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Leo Beletsky

Assistant Professor of Law and Health Sciences
Vassar College, AB 2000
Brown University, MPH 2004
Temple University, JD 2008
Office: 40 Cargill Hall
Mail: 400 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Tel: (617) 373-5540
Fax: (617) 373-5056

Professor Beletsky holds a joint appointment with the School of Law and Bouvé College of Health Sciences. His expertise is on the use of law to advance public health. With support from both governmental and private funders, Beletsky utilizes quantitative and qualitative research methods to analyze the strengths and limitations of policy interventions designed to curb substance abuse, prevent the spread of HIV and other infectious diseases, and improve patient care. By highlighting discrepancies between black letter laws and their implementation, he also examines the relationship between health, law enforcement practices, and human rights. Beletsky communicates this work to diverse audiences by publishing in scientific and legal journals, as well as popular outlets. He has also applied this research in advising international, federal, state, and local agencies and non-governmental organizations on law reform, police trainings, and other public health-oriented programs.

His interdisciplinary expertise and research interests animate Beletsky's classroom instruction. At the School of Law, he currently teaches Drug Law and Policy and Quantitative and Analytical Methods for Lawyers. His Global Health class at the Bouvé College of Health Sciences is open to law students, graduate students in health sciences, as well as advanced undergraduates. He also advises student groups, lectures across Northeastern and beyond, and supervises independent study projects.

Prior to joining the Northeastern community, Professor Beletsky was on the faculty of the Division of Global Public Health at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, where he retains an adjunct appointment. He received his undergraduate training in geography from Vassar College and Oxford University, a master's in public health from Brown University, his law degree from Temple University School of Law, and his post-doctoral training at the Yale University Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS. He is a member of the New York State Bar.

Fields of Expertise

  • Administrative Law
  • Civil Rights
  • Comparative Law
  • Drug Law
  • Empirical Legal Studies
  • Health Law
  • Human Rights
  • International Law
  • Public Health Law

Selected Works

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