Thomas J. Bollyky

Senior Fellow for Global Health, Economics, and Development

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Thomas J. Bollyky is senior fellow for global health, economics, and development at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). He is also an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University. In 2014, Bollyky directed the first CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force devoted to global health and development, entitled The Emerging Global Health Crisis: Noncommunicable Diseases in Low- and Middle-Income Countries.

Prior to coming to CFR, Bollyky was a fellow at the Center for Global Development and a director at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), where he led the negotiations on medical technology regulation in the U.S.-Republic of Korea Free Trade Agreement and represented USTR in the negotiations with China on the safety of food and drug imports. He was also a Fulbright scholar to South Africa, where he worked as a staff attorney at the AIDS Law Project on treatment access issues related to HIV/AIDS, and an attorney at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, where he represented Mexico before the International Court of Justice in Avena and other Mexican Nationals (Mexico v. United States of America) and Jose Ernesto Medellín before the U.S. Supreme Court in Medellin v. Dretke. Bollyky is a former law clerk to Chief Judge Edward R. Korman, an international affairs fellow at CFR, and a health policy analyst through the outstanding scholar program at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Bollyky has testified multiple times before the U.S. Senate and his work has appeared in the New York Times, Science, Foreign Affairs, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and the Lancet. Bollyky has served in a variety of capacities at the National Academy of Medicine, including as co-chair of its workshop on international regulatory harmonization amid globalization and as a member of committees on strengthening food and drug regulation in developing countries and on the role of science, technology, and innovation in the future of the U.S. Agency for International Development. He has also served as a consultant to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and as a temporary legal advisor to the World Health Organization. In 2013, the World Economic Forum named Bollyky as one of its global leaders under forty.

Bollyky received his BA in biology and history at Columbia University and his JD at Stanford Law School, where he was the president of the Stanford Law & Policy Review. He is a member of the New York and U.S. Supreme Court bars.


Georgetown University, adjunct professor of law

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