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Professor Peter Halewood is eager to get started with Albany Law’s new LL.M. in Health and Human Rights, which he calls a “novel and exciting collaboration” with the University at Albany.
Promoting the program is of particular interest to Prof. Halewood, who has traveled widely consulting and presenting on various topics related to international human rights.
“The intersection of health with human rights covers rich and varied terrain both at home and abroad,” Prof. Halewood said. “In the past, health and human rights were considered separate spheres but they have become viewed by experts as increasingly linked, and also as central to other outcomes such as poverty reduction and economic and community development.”
As he wrote in the program brochure, "Many populations here and around the world are not provided adequate access to health services and facilities and do not enjoy the conditions necessary for a healthy life. Discrimination, inequality, scarcity of resources, and non-enforcement of legal rights all contribute to this problem. The LL.M. in Health and Human Rights allows a student to study these problems in depth from a legal perspective to identify strategies that can help to realize the promise of the right to health."
The LL.M. in Health and Human Rights — a one-year Master of Laws program — allows for a personalized plan of study that focuses on the student’s interests. The degree requires 24 credits in approved courses, including 4-6 required credits for faculty-supervised research and writing at Albany Law School. Up to 10 credits may be earned by cross-registering at the University at Albany. UAlbany's Global Institute for Health and Human Rights offers internship and research opportunities and has been an essential partner in offering the new LL.M.
“Students or attorneys who could benefit from the new LL.M. in Health and Human Rights include those who wish to work for health rights advocacy organizations in the U.S. or abroad, designers of public policy, government lawyers seeking to broaden their policy and advocacy expertise, private firm attorneys working in health law who wish to add international human rights law to their skillset, and human rights lawyers who wish to specialize in health-related concerns. We anticipate significant interest from foreign lawyers,” Prof. Halewood said.
Two of his courses — International Human Rights Law and International Trade Law & Economic Development — are available as electives. Students can register for three courses at UAlbany: Global Health and Health & Human Rights offered by the School of Public Health; and Foundations of Human Rights offered by the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy.
“The program combines, in a novel and exciting collaboration, interdisciplinary expertise from the University at Albany in public health, public policy, and health rights advocacy with international law and health law expertise from Albany Law School,” Prof. Halewood said. “Students will emerge with a sophisticated set of skills in this growing area, equipped to engage the complex discourse of health and human rights as it informs public policy and advocacy of all forms.”
Prof. Halewood has been in the thick of Albany Law’s growing partnership with UAlbany. He serves on the UAlbany-Albany Law School international synergies working group, developing international programmatic and research collaborations, and has been working with UAlbany's Global Institute for Health and Human Rights (GIHHR), which is collaborating with the law school to implement a $1.6 million federal grant to provide health and human rights education in the Middle East.
On campus, Prof. Halewood is the faculty liaison for the New York State Bar Association-Albany Law School summer internships abroad program, which has secured internships in Buenos Aires, Mexico City, San Jose, Sao Paulo, and Vienna for 2016. He also serves as the advisor for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, and is the faculty advisor to the Phillip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court team and the International Law Society.
Prof. Halewood has been busy off campus, too. He’s a member of the program committee selecting papers for the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Section on International Human Rights panel, "The Human Rights of Families," to be presented at the AALS Annual Meeting in New York in January 2016. This past October, he participated in a panel on "The New Lochnerism" at the LatCrit Conference on Critical Constitutionalism in California.
Prof. Halewood joined the faculty in 1994. Prior to Albany Law, he worked in the health law department of the Ontario Attorney General’s office and as a Law Clerk to the Justices of the Court of Appeal for Ontario in Toronto. After law school, he was awarded an Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt human rights fellowship and worked both in the litigation department of the firm and later at the Law and Society Trust in Colombo, Sri Lanka on constitutional reform projects. During his post-graduate study at Columbia Law School, he was the Julius Silver Fellow in Law, Science, & Technology, researching law and biotechnology, and was also an Associate Editor of the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law.
Prof. Halewood has been a visiting professor at Osgoode Hall Law School and at the University of Paris X, and a visiting scholar at University of Rome III Faculty of Law. He has consulted with the International Development Law Organization in Rome, Italy on distance learning in international trade law with audiences in Kenya, Uganda, and Mozambique, and on a USAID grant implementing legal training on economic, social and cultural rights abroad. His research, which he has presented at conferences around the U.S. and abroad, addresses voting rights, race and law, property law and commodification, food insecurity, and international trade and human rights law. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) Section on International Human Rights, and is an Affiliated Faculty member at the Global Institute for Health and Human Rights at the University at Albany.
His published works include “Trade Liberalization and Obstacles to Food Security: Toward a Sustainable Food Sovereignty” (University of Miami Inter-American Law Review, 2011), “Sameness/Difference, Human Rights Law, and the Political Meaning of Torture” (Berkeley La Raza Law Journal, 2012), and "Any Is Too Much: Shelby County v. Holder and Diminished Citizenship" (Berkeley Journal of African American Law & Policy, 2015). He’s currently working on a new project that explores the right to food and medicines as limited by international trade law, through the lens of health and human rights.