Sam Halabi

Sam Halabi

Associate Professor of LawJohn Rogers Hall  227
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Professor Halabi's (HAL uh bee) scholarship focuses on national and international public health law-making, especially their relationship with intellectual property law, as well as judicial management of treaties and customary international law. Between 2008 and 2010, he served as a Fellow of the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University researching the formation and implementation of international legal instruments regulating health-related policies of governments and businesses. In 2008, he advised the Presidential Health Care Policy Working Group on current and proposed approaches to international food and drug inspections. In 2010, Professor Halabi addressed a special committee of the United Nations on the relationship between decentralized health care systems and social inclusion as well as the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women on Egypt's compliance with the World Health Organization's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. His recent policy work focuses on identifying and minimizing legal barriers to global vaccine availability. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Food and Drug Law Journal as well as a referee for the journals Global Public Health and Health and Human Rights. As a civil procedure scholar, Professor Halabi explores the ways both state and federal judges manage U.S. treaty obligations through interpretive canons, doctrines of abstention, and rules of evidence. His work has been published or is forthcoming in the Berkeley Journal of International Law, the Duke Journal of Comparative and International Law, the Harvard International Law Journal and the Northwestern Journal of International Law & Business.

Professor Halabi earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he served as Articles Editor and Senior Editor for the Harvard International Law Journal. After graduating, he served as law clerk to the Honorable Nanette K. Laughrey of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri, and practiced for two years with the Washington, D.C. office of Latham & Watkins. Prior to his legal career, Professor Halabi was awarded a British Marshall scholarship to study in the United Kingdom where he received an M.Phil in International Relations from the University of Oxford (St. Antony’s College). In 1999, Professor Halabi earned first prize in the Elie Wiesel Foundation’s Essay in Ethics competition. Professor Halabi earned Harvard University's Distinction in Teaching Award as a result of his work as a teaching fellow for Ethics and International Relations.

Education and Degrees Earned

  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 2005
  • Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar, the American University of Beirut, 2003-04
  • M.Phil, International Relations, Oxford University, 2001
  • B.A., B.S. summa cum laude, Kansas State University, 1999

Areas of Academic Specialty

  • Business Associations
  • Civil Procedure 
  • Global Public Health
  • Health Law
  • International Intellectual Property Law
  • International Law

Previous Teaching Experience

  • 2013-Present Associate Professor, The University of Tulsa College of Law 
  • 2010-13 Assistant Professor of Law, The University of Tulsa College of Law.
  • 2009-10 Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center. 
  • 2003-05 Teaching Fellow.  Harvard College (Harvard University Distinction in Teaching).

Previous Relevant Work Experience

  • 2008-2010 Fellow.  O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University.  Washington, D.C.
  • 2007-08 Judicial Clerk.  The Honorable Nanette K. Laughrey, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri.
  • 2005-07 Attorney.  Latham & Watkins.  Washington, D.C.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Society of International Law
  • American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics 
  • American Law & Economics Association
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Food and Drug Law Journal 
  • 2009-present Referee, Health and Human Rights
  • 2009-present Referee, Global Public Health
  • State Bars of Kansas and Washington, D.C.