Benjamin Mason Meier

Scholar, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law

Selected Active Projects

Benjamin Mason Meier, JD, LLM, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Global Health Policy and the Zachary Taylor Smith Distinguished Chair in Public Policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Meier’s interdisciplinary research—at the intersection of public health, international law, and public policy—examines the legal foundations of global health. Working collaboratively across UNC’s Department of Public Policy and Gillings School of Global Public Health, Dr. Meier has written and presented extensively on the development, evolution, and application of national and global health law.

As an engaged scholar in public health law practice, Dr. Meier serves additionally as a Scholar at the O’Neill Institute and as a consultant to international organizations, national governments, and nongovernmental organizations. His forthcoming volume, Human Rights in Global Health: Rights-Based Governance in a Globalizing World (OUP 2018), examines the influence of human rights law on global health institutions. Dr. Meier received his Ph.D. in Sociomedical Sciences from Columbia University, his J.D. and LL.M. in International and Comparative Law from Cornell Law School, and his B.A. in Biochemistry from Cornell University.

Selected Publications


Meier, Benjamin M, Hanna Huffstetler, and Lawrence O Gostin, eds. "Human Rights in Global Health Governance." Global Health Governance 12, no. 1 (2018): 4-10.

Meier, Benjamin M, and Lawrence O Gostin, eds. "Human Rights in Global Health: Rights-based Governance for a Globalizing World." Oxford University Press (2018).


Meier, Benjamin M, and Ana Ayala, eds. "A human rights approach to the health implications of food and nutrition in security." Public Health Reviews 38 (2017): 10.

Meier, Benjamin M, Kara Tureski, Emily Bockh, Dereck Carr, Ana Ayala, Anna Roberts, Lindsey Cloud, Nicolas Wilhelm, and Scott Burris, eds. "Examining National Public Health Law to Realize the Global Health Security Agenda." Medical Law Review 25 (2017): 240-269.


Meier, Benjamin M, Adriane Gelpi, Matthew M Kavanagh, Lisa Forman, and Joseph J Amon, eds. "Employing human rights frameworks to realize access to an HIV cure." Journal of the International AIDS Society 18, no. 1 (2015): 1-7.


Meier, Benjamin Mason, and Ana S Ayala. "The Pan American Health Organization & the Mainstreaming of Human Rights in Regional Health Governance." Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics 42, no. 3 (2014): 356-374.


Gable, Lance, and Benjamin Mason Meier. "Global health rights: Employing human rights to develop and implement the Framework Convention on Global Health." Health and Human Rights: An International Journal 15, no. 1 (2013).


Meier, Benjamin M, Oscar A Cabrera, Ana S Ayala, and Lawrence O Gostin. "Bridging International Law and Rights-based Litigation: Mapping Health-related Rights through the Development of the Global Health and Human Rights Database." Health and Human Rights: An International Journal (2012).


Benjamin Mason Meier & Alicia Ely Yamin, Right to Health Litigation and HIV/AIDS Policy, 39 J. L. Med. & Ethics 81, 81-84 (2011).