Yale Clinical Fellowship in Global Health Justice
Yale Law School and Yale School of Public Health
Deadline: Strongly encouraged to submit by May 5, 2017
The Yale Clinical Fellowship in Global Health Justice is a one-year position designed for law and public health graduates as well as other professionals with experience in domestic and/or international health policy. The GHJP Clinical Fellowship is a unique opportunity for individuals interested in preparing for a career in global health justice or interdisciplinary clinical teaching. Through close collaboration with GHJP faculty, students, and partners, the Clinical Fellow gains hands-on experience with clinical teaching, interdisciplinary exchange, and scholarly research and writing.
The Global Health Justice Partnership (GHJP), an initiative of the Yale Law School and Yale School of Public Health, was established in 2012 to promote interdisciplinary, innovative, and effective responses to key problems in global health. It is a transformative collaboration integrating different fields in order to make critical policy interventions, develop new kinds of cross-cutting research and provide educational opportunities straddling a variety of academic disciplines. Building on Yale's institutional assets, the GHJP trains students in law, public health, global affairs, and other fields to undertake collaborative, real-world research and advocacy to promote health justice. It also organizes conferences and events, builds partnerships with local NGOs around the world to move research into action, and nurtures a truly interdisciplinary brain trust dedicated to effecting social change.
The GHJP has two student-centered programs: the “Practicum” and the Student Fellows program. The Practicum is a one-semester graduate-level course that combines classroom discussions on the theory and practice of health justice with hands-on experience in inter-disciplinary research and advocacy. As part of the practicum, teams of law and health students work in partnership with NGOs and other partners to carry out policy and research projects on cutting-edge issues in the US and internationally. The Practicum has tackled a variety of projects, including:
Co-authoring a path-breaking report on the U.N.’s role in causing the cholera epidemic in Haiti and the U.N.’s responsibilities to provide legal remedies to victims of the epidemic
Partnering with the ACLU to document the public health harms and legal violations created by the quarantines of travelers from Ebola-affected countries in 2014. Following up on the report, we partnered with Yale’s Workers and Immigrants Rights Clinic to file a civil lawsuit on behalf of several public health students, a family of Liberian immigrants, and community organizations and healthcare workers, to challenge Connecticut’s quarantine policies and practices.
Undertaking projects to advance access to medicines in the US and abroad. For example, students drafted a report describing how human rights law can more effectively be used to ensure that intellectual property protections do not impair health, which formed the basis for a 2016 submission to a UN High Level Panel on Access to Medicines, supported by groups including the Treatment Action Campaign, HealthGAP, and the Lawyers Collective (India). GHJP has also developed a substantial portfolio of work intended to facilitate greater access to new and extremely high-cost Hepatitis C medicines.
Collaborating with Brazilian feminist and advocacy organizations to address the health and human rights issues surrounding the Zika epidemic, including submitting an expert’s statement to the Brazilian Supreme Court in support of expanded reproductive health and social services for women and families affected by Zika.
Carrying out ongoing research in collaboration with Sex Workers’ Project (SWP) to understand the ways in which criminalization impacts the lives of people in the sex trade, with particular attention to the ways in which HIV/AIDS has become the main point of entry for legal engagement with sex workers. Since 2014, Practicum students have conducted dozens of interviews with actors in the criminal justice system, including so-called ‘diversion processes’, public health officials, social activists, and affected individuals, and used their findings to develop a series of internal memos to inform SWP’s ongoing advocacy to reform legal and health policy frameworks.
The Student Fellows are a unique interdisciplinary community of graduate and professional students from around the university who are interested in health justice issues. Fellows attend monthly lunches with top leaders and thinkers on issues of global health justice; have opportunities for mentorship from GHJP faculty, fellows, and partners; and are invited to propose and help organize events.
The Clinical Fellow will be an integral part of GHJP, supporting all aspects of the GHJP’s work including the Practicum and Student Fellows program. Under the supervision of the GHJP Faculty Directors, the Fellow will:
Play a key role in planning and conducting the Practicum, including the development of the curriculum and course materials for the didactic component as well as the selection and supervision of projects for the practical component.
Oversee the Student Fellows program, including the recruitment and selection of Student Fellows, and work with student leaders to organize events and opportunities for Fellows as well as the broader Yale communities.
Provide general programmatic support for GHJP, including coordinating external-facing communications (website, social media, newsletter etc.) and helping to plan and organize lectures and workshops.
The Fellowship is supported through the Gruber Project for Global Justice and Women’s Rights.
The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:
A J.D. degree from a U.S. law school (or the equivalent) and an outstanding law school record and/or an MPH or Ph.D. from a U.S. school of public health, public policy or other related discipline
At least four years of prior experience in health, human rights, or related advocacy
Strong written and oral communication skills (additional fluency in a language other than English is highly desirable)
Prior teaching experience and an enthusiastic commitment to working closely with students
An interest and proven capacity in legal and/or public health scholarship
An ability to work independently and as part of a team, including management skills.
The position is for a one -year term with a salary of $60,000, plus health benefits and access to university facilities.
Applications for the 2017-2018 Yale Clinical Fellowship in Global Health Justice will be accepted on a rolling basis starting immediately. We encourage interested applicants to submit the required materials by May 5th, as the initial round of interviews will be conducted by telephone in May/June, with secondary interviews conducted in-person in New Haven, CT.
The position will begin September 2017, though there is flexibility in the starting date.
Applicants should send a resume, a letter making the case for their candidacy, contact information for three references, and a writing sample by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, an individual's sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.
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