Human Rights in Global Health: Rights-Based Governance for a Globalizing World

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Edited by Benjamin Mason Meier and Lawrence O. Gostin

Institutions matter for the advancement of human rights in global health. Given the dramatic development of human rights under international law and the parallel proliferation of global institutions for public health, there arises an imperative to understand the implementation of human rights through global health governance. This volume analyzes the evolving relationship between human rights, global governance, and public health, examining an expansive set of international organizations that employ human rights in responding to public health challenges in a rapidly globalizing world.

Bringing together leading health and human rights contributors from academia, non-governmental organizations, and the United Nations system, this volume explores: (1) the foundations of human rights as a framework for global health governance, (2) the mandate of the World Health Organization to pursue a rights-based approach to health, (3) the role of inter-governmental organizations across a range of health-related human rights, (4) the influence of rights-based economic governance on public health, and (5) the recognition of global health among institutions of human rights governance.

Human Rights in Global Health: Rights-Based Governance for a Globalizing World (2018) is now available from Oxford University Press or Amazon.com.

O’Neill Blog Series on Human Rights in Global Health

The O’Neill Blog Series on Human Rights in Global Health was launched in the spring of 2018 by O’Neill Institute Scholar Benjamin Mason Meier, Associate Professor of Global Health Policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  This blog series seeks to frame the implementation of human rights law through global health governance, with contributors exploring institutional approaches to mainstreaming human rights in global health.

Human Rights in Global Health: Rights-Based Governance for a Globalizing World

  • Benjamin Mason Meier, Associate Professor of Global Health Policy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Lawrence Gostin, Faculty Director, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University

Mainstreaming Human Rights Across The World Health Organization

  • Rebekah Thomas, Technical Officer for Human Rights in the Gender, Equity and Human Rights Team at the World Health Organization
  • Veronica Magar, Team Leader for Gender, Equity and Human Rights at the World Health Organization

Human Rights To Health And Safety At Work: The International Labor Organization

  • Lee Swepston, former Senior Adviser on Human Rights and Human Rights Coordinator for the International Labor Organization

UNICEF: Implementing Human Rights for Child Health

  • Benjamin Mason Meier, Associate Professor of Global Health Policy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Mitra Motlagh, the Head of UNICEF’s Human Rights Unit
  • Kumanan Rasanathan, the former Senior Adviser in UNICEF’s Health Section

The United Nations Population Fund: An Evolving Human Rights Mission and Approach to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Reproductive Rights

  • Emilie Filmer-Wilson, the Human Rights Adviser at UNFPA
  • Luis Mora, the Chief of the Gender, Human Rights and Culture Branch at UNFPA

The World Bank As A ‘Human Rights Free Zone’? Five Challenges And Opportunities To Integrating Rights In Its Health Work

  • Yusra Ribhi Shawar, Assistant Scientist at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health with a courtesy appointment at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies
  • Jennifer Prah Ruger, the Amartya Sen Professor of Health Equity, Economics, and Policy at the University of Pennsylvania

Mainstreaming the Human Right to Food Within the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations: The Rise and Decline of an Agenda for Change

  • Carolin Anthes, a Research Associate at the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF)

What’s “Special” about the System of United Nations Special Procedures?

  • Thérèse Murphy, Professor of Law and Director of the Health & Human Rights Unit at Queen’s University Belfast, and Amrei Müller, a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow within the Health & Human Rights Unit

Mapping the Evolution of the Right to Health at the Office of the High Commission for Human Rights

  • Gillian MacNaughton, Assistant Professor in the School for Global Inclusion and Social Development at the University of Massachusetts Boston, and Mariah McGill, a Senior Fellow with the Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy at Northeastern University School of Law

The Universal Periodic Review: Is It Delivering for Global Health?

  • Judith Bueno de Mesquita, Lecturer and Acting Director Human Rights Centre Clinic, School of Law and Human Rights Centre, University of Essex
  • Dabney P. Evans, Associate Professor, Hubert Department of Global Health, Emory University
  • Rebekah Thomas, Technical Officer, Gender, Equity and Human Rights, World Health Organization.

Thematic Area: Health and Human Rights

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