Visiting Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
Senior Advisor, O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law
Adjunct Lecturer on Law and Global Health and Population, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health
Panelist, UN Secretary General's Independent Accountability Panel (EWEC/ SDG's) for the Global Strategy for Women's Children's and Adolescents' Health (EWEC/SDGs)
Global Fellow, Centre on Law and Social Transformation (Norway)
Associate Editor, Health Law and Policy, BMC International Health and Human Rights
Alicia Ely Yamin is a Visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center and Senior Advisor at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law. She is also an Adjunct Lecturer on Global Health and Population at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health and a founding Global Fellow at the Center on Law and Social Transformation in Norway. In 2016, the UN Secretary General appointed Yamin to the Independent Accountability Panel for the Global Strategy on Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (EWEC/SDGs).
Trained in both law and public health at Harvard, Yamin’s 20-year career at the intersection of health and human rights has bridged academia and activism. She has published dozens of law journal articles, as well as peer-reviewed public health articles, in English and Spanish, in addition to several books. Her most recent book is Power, Suffering and the Struggle for Dignity: Human Rights Frameworks for Health and Why They Matter, with a forward by Paul Farmer (now available in paperback and forthcoming in Spanish in 2018). Prior to joining Georgetown, Alicia was on the faculty at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, and served as the Director of the JD /MPH Program, as well as the Policy Director at the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University (2011-2016). From 2007 to 2011, Yamin held the prestigious Joseph H. Flom Fellowship 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 was on the faculty of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University from 1996-2002.
Yamin was a member of the Board of Directors of the Center for Economic and Social Rights for 15 years (Vice Chair 2001-2008, Chair 2009-2014), and remains on the Global Advisory Council.
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 (EWEC/SDGs) and as a Commissioner on the Lancet – O’Neill Institute Commission on Global Health and the Law. Previously, among other expert commissions and panels, she was on the Expert Group of the Secretary General’s High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth; 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;’ and served 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.
Yamin is known globally for her pioneering scholarship and advocacy in relation to economic and social rights and applying human rights frameworks 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 provided expert testimony in landmark litigation and legislative debates relating to ESC rights, and in particular health- and sexual and reproductive rights, in multiple countries and regions, as well as in supra-national tribunals.
Yamin is a graduate of Harvard College (summa cum laude), Harvard Law School (cum laude), and the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, where she received both the Samdperil and Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Awards upon graduation. Yamin is currently pursuing a doctorate in Philosophy of Law at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina.