Benjamin Mason Meier is a professor of global health policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Meier’s interdisciplinary research, which focuses on the intersection of public health, international law, and public policy, examines the human rights foundations of global health law. Working collaboratively across UNC’s Department of Public Policy and the Gillings School of Global Public Health, he has written extensively on the development, evolution, and application of human rights in global health and consulted frequently with international organizations, national governments, and nongovernmental organizations.
His recent global health governance volume, Human Rights in Global Health: Rights-Based Governance in a Globalizing World (Oxford University Press 2018), examines the influence of human rights in the health efforts of international organizations. Drawing from this comparative analysis of international organizations, Meier has co-edited an academic textbook for the field of health and human rights, Foundations of Global Health & Human Rights (Oxford University Press 2020), which provides an educational foundation for the future of the discipline. To advance legal scholarship on contemporary global health issues, he and Lawrence Gostin have launched a quarterly column on global health law in the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics.
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.