January 25, 2024

The Hastings Center has elected Oscar A. Cabrera, director of the Health and Human Rights Initiative and director of the Global Center for Legal Innovation on Food Environments, as one of its newest fellows. 

Cabrera joins a prestigious group of over 200 scholars and practitioners whose scholarship and work have significantly impacted the fields of health, health care, science, and technology. Hailing from all over the world, Hastings Center Fellows represent a wide range of professions — from academic bioethicists to journalists and lawyers and more.

“I have always admired the work of the Hastings Center, and I am honored to be part of a group of distinguished fellows,” said Oscar A. Cabrera. “I extend my congratulations to those selected, and I look forward to collaborating with the talented colleagues at the Hastings Center.”

In addition to his positions at the O’Neill Institute, Cabrera is a visiting professor of law at Georgetown Law. His expertise spans various health law-related fields, including health and human rights, public health law, sexual and reproductive rights, noncommunicable diseases and the law, and health systems law and policy. He has worked extensively with numerous national and international organizations, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, the Pan American Health Organization, and with civil society organizations. Cabrera previously served on the board of directors at the Coalition for Americas’ Health and is currently the president of the board of directors at the Inter-American Heart Foundation Argentina. 

Cabrera has also published extensively in books, journals, and the media. He frequently engages with academic journals as an editor of special issues, including the Journal of Law, Medicine, & Ethics and currently serves on the editorial board of the Health and Human Rights Journal.

“As one of the leading scholars in global health law and human rights, Oscar is so deserving of this recognition by the Hastings Center,” added Katie Gottschalk, executive director of the O’Neill Institute. “He has devoted his career to advancing the right to health and justice, particularly in Latin America, through the use of human rights legal frameworks.”

The Hastings Center is a world renowned nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that was central to the establishment of the field of bioethics. It is the oldest independent, interdisciplinary research institute of its kind in the world.

Learn more about Oscar A. Cabrera’s work at the O’Neill Institute