Joseph H. Flom Global Health and Human Rights Initiative Fellow Alumna
Alicia Ely Yamin is the inaugural Senior Fellow in the Global Health and Rights Project (GHRP) at the Petrie-Flom Center, a collaboration with the Global Health Education and Learning Incubator (GHELI) at Harvard University. Yamin is currently a Senior Scholar in Residence at GHELI, an Adjunct Lecturer on Global Health and Population at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, and a Department of Global Health and Social Medicine Affiliate at Harvard Medical School. Trained in both law and public health at Harvard, she has worked at the intersection of the two fields while living abroad in Latin America and East Africa. She is known globally for her pioneering scholarship and advocacy in relation to economic and social rights, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and the right to health.
Yamin is regularly called upon by the UN to contribute international legal guidance relating to health and rights, as well as to provide expert testimony to tribunals and legislative bodies around the globe relating to the application of international and constitutional law to health issues.
In 2016, the UN Secretary General appointed Yamin as one of ten international experts to the Independent Accountability Panel for the Global Strategy on Women's, Children's and Adolescents' Health in the Sustainable Development Goals. She was re-appointed in 2018.
Prior to being a Visiting Professor of Law and Senior Advisor to the O’Neill Institute on National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University Law Center (2016-18), Yamin was a Lecturer on Law and Global Health at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Director of the JD/MPH Program, and the Policy Director at the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University.
She was previously the Joseph H. Flom Global Health and Human Rights Initiative Fellow at the Petrie-Flom Center and the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School from 2007 to 2009 and 2010 to 2011. During her fellowship Yamin explored dimensions of the right to health and, in particular, possibilities for and challenges to establishing accountability for violations and progress.
Yamin has published over one hundred scholarly articles and book chapters on international and comparative constitutional law relating to health, development paradigms and global health. Her recent most book is Power, Suffering and the Struggle for Dignity: Human Rights Frameworks for Health and Why They Matter, with a foreword by Paul Farmer (Penn, 2016; Ediciones Uniandes (Spanish); 2018).