the Author

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Lawrence O. Gostin, J.D., LL.D. (Hon.) is Professor
of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center and Professor of Public
Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is also
Director of the Center for Law & the Public’s Health, CDC’S Collaborating
Center Promoting Health Through Law.

internationally renown scholar, Professor Gostin has devoted his career
to promoting human rights and the public’s health and is responsible for
several major law reforms in the United States and the United Kingdom.
Most recently he led the drafting of the Model State Emergency Health
Powers Act to combat bioterrorism and other emerging public health threats.

Professor Gostin is a member of the Institute
of Medicine (IOM) and serves on its Board on Health Promotion and Disease
Prevention, the Institutional Review Board, and expert study committees,
including the IOM Committee on Assuring the Health of the Public in the
21st Century. He is also a Fellow of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics and
the Hastings Center. He works closely with national and international
public health agencies, including the World Health Organization, UNAIDS,
the National Institutes of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention. Professor Gostin is the Health Law and Ethics Editor of

In the United Kingdom, while head of the National
Council of Civil Liberties, Professor Gostin received the Rosemary Delbridge
Memorial Award for the person “who has most influenced Parliament and
government to act for the welfare of society.”