2022 SAIL


Mr. Steven Solomon

Principal Legal Officer,
World Health Organization

Steven Solomon is Principal Legal Officer at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, where he leads the Legal Office’s team on International, Constitutional and Global Health Law matters (ICH). He focuses on governance and international health law matters, with a particular emphasis recently on matters related to international and institutional aspects of the Covid-19 response. He served as the WHO legal adviser to the negotiations which led to the 2011 Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (PIP) Framework.  Prior to joining WHO, Steven served as Deputy Legal Counselor at the United States Mission to United Nations Organizations in Geneva, negotiating a variety of human rights and humanitarian law instruments. He was an attorney with the State Department for several years before that handling multilateral negotiations related to the control of conventional weapons as well as international humanitarian law. After law school, before joining the State Department, Steven was a lawyer in private practice at the Washington, D.C. law firm of Williams & Connolly. He also worked on Capitol Hill. Steven has written widely on matters pertaining to international law, including global health and humanitarian law matters.

Global Health Law and the WHO

Covid-19 has propelled Global Health Law onto the front pages, as key elements, such as the International Health Regulations and a possible new Pandemic Treaty, are being assessed and debated by both stakeholders and the global public. But what exactly is Global Health Law? Where is WHO positioned within it? And what lies ahead for this body of international law? This two day course will examine these questions and more, and will invite students on the second day to consider and present positions on the implications of a new pandemic treaty on national sovereignty.