J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
M.P.H., Johns Hopkins University
B.A., Johns Hopkins University
Lance Gable, an internationally known expert on public health law and bioethics, was appointed interim dean of Wayne Law in September 2016.
A member of the Law School faculty since 2006, he was named associate dean in June 2014, after serving as interim associate dean since June 2013. He previously served as an associate professor of law, teaching courses including Public Health Law, Bioethics and the Law, Torts and other health law subjects.
His research addresses the overlap among law, policy, ethics, health and science. He has published journal articles on a diverse array of topics, including public health law, ethics and policy; international human rights; bioterrorism and emergency preparedness; mental health; research ethics; and information privacy. He is also co-editor and co-author respectively of two books: Research with High Risk Populations: Balancing Science, Ethics and the Law and Legal Aspects of HIV/AIDS: A Guide for Policy and Law Reform.
Gable has helped the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services develop ethical guidelines for the allocation of scarce medical resources during public health emergencies. He has helped develop course materials for the World Health Organization Diploma in International Human Rights and Mental Health and has worked as a human rights consultant for the Pan American Health Organization.
In addition, he is co-chair of Wayne State University's Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee. He has served as co-chair of the university's Clinical and Transnational Research Ethics Workgroup and received the 2010 WSU Academy of Scholars Junior Faculty Award for the Humanities and Social Sciences.
Prior to joining the Wayne Law faculty, Gable served as a senior fellow at the Centers for Law and the Public's Health: A Collaborative at Georgetown and Johns Hopkins universities, affiliated with the World Health Organization and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He continued his affiliation with the centers as a scholar from 2006 to 2012.
He previously was project director for the Emergency System for Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals Legal and Regulatory Issues Project, administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration. He was also the Alfred P. Sloan Fellow in Bioterrorism Law and Policy at the Centers for Law and the Publicâ€™s Health and practiced as a health care law attorney at a major international firm in Washington, D.C.
Gable holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Johns Hopkins University and master of public health degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He earned his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.
Bioethics and the Law
Public Health Law
From Swisshumanrightsbook.com: "Realizing the right to health requires a strong focus on strengthening health care systems and transforming health systems for women. Taking a human rights approach to health means understanding the underlying social determinants of this right, as well as how to ensure the right to health is realized in times of emergency and armed conflict, and for all groups in society, including migrants and refugees, LGBTI persons, prisoners and detainees, and others. In this third volume of the Swiss Human Rights Book series, leading international experts in human rights and health address issues such as access to essential medicine, HIV/AIDS, trade and health, SARS and malaria, and human rights approaches to other key health challenges. They address the role of governments, non-state actors and healthcare practitioners, the responses of multilateral institutions, and highlight some of the most promising strategies for realizing the right to health."
Research With High-Risk Populations provides guidance to social scientists regarding their ethical and legal responsibilities to respond appropriately to threats of harm that may arise during the course of data collection. Contributing authors include leading researchers, ethicists, lawyers, and Institutional Review Board (IRB) members from across the country who illuminate the complexities of the issues using case studies from their own research projects. This collection of ethical and legal analyses examines both the challenges of conducting research designed to responsibly gain a better understanding of the origins of serious health problems, and the moral and legal obligations of researchers who learn of threats of violence in the course of pursuing the primary objectives of the research. This book maps out an appropriate balance between protecting human research participants from harm and generating new scientific knowledge. It will enable researchers and IRB members to become more knowledgeable about the different ways of allowing valuable research to go forward, while minimizing the potential for harm and protecting all parties involved from undue harm and exploitation.
This book summarizes key legal and policy issues for 65 wide-ranging topics related to HIV/AIDS. The book shows how laws and regulations can either underpin or undermine good public health programs and responsible personal behaviors. It provides relevant “practice examples” (citing from actual laws and regulations) and offers selective lists of references. Laws relating to many areas of our lives--from intimate personal conduct to international travel--can contribute to stigma, discrimination, and exclusion, or can help remedy these inequities. In order to create a supportive legal framework for responding to HIV/AIDS, it is important that governments effectively address gaps and other problematic aspect in their legislation and regulatory systems.
Special Issue on the Framework Convention on Global Health, Global Health Governance (Spring - Fall 2015) (co-editor with Ames Dhai, Robert Marten, Benjamin Mason Meier, and Jennifer Prah Ruger).
