Alicia Ely Yamin is a Senior Fellow in Global Health and Rights at the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology and Bioethics (PFC) at Harvard Law School and a Senior Scholar in Residence at the Global Health Education and Learning Incubator (GHELI) at Harvard University. She directs the joint Global Health and Rights Project, which is a joint project of PFC and GHELI. Yamin is also a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School (Spring 2020) and an Adjunct Lecturer on Global Health and Population at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health as well as an affiliated faculty member of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
Yamin has been an Independent Accountability Panel member since 2016. Trained in both law and public health at Harvard, her 25+-year career at the intersection of health and human rights has bridged academia and activism. She is known globally for her pioneering scholarship and advocacy in relation to economic and social rights, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and the right to health. She has contributed to and consulted on the drafting of multiple General Comments by UN treaty bodies, as well as UN Human Rights Council resolutions. She regularly advises on specific cases, submitting amicus curiae briefs and providing expert testimony to tribunals and legislative bodies around the globe relating to the application of international and constitutional law to health issues.
Yamin has published more than 100 scholarly articles on international and comparative constitutional law, development and public health. She has edited and written multiple books, in both English and Spanish. Her latest book is When Misfortune becomes Injustice: Evolving Human Rights Struggles for Health and Social Equality (Stanford University Press, 2020).
Alicia Ely Yamin served as a Commissioner on the Lancet Commission on Global Health and the Law and currently serves on the WHO’s Technical Advisory Group on Health Technology Assessments for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as the Lancet Commission on Arctic Health.