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The O’Neill Institute and Harvard FXB Global School Health Rights Litigation course will be co-directed by Professors Oscar Cabrera and Alicia Yamin. The faculty of the course consists of other globally renowned experts in the area of health rights litigation, including leading practitioners and scholars from around the world.


Oscar A. Cabrera, Abogado (JD equivalent), LL.M., is the Executive Director of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law and a Visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center. Previously at the O’Neill Institute, Oscar has served as the Deputy Director, Senior Fellow, and a Law Fellow. He is a foreign-trained attorney who earned his law degree in his home country of Venezuela, and his Master of Laws (LL.M.), with concentration in Health Law and Policy, at the University of Toronto. Before starting his Masters Degree program, Oscar worked as an Associate at a Venezuelan law firm (d’Empaire Reyna Bermudez).Oscar was awarded a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Health Law and Policy Fellowship for his Masters program. After earning his LL.M., he worked as a Research Associate with Professor Colleen Flood, at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law and the Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (CIHR-IHSPR). In this capacity, he was involved in several health law related projects.

Oscar has worked on projects with the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, among other organizations. He has studied and is interested in various health law related fields, such as public health law, sexual and reproductive rights, health and human rights, global tobacco litigation and health systems law and policy.

Alicia Ely Yamin is a Lecturer on Law and Global Health, and the Director of the JD /MPH program at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health. Alicia is also Policy Director at the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University, and the 2015-16 Marsha Lilien Gladstein Visiting Professor of Human Rights, University of Connecticut. Trained in both law and public health at Harvard, Alicia’s 20-year career at the intersection of health and human rights has bridged academia and activism. From 2007 to 2011, Alicia 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. For the past 15 years, Alicia has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Center for Economic and Social Rights, where she was the Chair from 2009-2014.

Alicia currently serves as a Commissioner on the Lancet – O’Neill Institute Commission on Global Health and the Law; the UN High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth’s expert group; and the Secretary-General’s Independent Accountability Panel for the Global Strategy for Women’s Children’s and Adolescents’ Health. She is a founding faculty member and a course director for the Global School on Socio-economic Rights, which seeks to build capacity among and create networks of practitioners and scholars from around the world relating to the legal enforcement of ESC rights. Alicia has published extensively on legal enforcement of ESC rights and health rights, and co-edited, with Siri Gloppen, Litigating Health Rights: Can courts bring more justice to health? (Harvard Human Rights Series, Harvard University Press, 2011), a leading volume on the impacts of health rights litigation across multiple countries. Alicia is a graduate of Harvard College (summa cum laude), Harvard Law School (cum laude), and the Harvard School of Public Health, where she received both the Samdperil and Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Awards upon graduation.

FEATURED Instructors

Joe Amon is Vice President for Neglected Tropical Diseases at Helen Keller International, overseeing the organization’s portfolio of work on parasitic and bacterial diseases in 20 countries in Africa and Asia. Prior to joining HKI in 2016 he was Director of the Health and Human Rights Division at Human Rights Watch where he conducted research and advocacy related to a wide range of issues including access to health care, disability rights, environmental health and palliative care. He holds a master’s degree from Tulane University and a Ph.D. from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He has lectured and held appointments at a number of universities, including Columbia, Princeton, Johns Hopkins, USUHS, and SciencesPo (Paris).

Jackie Dugard is an Associate Professor at the School of Law, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, where she teaches Property Law. She is also the director of the University’s Gender Equity Office. Jackie was the co-founder and first director of the Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI) and currently serves as Chairperson of SERI’s Board of Directors. Prior to co-founding SERI (in January 2010), Jackie was a Senior Researcher at the Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS) at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg between 2004 and 2009. Jackie’s areas of expertise are socio-economic rights, socio-legal studies and access to basic services and justice for the poor. Jackie has a BA (Hons) in African Politics and an LLB from the University of the Witwatersrand; an MPhil in the Sociology and Politics of Development and a PhD in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge; and an LLM in International Human Rights Law from the University of Essex.

Peter Maybarduk is the Director of Public Citizen’s access to medicines and knowledge economy group, which helps partners around the world overcome high-price pharmaceutical monopolies and secure the benefits of science, technology and culture for all. Peter has provided technical assistance to international organizations and to public agencies and civil society groups in more than three dozen countries. He is an intellectual property expert and presently a visiting fellow with the Information Society Program at Yale Law School. Peter’s work has yielded HIV/AIDS medicine price reductions, new state access to medicines policies and global shifts toward anti-counterfeiting policies that safeguard generic competition. His analysis and strategy helped eliminate many harmful measures from the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership. Peter studied technology law at Berkeley Law School (University of California) and anthropology at The College of William & Mary in Virginia.

Varun Gauri is Head of the Global Insights Initiative (GINI) and Senior Economist with the Development Research Group of the World Bank. His current research addresses three themes: how to use behavioral insights to enhance development policy, when public agencies comply with human rights orders, and why individuals support public goods. Varun was Co-Director of the World Development Report 2015: Mind, Society, and Behavior. He serves on the editorial boards of the journals Behavioral Public Policyand Health and Human Rights, the World Economic Forum Council on Behavior, the Advisory Board of Academics Stand Against Poverty, and is a member of the RSA (London). In addition to over 40 articles and book chapters, he has published the books Courting Social Justice: The Judicial Enforcement of Social and Economics Rights in the Developing World School and School Choice in Chile. His work has been covered in many media outlets, including The New York Times, The Economist, The Washington Post, and The Hindu. He has BA from the University of Chicago and a PhD from Princeton University, and has held positions as Visiting Lecturer in Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and Visiting Professor in the Department of Economics at ILADES in Santiago, Chile.