"Emergency Preparedeness and Response for Disabled Individuals: Implications of Recent Litigation," 43 Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics 91-94 (Supplement 1 2015) (with Lainie Rutkow and Holly A. Taylor).
"U.S. Efforts to Realise the Right to Health through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act," 13(1) Human Rights L. Rev. 167-190 (2013) (with Benjamin Mason Meier).
"Complementarity in Public Health Systems: Using Redundancy as a Tool of Public Health Governance," 22 Annals of Health Law 224-245 (2013) (with Benjamin Mason Meier).
"Global Health Rights: Employing Human Rights to Develop and Implement the Framework Convention on Global Health," Vol. 15(1) Health and Human Rights 17-31 (2013) (with Benjamin Mason Meier).
"Evading Emergency: Strengthening Emergency Response Through Integrated Pluralistic Governance," 91 Oregon L. Rev. 375- 454 (2012).
"The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Public Health, and the Elusive Target of Human Rights," 39 J. L. Med.& Ethics 340-354 (2011).
"Global Public Health Legal Responses to H1N1," ÂÂ39 J. L. Med.& Ethics 46-50 (Supplement 1 2011) (with Brooke Courtney, Robert Gatter, and Eleanor D. Kinney).
"Protecting the Mental Health of First Responders: Legal and Ethical Considerations," 39 J. L. Med.& Ethics 56-59 (Supplement 1 2011) (with Lainie Rutkow and Jonathan M. Links).
"Reproductive Health as a Human Right," 60 Case Western Reserve L. Rev. 957-996 (2010).
"A Global Assessment of the Role of Law in the HIV/AIDS Pandemic," 123(3) Public Health 260-264 (2009) (with Lawrence O. Gostin and James G. Hodge, Jr.).
"HIV/AIDS, Sexual and Reproductive Health, and the Law," 98(10) American Journal of Public Health 1779-1786 (2008) (with Lawrence O. Gostin and James G. Hodge, Jr.).
"Global Mental Health: Changing Norms, Constant Rights," 9 Geo. J. Intâ€™l Aff. 83-92 (Winter/Spring 2008) (with Lawrence O. Gostin).
"A CDC Review of School Laws and Policies Concerning Child and Adolescent Health," 78 J. School Health 69-128 (2008) (with James G. Hodge, Jr. and Julie Samia Mair).
"The Proliferation of Human Rights in Global Health Governance," 35 J. L. Med.& Ethics 534 (Winter 2007).
"Public Goods, Private Data: History, Ethics, and the Uses of Identifiable Public Health Information" 122 Public Health Reports 7 (Supplement 1 2007) (with Amy L. Fairchild, Lawrence O. Gostin, Ronald Bayer, Patricia Sweeney, and Rob Janssen).
"Risk Management in the Wake of Hurricane Katrina: Hospital Liability Associated with the Use of Volunteer Health Professionals During Emergencies," 10 Mich. St. Univ. J. Med. & L. 57 (2006) (with James G. Hodge, Jr., Stephanie H. CĂˇlves, Elizabeth Meltzer, and Sara Kraner).
"The Legal Framework for Meeting Surge Capacity Through the Use of Volunteer Health Professionals During Public Health Emergencies and Other Disasters," 22 J. Contemp. Health L. & Polâ€™y 5 (2006) (with James G. Hodge, Jr. and Stephanie H. CĂˇlves).
"Legislating and Litigating Health Care Rights Around the World," 33 J.L. Med. & Ethics 636 (2005) (with Colleen M. Flood and Lawrence O. Gostin).
"Mental Health and Due Process in the Americas: Protecting the Human Rights of Persons Involuntarily Admitted and Detained in Psychiatric Institutions," 18 Pan Amer. J. of Pub. Health 366 (2005) (with Javier VĂˇsquez, Lawrence O. Gostin, and Heidi V. JimĂ©nez).
"Volunteer Health Professionals and Emergencies: Assessing and Transforming the Legal Environment, 3 Biosecurity and Bioterrorism 216 (2005) (with James G. Hodge, Jr. and Stephanie H. CĂˇlves).
"The Human Rights of Persons with Mental Disabilities: A Global Perspective on the Application of Human Rights Principles to Mental Health," 63 Maryland L. Rev. 20 (2004) (with Lawrence O. Gostin).
