Melanie Samson

Global Research Fellow - Health Law, Union for International Cancer Control

Dr. Mélanie Samson is a public international lawyer specializing in global health Law. She holds a Master’s degree in public law from the Paris VIII University and an LL.M. and Ph.D. in international law from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. In October 2010, she defended her Ph.D. thesis on “Public Health Protection and International Economic Law: Health Security under the Challenges of Globalization”. During her doctoral studies, she worked as a research and teaching assistant at the Graduate Institute of Geneva. Dr. Samson’s areas of research and professional interest are international economic law, global health Law and public health. She has published on various aspects of International Law and health law, including the issue of access to medicines in developing countries and her PhD dissertation is currently under preparation for publication. She has previously worked with the World Health Organization, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the Health Law Research Network of the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie and the French Delegation to the World Trade Organization. More recently, she worked for the French National Cancer Institute (“INCa”) as Head of Projects for more than three years on developing and implementing regulations and standards on the quality of cancer care at the national level and participated in numerous cancer-related international conferences. During her residency at NYU Law School, she will focus on global health standards and the transformation of the international regulatory landscape.