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Health Law Policy, Bioethics and Biotechnology Workshop: Alicia Yamin

October 2, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Alicia Ely Yamin will discuss her paper, “Democracy, Health Systems and the Right to Health: Narratives of Charity, Markets and Citizenship.”

Alicia Yamin is the Program Director of the Health and Human Rights Initiative at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown Law. Prior to joining the O’Neill Institute, Alicia was a Lecturer on Law and Global Health at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, and the Director of the JD /MPH Program.

Yamin currently serves as a Panelist on the Secretary-General’s Independent Accountability Panel for the Global Strategy for Women’s Children’s and Adolescents’ Health and as a Commissioner on the Lancet – O’Neill Institute Commission on Global Health and the Law as well as on the Expert Group of the Secretary General’s High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth. Previously, she served on WHO Task Forces on ‘Making Fair Choices Toward UHC’, and ‘Evidence of Impacts of Human Rights-Based Approaches to Women’s and Children’s Health,’ as an Independent Expert to the Colombian Constitutional Court on the Implementation of its 2008 T 760/08 decision restructuring the health system, and on the Oversight Committee of Kenya’s Constitutional Implementation Commission’s work on the right to health. She regularly leads judicial colloquia and strategic litigation courses for practitioners, as well as advising on specific cases, submitting amicus curiae petitions and participating in expert consultations relating to the application of international and constitutional law to health issues.

Yamin is known globally for her pioneering scholarship and advocacy in relation to economic and social rights and rights-based approaches to health. She has contributed to and consulted on the drafting of multiple General Comments by UN treaty bodies, as well as UN Human Rights Council resolutions.  She has also participated in and advised on landmark litigations relating to ESC rights, and in particular health- and sexual and reproductive rights, in multiple countries and regions, as well as to supra-national adjudicative bodies.

The Health Law Policy, Bioethics and Biotechnology Workshop, led by Professor I. Glenn Cohen, provides a forum for discussion of new scholarship from leading researchers and opinion-makers in the fields at the intersection of health and law.

Workshops are held on selected Monday evenings from 5-7 pm, and are open to the public. Copies of the papers will generally be posted one week in advance on the Petrie-Flom Center website. Click here to view the full schedule.

Questions about the workshop can be directed to jminnich at


October 2, 2017
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Event Category:
Faculty Support Services
Petrie-Flom Center: Health Law, Biotech and Bioethics


Hauser Hall 104 Lumbard Classroom


Jennifer Minnich
jminnich at