2016 Marsha Lilien Gladstein Professor Lecture: Professor Alicia Ely Yamin


2016 Marsha Lilien Gladstein Visiting Professor Lecture by Professor Alicia Ely Yamin,
“Power, Suffering, and the Struggle for Dignity:
Human Rights Frameworks for Health and Why They Matter”

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016
4:00-5:30 p.m.
Konover Auditorium
Thomas J. Dodd Center, Storrs Campus

Alicia Ely Yamin, JD MPH is a Lecturer on Law and Global Health and Director of the joint JD/MPH program at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, as well as Policy Director of the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University. She is also a Senior Associated Researcher at the Centre on Law and Social Transformation at the University of Bergen, Norway. Yamin’s more than twenty-year career at the intersection of health, human rights and development has bridged academia and activism. From 2007 to 2011, Yamin held the prestigious Joseph H. Flom Fellow on Global Health and Human Rights at Harvard Law School. Prior to that, she served as Director of Research and Investigations at Physicians for Human Rights, where she oversaw all of the organization’s field investigations, and on the faculty of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. Yamin has published widely relating to health and human rights, in both English and Spanish, and has been awarded multiple distinctions in respect of her work on health and human rights, particularly in the field of reproductive and sexual health and rights. She frequently consults for UN and other global agencies, including serving as the lead consultant for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on the application of rights-based approaches to the reduction of preventable maternal mortality and morbidity, which was adopted by the Human Rights Council in 2012. In 2015, she was appointed by the Constitutional Implementation Committee of Kenya as the only non-Kenyan on the Oversight Committee regarding activities to Implement Rights-based Approaches to Health Services Delivery. She regularly advises on strategic litigation and conducts training for both lawyers and judiciaries regarding the enforcement of health-related rights, including sexual and reproductive rights.