Alexandra Phelan is an Adjunct Professor in Law, Doctorate of Juridical Science (SJD) candidate and Sir John Monash Scholar at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC.


Ms. Phelan’s research examines the global law and governance of infectious diseases, including issues of international law, human rights, and global health security. In particular, she examines the capacity of legal and governance systems to respond to pressing global health issues such as infectious diseases – including emerging and reemerging pathogens such as Ebola, Zika, and Influenza – climate change, and human rights. As an Australian who speaks Mandarin Chinese, she has a particular interest in the Asia-Pacific region.


Ms. Phelan has consulted for the World Health Organization and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance (Geneva, Switzerland), and previously worked as a Solicitor at King & Wood Mallesons in Melbourne, Australia.


Recent Posts by Alexandra Phelan

On Zika Preparedness And Response, The US Gets A Failing Grade

Congress has thus far refused to pass President Obama’s supplemental $1.86 billion funding request to buttress Zika preparedness. It is one thing to fail to prepare for an emerging infectious disease if the risks are uncertain. But it is quite another to fail to act when the facts are clear.