ATLANTA—Lisa Radtke Bliss, clinical professor and associate dean of experiential education and clinical programs in Georgia State University’s College of Law, will teach a health law course and in a human rights clinic this fall at Palacký University Olomouc in the Czech Republic as a Fulbright Distinguished Chair.
This prestigious honor is bestowed annually on about 40 recipients in the U.S.
Bliss will co-teach a Human Rights Clinic with vice dean Maxim Tomoczek. As one of its collaborative projects, “the Human Rights Clinic students at Palacký University will identify a human rights issue to work on and the class will identify potential legal and policy solutions,” Bliss said.
Bliss will also co-teach a Patients' Rights Clinic with a focus on comparative perspectives in Health Law. Students will explore the differences between the U.S. and Czech systems and the reasons for those differences. Students in that course will identify a health law policy project to work on. Much of her instruction will be drawn from her leadership and experience as co-director of the Health Law Partnership Legal Services Clinic, one of the leading medical legal partnership clinics in the U.S.
“The U.S. health system is unique,” Bliss said. “Czech students will be interested learning about how health care and health insurance systems function in the U.S. and how that compares to the way health care works in the Czech Republic.”
Once Bliss completes the Fulbright teaching at the end of November, she will travel to Indonesia to speak at the Global Alliance for Justice Education (GAJE) 10th Worldwide Conference. She is co-president of GAJE, and is co-organizing a two-day Training of Trainers teaching workshop following the main conference.
Bliss believes her experiences immersing herself in other cultures and contexts has helped her become a better teacher. Cross-cultural learning is critical because health-law partnerships are growing around the world.
“The challenge is gathering people from different disciplines and working out ways for them to come together,” Bliss said. “These collaborations help pave the way for the future.”