Public Health Law Watch
An initiative of the George Consortium
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Leveraging law as a tool to analyze and protect public health policy in the United States. 

The Public Health Law Watch (PHLW), an initiative of the George Consortium, identifies potential legislative and regulatory changes that have the potential to impact public health.  

The goal is to increase visibility and understanding of public health law issues and changes, identify ways to engage on these issues, and provide legal analysis and commentary. 



The Public Health Law Watch is intended to be a resource for academics, scholars, experts, the public, the media, and policy-makers. 

Our mission is threefold:

  • Surveillance: Monitor and surveil changes to federal statutes, regulations, and regulatory policies that may have a significant impact upon population health.
  • Response: Leverage the intellectual capacity of the George Consortium, and other collaborators, to organize and provide analysis, commentary, testimony, convenings, and similar deliverables as necessary.
  • Dissemination: Increase visibility of key issues and a build a cache of resources for policy-makers and the like.


The George Consortium

Established in 2012, the George Consortium is a network of academics, scholars, and practitioners in the field of public health law. The Consortium’s approximately sixty members represent academic institutions, public health agencies, subject matter centers, and other organizations across the United States.


Focus Areas



opioid crisis and substance use disorders




climate change and health

Disability law