David Kabanda is the Programs Coordinator with the Center for Health, Human Rights and Development (CEHURD). He is an advocate with a special interest in Human Rights, mostly the right to health. He practices this through public interest litigation, research and invoking health equity, fairness and the doctrine of public trust. He has led several public interest cases in maternal health, mental health and the right to a clean and a healthy environment. His career is devoted to social inclusion and accountability in the areas of Economic, Social and Cultural rights, using human rights approaches. He lectures law and holds a Bachelors of Laws. He did a Post Graduate Bar Course Diploma at the Law Development Centre, Kampala Uganda and has a Masters in Law from Makerere University.

Andrea Parra is an attorney, legal activist and experiential trainer. She holds a law degree from the Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia and an LLM in American Law from Boston University. She is admitted to practice in New York state and Colombia. Between 2011 and 2016, she was the Director of the Action Program for Equality and Social Inclusion (PAIIS), a human rights law clinic at the Universidad de los Andes that engages in legal and political advocacy against discrimination based on disability, gender identity and sexual orientation. She was an adjunct professor at the same law school between 2009 and 2014. Prior to joining PAIIS, she worked as a senior staff attorney at Women’s Link Worldwide, where she directed the Gender Justice Observatory and worked on projects related to migrant women and implementation of international human rights standards. Between 2001 and 2006 she worked as staff attorney and supervisor of the domestic violence unit at the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project in Seattle, U.S. Since 2014, she is a training associate with Training for Change an organization that has developed an experiential methodology of training that supports activists to stand up more effectively for justice, peace and the environment. She has trained in Spain, Morocco, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Peru, Turkey, Switzerland, South Africa, India and in various cities of Colombia and the U.S. She is also a translator and interpreter on social justice issues. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the organizations Colombia Diversa, Women Enabled and Sinergias. @andreparrafo

Monica Roa is an independent consultant on human rights, social change and gender equality. She previously served as Vice President of Strategy and External Relations at Women’s Link Worldwide. Monica’s duties included the development of Women’s Link’s theory of change and strategic plan, which guide the organization’s contribution to the world human rights movement and the work methodology that the organization follows in order to implement its projects. She also worked with the President to raise funds, supervised the Communications Department, and provided guidance to the legal team on the design of legal strategies, alliances, and communications.Her advocacy for human rights and women’s rights has been widely recognized by the Colombian media, which named her Person of the Year in 2005 and 2006. In 2011, she was named one of Colombia’s top ten leaders. She currently teaches at the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at the American University, Washington, D.C. (United States). She has participated in academic, political and legal conferences in Latin America, Europe, Africa, Asia and the United States. Her many publications include Bodies on Trial: Sexual and Reproductive Rights in Latin American Courts, Litigating Reproductive Rights at the Inter-American System for Human Rights (Harvard), Litigio de alto impacto en Colombia, la inconstitucionalidad del aborto (Paidos), El derecho a decidir, avances, obstaculos y amenazas (Razon Publica), La objecion de conciencia en el aborto: escudo, no espada (Razon Publica), and Great Eggspectations: tecnologia reproductiva y los nuevos retos para la autonomia de las mujeres (Universidad Nacional de Colombia). Monica received her law degree from the University of the Andes (Colombia) and her Master of Laws as a Global Public Service Law Scholar from New York University (United States).

Eric Rosenthal is Founder and Executive Director of Disability Rights International (DRI). Rosenthal established DRI in 1993 as one of the first human right advocacy organizations dedicated to the protection and community integration of people with disabilities worldwide. Since then, Eric has trained human rights and disability activists in three-dozen countries worldwide. DRI reports have brought unprecedented world attention to the human rights of children and adults detained in orphanages and psychiatric facilities. Eric has served as a consultant to the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, and the US National Council on Disability (NCD). On behalf of NCD, he co-authored US Foreign Policy and Disability (September 2003), a report that led to legislation to make US foreign assistance accessible to people with disabilities. Eric is a board member and former Vice-President of the US International Council on Disability (USICD), and he chaired the USICD Committee working for US ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Eric received the Charles Bronfman Prize in 2013 and the Henry A. Betts Award from the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) in 2008. Eric received a law degree cum laude from Georgetown (1992) and a BA from the University of Chicago (1985). Eric holds the 2015-2016 Fr. Robert Drinan Chair in International Human Rights at Georgetown University Law Center.

Lilian Sepulveda is Vice President of the Global Legal Program at the Center for Reproductive Rights. Lilian became the Director of the Global Legal Program in 2012. She joined the Center in 2002 as a Legal Fellow and had served as Deputy Director since 2010. Lilian, who is originally from Chile, has spearheaded much of the litigation, advocacy, and legal reform in the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) region. She directly litigated two landmark cases – Paulina Ramirez v. Mexico and Alyne da Silva v. Brazil – and coordinated overall litigation for the LAC team on other historic victories, including K.L. v. Peru and L.C. v. Peru. She edited Bodies on Trial: Reproductive Rights in Latin American Courts, a key regional publication of the International Legal Program, and authored or co-authored many articles and papers, including “What Role can International Litigation Play in the Promotion and Advancement of Reproductive Rights in Latin America?” Lilian also has been instrumental in training more than 50 fellowship attorneys and legal interns over the course of her career at the Center. She lectures widely at universities and before policy institutions and has conducted reproductive rights trainings for fellow advocates and health professionals. Lilian has taught at Rutgers University, from which she graduated with a law degree. Prior to joining the Center, she worked at International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. She’s also a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She’s fluent in Spanish, proficient in French, and has a working knowledge of Portuguese.