Sam Halabi

Sam Halabi

Associate Professor of LawJohn Rogers Hall  227
918-631-2450
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Professor Halabi (HAL uh bee) is a scholar of national and global health law with a specialization in health services, pharmaceutical, and tobacco business organizations. 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. In 2014, he served as Director of the O’Neill Institute’s Summer Program on Emerging Issues in Food and Drug Law. His recent policy work focuses on identifying and minimizing legal barriers to global vaccine availability. He serves as a consultant to the World Health Organization, vice-chair of the Food and Drug Law Journal editorial board as well as a referee for the journals Global Public Health and Health and Human Rights. His work is published or forthcoming in the American Journal of Law and Medicine, the Harvard International Law Journal, the Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics, the Michigan Journal of International Law, and the Northwestern Journal of International Law and Business, among others.

Before earning his J.D. from Harvard Law School, Professor Halabi was awarded a British Marshall scholarship to study in the United Kingdom where he earned an M.Phil in International Relations from the University of Oxford (St. Antony’s College). During the 2003-04 academic year, he served as a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar at the American University of Beirut. As a result of these fellowships and subsequent work, Professor Halabi has authored over a dozen articles and book chapters exploring the relationship between international law and international relations theory with a regional specialization in the Middle East. In 1999, Professor Halabi won first prize in the Elie Wiesel Foundation’s Essay in Ethics competition.

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.