Elon Law scholar shares research on public health & opioid crisis

Assistant Professor Taleed El-Sabawi traveled to Chicago and Rome over the summer to participate in international conferences focused on health law and mental health.

Assistant Professor Taleed El-Sabawi
One of Elon Law's newest faculty members took part this summer in two international conferences that brought together some of the world's leading experts on mental health, health law, and legislative approaches to combatting addiction.

Assistant Professor Taleed El-Sabawi joined a June discussion in Chicago for the Health Law Professors Conference hosted by the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics.

Her research presentation, "A Supply Approach Cloaked in Public Health: How the U.S.’s Health Framing of Drug Policy Differs From the EU’s Public Health Perspective," was included in a panel conversation on perspectives of the opioid crisis featuring scholars from Northeastern University School of Law, the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, and the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

El-Sabawi then traveled to Rome in July for a gathering of the International Conference on Law and Mental Health. Her presentation, “Defining Health Approaches to Problem Drug Use,” took place as part of a panel on therapeutic approaches to intersectional health disparities with scholars from St. Louis University and Loyola Marymount University's Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.

El-Sabawi joined the Elon Law faculty in June after completing her Ph.D. in Public Health, Health Services Management and Policy from The Ohio State University. A graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, where she was articles editor of the Texas Journal on Civil Liberties and Civil Rights, El-Sabawi previously practiced law in California and Nevada. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology. 

El-Sabawi's research focus is in the areas of mental health and addiction policies, with particular attention to the intersection of drug policy, health law, and legislation, especially legislative responses to the opioid crisis. 

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