Isabel Barbosa is an associate director with the Health and Human Rights Initiative at the O’Neill Institute and an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University. She is engaged in scholarship, capacity building, and technical assistance activities related to sexual and reproductive health, as well as noncommunicable diseases, particularly tobacco control and food systems.

Prior to joining the O’Neill Institute, Barbosa was a consultant in Colombia at Women’s Link Worldwide, where she collaborated in strategic litigation before high courts in Latin America and within international human rights systems. She has also worked at the Inter-American Commission of Women, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, and the Office for Health Issues of the Federal Prosecution Service of Brazil, besides participating in government-funded research initiatives in Brazil about constitutional, philosophical, and ethical issues from a comparative perspective.

Barbosa is the recipient of the Global Health Law Scholarship from Georgetown, the Ling Institute Fellowship for Graduate Studies, and the CEAL-Santander Fellowship for Studies Abroad. She has also been selected for Women Deliver’s Young Leaders Program and for the Aspen Institute’s New Voices Fellowship, where she is currently a senior fellow.

Barbosa holds an LL.B. from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro and an LL.M. in global health law with a certificate in international human rights law from Georgetown University.


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