching less than three years ago, the project has made strides in improving public health, promoting economic development and assisting children in the Delta.

  • A Prescription for health law: Conferences, research and university-wide collaboration

    July 1, 2011

    There is no shortage of attorneys involved in legal issues related to the pharmaceutical and health care industries. There is, however, a shortage of law schools examining those issues. Since its founding, the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics has aimed to rectify that problem.

  • A Dose of Optimism

    July 1, 2011

    The new CEO of pharmaceutical giant Merck, Kenneth Frazier ’78 is driven by high hopes for the company and what it can do

  • The panel

    From medical tourism to medical migration: HLS conference looks at the globalization of health care

    June 28, 2011

    On May 20 through 21, the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology and Bioethics at Harvard Law School convened an international, multidisciplinary conference providing legal and ethical analysis of one of the broadest reaching developments in health care of the last 20 years: its globalization.

  • HLS Assistant Professor I. Glenn Cohen and Dr. Eli Y. Adashi

    Cohen in the New England Journal of Medicine: ‘Human Embryonic Stem-Cell Research under Siege’

    May 19, 2011

    The United States cannot afford to allow ongoing legal ambiguities to compromise the vast potential of stem-cell research, yet the struggle over federal funding for research involving human embryonic stem cells may well be waged for years to come, write Harvard Law School Assistant Professor I. Glenn Cohen and Dr. Eli Y. Adashi in an article published by the New England Journal of Medicine on May 18.

  • Tribe in The Boston Globe: Congress can compel action due to public necessity

    April 4, 2011

    In an Apr. 3 op-ed in The Boston Globe, Harvard Law School Professor Laurence Tribe ’66 discusses the debate on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act—specifically the individual mandate, which requires those otherwise uninsured (by an employer or by a federal program such as Medicaid) to purchase health insurance.

  • Is the Obama Health Care Reform Constitutional? Fried, Tribe and Barnett debate the Affordable Care Act

    March 28, 2011

    Debating what Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow called “one of the most important public policy issues and one of the most important constitutional issues,” three law professors offered different perspectives on whether the individual mandate portion of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) violates the commerce clause of the Constitution and infringes on personal liberties.

  • Tribe in NYT: On Health Care, Justice Will Prevail

    February 8, 2011

    In his op-ed “On Health Care, Justice Will Prevail,” which appeared in the Feb. 8, 2011 edition of The New York Times, Harvard Law School Professor Laurence H. Tribe says that the Supreme Court will judge the constitutionality of the health care law based on precedent, not politics.

  • Fried, Carvin, Barnett, and Durbin

    Fried, Dellinger testify on the constitutionality of the healthcare law (video)

    February 3, 2011

    Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee chaired a hearing on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act and the provision that requires, beginning in 2014, every American to maintain health insurance coverage. The law requires all citizens without work-based insurance to purchase plans in the private market.