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Lawrence O. Gostin, a world-renowned scholar on global and public health law, will speak at noon Monday, Feb. 3 in the Marlyn E. Lugar Courtroom at West Virginia University's College of Law.

Gostin, director of the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University, will deliver the annual John W. Fisher II Lecture in Law and Medicine, highlighting social justice issues within global health, and what it will take to identify and implement a unified vision for reform.

Highly accomplished in the academic world, Gostin is the Founding O'Neill Chair in Global Health Law at Georgetown, where he is also professor of medicine. He also is professor of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, and serves as director of the Center for Law & the Public's Health at both institutions.

Outside of the classroom, Gostin is a key contributor to major U.S. and international health law reform initiatives. He is also the director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center on Public Health Law and Human Rights, and has brought several landmark cases before the European Commission and Court of Human Rights.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

The John W. Fisher II Lecture in Law and Medicine was established through the generosity of Thomas S. Clark, M.D., and Jean Clark. The Clark Family Lecture Series, funded by a half-million dollar pledge in 1998, provides lectures in 10 fields of study throughout West Virginia University. A member of the faculty since 1968, Fisher is the William J. Maier Jr. Dean Emeritus and the Robert M. Steptoe and James D. Steptoe Professor of Property Law.