"When the Right to Health and the Right to Religion Conflict: A Human Rights Analysis," 12 Mich. St. J. Intâ€™l L. 247 (2004) (with Lesley Stone and Tara Gingerich).
"The Role of State Law in Protecting Human Subjects of Public Health Research and Practice," 31 J.L. Med. & Ethics 638 (2004) (with Scott Burris, Lesley Stone, and Zita Lazzarini).
"Global Health Governance, International Law, and Mental Health," in Samuel Okpaku (ed.),ďż˝Global Mental Healthďż˝336-345 (Cambridge Univ. Press 2014).
"Emergency Preparedness: Bioterrorism, Armed Conflict, Natural Disasters, and Other Public Health Threats," in Tom Oliver (ed.),ďż˝The Guide to U.S. Health and Healthcare Policyďż˝409-420 (Congressional Quarterly Press 2014).
"Mental Disability," in Gunilla Backman (ed.), The Right to Health 225-261 (Studentlitteratur, 2012).
Public Health Law and Biological Terrorism, in Larry I. Lutwick & Suzanne M. Lutwick (eds.), Beyond Anthrax: The Weaponization of Infectious Diseases, 2d ed. (Springer, 2012)(with James G. Hodge Jr).
"Rights Based Approaches to Public Health Systems" in Rights Based Approaches to Public Health (Springer, 2010) (with Benjamin Mason Meier, Jocelyn E. Getgen, and Leslie London).
"Human Rights of Persons with Mental Disabilities" in The Principles of Mental Health Law and Policy (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2010) (with Lawrence O. Gostin).
"Mental Health as a Human Right," in Andrew Clapham, Mary Robinson, Claire Mahon, and Scott Jerbi (EDS.), Realizing the Right to Health: Swiss Human Rights Book Volume III (RĂĽffer & Rub, 2009) (with Lawrence O. Gostin).
"Legal Challenges Raised by Non-intervention Research Conducted Under High-risk Circumstances" in David Buchanan, Celia B. Fisher, and Lance Gable (eds.), Research with High Risk Populations: Balancing Science, Ethics, and Law 47-74 (American Psychological Association, 2009).
"Ethical and Legal Frameworks in Non-Intervention Research with High Risk Populations: Concluding Thoughts and Best Practices" in David Buchanan, Celia B. Fisher, and Lance Gable (eds.), Research with High Risk Populations: Balancing Science, Ethics, and Law 233-252 (American Psychological Association, 2009) (with David Buchanan and Celia B. Fisher).
Introduction, in David Buchanan, Celia B. Fisher, and Lance Gable (eds.), Research with High Risk Populations: Balancing Science, Ethics, and Law 3-21 (American Psychological Association, 2009) (with David Buchanan and Celia B. Fisher).
"Public Health Law" in Stanley N. Katz (ed.) Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal History (Oxford University Press, 2009) (with Lawrence O. Gostin).
"Public Health Law and Biological Terrorism" in Beyond Anthrax: The Weaponization of Infectious Diseases 239-252. (Larry I. Lutwick & Suzanne M. Lutwick eds. 2008)(with James G. Hodge, Jr).
And on March 22, he spoke about legal and ethical issues related to presumed authorization of organ donation on a panel at the Transplantation Disparities: Controversies and Emerging Prospects, Fourth Annual Kountz/Callender/Drew Transplant Symposium, in Detroit. This symposium is sponsored by Gift of Life and the Minority Organ Tissue Transplant Education Program.
He co-authored an article in the Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics titled "Protecting the Mental Health of First Responders: Legal and Ethical Considerations," 39 J. L. Med.& Ethics 56-59 (Supplement 1 2011) (with Lainie Rutkow and Jonathan M. Links).
He co-authored an article in the Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics titled "Global Public Health Legal Responses to H1N1," 39 J. L. Med.& Ethics 46-50 (Supplement 1 2011) (with Brooke Courtney, Robert Gatter, and Eleanor D. Kinney).
He spoke at the Wayne State University Institute on Gerontology Colloquium series on "Legal and Ethical Issues in Research with Older Populations" on Jan. 11, 2011.
He also spoke at the 2011 Public Health Preparedness Summit in Atlanta on "Developing Ethical Guidelines for Allocation of Scarce Medical Resources and Services During Public Health Emergencies: The Experience of Michigan" on Feb. 23, 2011.