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Ilise L Feitshans

Ilise L Feitshans

Executive Director
Work Health and Survival Project
Switzerland and USA


Dr.Ilise L Feitshans JD and ScM and DIR is a bi-lingual lawyer with a Master’s of Science in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins University, where she examined the role of women’s rights to genetic information. Ilise won awards for her path breaking Senior Scholars Honors thesis for Barnard College, entitled “Occupational Health From an International Perspective” compared laws and their implementation in three nations and under international law; it became the blueprint of her life’s work. She wrote the chapter “Occupational Health as a Human right” for the ILO Encyclopedia, and is the author of the treatise DEIGNING AN EFFECTIVE OSHA COMPLIANCE PROGRAM, which addresses law and occupational medicine. The non-lawyer version, BRINGING HEALTH TO WORK describes law and policy issues in reproductive health at work, ethics of occupational safety and health; methods for achieving corporate compliance with occupational safety and health laws, and provides the theoretical basis for the justification of safety and health programs. Her articles and press releases have been published in many nations. Ilise has given university level presentations in both English and French, especially at the UN in her former capacity as Coordinatrice of the Encyclopedia for Safety and Health, ILO, Geneva Switzerland. Ilise taught legislative drafting at the Columbia University School of Law in the City of New York, and in turn, Ilise has drafted laws from the local level (NYC Board of Health regulations concerning confidential testing of minors for HIV) to the international level, (ILO Memoranda of Understanding with non-profit organizations and with the US government) and in 2013, a report to the Council of Europe that was accepted after full debated by the full Parliamentary Assembly, “Nanotechnology: balancing benefits and risks to public health and the environment”.

Research Interest

public health, environment, women’s rights