(Please note: This deep dive session is scheduled for 2.75 hours and runs across both the 'D' and 'E' time slots.)
The passage of health system reform legislation in the United States has created an increased interest in the role that law can play in public health. Guest speakers, possibly from the World Health Organization (WHO), will describe the WHO's role as an institutional information broker in the promotion of health legislation in particular countries. Participants will learn about problems and case studies using the database. International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and the use of force are key legal issues in the 21st century. Speakers from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) will review the role the committee plays in the implementation and development of IHL. By using frequent questions that the ICRC receives as case studies, the speakers will show how to find the answers throughout ICRC databases of publications, legal commentaries, national laws, and case law.
Takeaway 1: Participants will explore the roles that the WHO and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) play in public health law and international humanitarian law, respectively.
Takeaway 2: Participants will be able to identify these organizations' resources and repositories with legal content related to global health policy and humanitarian law.
Takeaway 3: Participants will learn about new initiatives by these organizations to increase access to domestic legislation related to health and humanitarian law.
Who should attend: Academic, government, court, and private law firm librarians who need to find the health laws of nations worldwide; academic, government, and court librarians who have international criminal law, international humanitarian law, or foreign criminal law research demands
This independently produced SIS program is sponsored by the FCIL-SIS.
Track(s): Reference, Research and Client Services, General or Core Programs
Michele Huang is an International Humanitarian Law reference librarian. She has been with the ICRC for 10 years and working in the library for 7 years. She holds a Master of Law from the Université Libre de Bruxelles and an Advanced Master in NTIC Law.
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International Committee of the Red Cross
Anne Quintin joined the ICRC delegation in Washington, DC in September 2011 to liaise with academia in North America on International Humanitarian Law. Between 2008 and 2011, she worked at the ICRC Headquarters in Geneva as Head of Project in the Civil Society Relations Unit, and co-edited the 3rd Edition of How Does Law Protect in War alongside Marco Sassoli and Antoine Bouvier.
Prior to joining the ICRC, she worked for the International Institute of Humanitarian Law in Sanremo and in Geneva.
Graduated in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Kent (England), she holds a master degree from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Lille (France) and an LL.M in International Humanitarian Law from the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights.
Alex Capron holds the rank of University Professor at USC and occupies the Scott H. Bice Chair in Healthcare Law, Policy and Ethics at the Gould School of Law, where he teaches public health law and torts and serves as Vice Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs. He also teaches health policy and bioethics at the Keck School of Medicine, and serves as the co-director of two university-wide activities, the Pacific Center for Health Policy and Ethics and the Health System Improvement Collaborative.
Dean Capron previously taught at Georgetown University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Yale University. From 2002 to 2006, he served as the first Director of Ethics, Trade, Human Rights and Health Law at the World Health Organization in Geneva, and from 1979 to 1983 he was the Executive Director of the President’s Commission for the Study of Ethical Problems in Medicine and Biomedical and Behavioral Research. He is author or editor of 10 books and more than 400 articles and chapters.
Dean Capron received a B.A. (with High Honors) from Swarthmore College and an LL.B. from Yale University (Order of Coif), where he was an officer of the Yale Law Journal. He is a Founding Fellow of the Hasting Center, an elected Member of the Institute of Medicine and of the American Law Institute, as well as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dean Capron has been President of the International Association of Bioethics and of the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics, was appointed to the National Bioethics Advisory Committee by President Clinton, and currently serves as a Trustee of the Century Foundation and as the Chair of the Board of Public Responsibility in Medicine & Research.