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Sam Halabi

Sam Halabi JD

  • Department of Environmental & Occupational Health


Prof. Sam F. Halabi serves as the Senior Associate Vice-President for Health Policy and Ethics at Colorado State University and a Professor at the Colorado School of Public Health and the Department of Political Science in the College of Liberal Arts. He is also a Senior Scholar at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University as well as an affiliate researcher at its Center for Global Health Science and Security.

Professor Halabi’s research career has focused on the ethical, legal, and regulatory dimensions of biomedical innovation and collaboration especially in the context of epidemic and pandemic preparedness and response. Before joining CSU, he served as the Director of the University of Missouri’s Center for Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship where he successfully integrated the Center into the University’s NIH-supported research portfolio. His work on international cooperation and data sharing in the context of epidemic and pandemic preparedness and response has been funded by NIAID, Resolve to Save Lives, the U.S. Department of State, the Wellcome Trust, and the World Health Organization. Professor Halabi advises or has advised the COVAX Facility, the World Bank, World Health Organization, the National Foundation for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Global Virome Project, among other national and international organizations.

He has published 4 books and more than 70 manuscripts in areas including data sharing during infectious disease emergencies, the development and deployment of vaccines in routine and emergency circumstances, liability and indemnity factors affecting private sector participation in emergency response, the philosophy of medicine, international technology transfer, public health ethics, and vector-borne disease surveillance. His work is published in the Georgetown Law Journal, the Harvard International Law Journal, JAMA, the Lancet, the New England Journal of Medicine, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society and the Yale Journal of International Law. As the Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Health Law, Policy, and Ethics, he created a comparative framework to analyze the role of states, provinces, and territories in access to healthcare for First Nations and American Indian/Alaska Native populations in Canada and the U.S. and partnered with researchers at the University of Ottawa to develop two global health security projects funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Prior to joining CSU and the Colorado School of Public Health, Prof. Halabi was the Manley O. Hudson Professor of Law at the University of Missouri and the Associate Dean for Faculty Development at the University of Tulsa College of Law. Before his research and teaching career, he practiced law at the Washington, D.C. office of Latham & Watkins and clerked for Judge Nanette K. Laughrey of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri.

Professor Halabi’s honors include the 2020 Husch Blackwell Distinguished Teaching Award, the 2017-18 Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Health Law, Policy, and Ethics, a British Marshall scholarship (Oxford), and a Rotary International Ambassadorial scholarship (the American University of Beirut). In 1999, he earned first prize in the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity’s Essay in Ethics competition.

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