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Health Law Policy, Bioethics and Biotechnology Workshop: Michael Stein

November 25, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Michael Ashley Stein will discuss “Disability, Health, Law, and Ethics.” This is a special joint session with Professor Stein’s HLS course on “Disability, Human Rights, and Development.”

Michael Ashley Stein is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Harvard Law School Project on Disability, and a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School since 2005. Considered one of the world’s leading experts on disability law and policy, Stein participated in the drafting of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; works with disabled peoples’ organizations and non-governmental organizations around the world; actively consults with governments on their disability laws and policies; advises a number of UN bodies and national human rights institutions; and has brought landmark disability rights litigation globally.

Stein has received numerous awards in recognition of his transformative work, including the inaugural Morton E. Ruderman Prize for Inclusion; the inaugural Henry Viscardi Achievement Award; and the ABA Paul G. Hearne Award. His authoritative and path-breaking scholarship has been published worldwide by leading journals and academic presses, and has been supported by fellowships and awards from the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Institute on Disability Rehabilitation and Research, among others.

Stein holds an Extraordinary Professorship at the University of Pretoria’s Centre for Human Rights, is a visiting professor at the Free University of Amsterdam, and teaches at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He earned a JD from Harvard Law School (where he became the first known person with a disability to be a member of the Harvard Law Review), and a PhD from Cambridge University. Stein previously was Professor (and Cabell Professor) at William & Mary Law School, taught at New York University and Stanford law schools, and was appointed by President Obama to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council.

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 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.

Questions about the workshop can be directed to jminnich at


November 25, 2019
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Event Category:
Faculty Support Services
Petrie-Flom Center


Wasserstein Hall 1023


Jennifer Minnich
jminnich at