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Lawrence O. Gostin, lawyer, educator. Bar: New York 1981, Council Europe. Recipient Rosemary Deldridge Memorial award National Consumer Council United Kingdom, 1983; fellow Kennedy Institute Ethics, since 1994, Fulbright fellow University Oxford, 1974-1975.


Gostin, Lawrence was born on October 19, 1949 in New York City. Son of Joseph and Sylvia (Berkman) Gostin.


Bachelor summa cum laude, State University of New York, Brockport, 1971. Doctor of Laws (honorary), State University of New York. Juris Doctor, Duke University, 1974.


Legal director National Association Mental Health, London, 1975-1982. Visiting fellow University Oxford Center for Criminol. Research, 1982-1983; general secretary National Council Civil Liberties, London, 1983-1985.

Senior fellow in health law Harvard University School Public Health, since 1985. Visiting professor social policy McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, 1978-1979. Executive director American Society Law, Medicine, and Ethics, Boston, 1987-1994.

Adjunct associate professor School Public Health, Harvard University, since 1988, adjunct professor, since 1990, lecturer Law School, since 1990. Visiting professor Georgetown University Law Center, 1993-1994, associate professor, 1994-1995, professor, since 1996, John Carroll research professor, 2004-2005, associate dean for research and academy programs, since 2005. Linda and Timothy O'Neill professor Global Health Law, since 2008, professor Johns Hopkins School Hygiene and Public Health, since 1994.

Co-director Georgetown/Johns Hopkins Program on Law and Public Health. Director Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Collaborating Center on Law and the Public's Health. Legislation council United States Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee, Washington, 1987, 88.

Board directors, national executive committee American Civil Liberties Union, since 1987. Associate director Harvard University World Health Organization International Collaborating Center on Health Legislation, since 1989.


Legal affairs committee International League Societies for Mentally Handicapped, Brussels, since 1980, principal mental health law, 2010. Trustee Cobden Trust, London, 1983-1985. Chairman Advocacy Alliance, London, 1981-1984.

Secretary All Party Parliamentary Civil Liberties Group, London, 1984-1985. Board directors American Civil Liberties Union, since 1986, executive committee, since 1988. Member committee experts drafting conventions on human experientation United Nations, Siracusa, Italy, 1980-1982.


  • Other Interests

    Climbing, vegetable growing.


Married Jean Catherine Allison, July 30, 1977. Children: Bryn Gareth, Kieran Gavin.