Center Hosts Visiting Scholar from Ireland

John Lombard, a lecturer at the University of Limerick School of Law in Ireland, spent two weeks in residence at Georgia State Law this fall as a visiting scholar. Lombard directs the undergraduate law degree program at UL and teaches courses in medical law, bioethics and intellectual property law. His scholarship focuses on legal and ethical issues that arise at the end of life and patenting of biotechnology and nanotechnology.  While at Georgia State Law, Lombard conducted research and prepared grant proposals on his current interest – supported decision making for individuals with declining or diminished capacity, whether due to disability or Alzheimer’s.

“An international research trip provides unique insight on legal research and pedagogy in other jurisdictions,” said Lombard. “The benefits cannot always be fully anticipated at the outset. For instance, my discussion with Georgia State Law faculty stimulated new research questions and encouraged me to adopt a fresh perspective on approaches to pedagogy.”

While in Atlanta, Lombard met with Center for Law, Health and Society and Center for Intellectual Property faculty members. They introduced him to health law educational programming at Georgia State Law, such as the health law certificate, the LL.M. program for foreign lawyers, the new online M.J. for non-lawyers, and the HeLP Legal Services Clinic, and they discussed how those experiences might translate to his institution.

“Hosting John was a welcome opportunity to learn about his cutting-edge research. Our faculty members provided him perspective on these issues from this side of the Atlantic and suggested new scholarly tools and directions for research based on their own work,” said Tim Lytton, associate dean for research and faculty development. “His visit illustrates how Georgia State Law as built an international reputation as a destination for health law scholars from around the world.”