Thursday 24 May 2018, 15:30 - 17:00

Human Rights in Global Health

Rights-Based Governance for a Globalizing World

Organised by the O'Neill Institute, Georgetown Law

Auditorium Ivan Pictet, Maison de la Paix, Geneva

Institutions matter for the advancement of human rights in global health. Given the dramatic development of human rights under international law and the parallel proliferation of global institutions for public health, an imperative arises to understand the implementation of human rights through global health governance. We are pleased to invite you to the book launch of Human Rights in Global Health: Rights-Based Governance for a Globalizing World. The launch will be followed by a discussion with the contributing authors on the following topics:

  • Foundations of human rights as a framework of global health governance
  • World Health Organization mandate to pursue a rights-based approach to health
  • Role of inter-governmental organizations in health-related human rights
  • Influence of rights-based economic governance on public health
  • Recognition of global health among institutions of human rights governance



  • Benjamin Mason Meier, Zachary Taylor Smith Distinguished Chair in Public Policy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


  • Flavia Bustreo, Former Assistant Director-General, World Health Organization


  • Alicia Ely Yamin, Program Director, Health and Human Rights Initiative, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law

Panel Discussion

  • Veronica Magar, Team Leader, Gender, Equity and Human Rights , World Health Organization
  • Rebekah Thomas, Technical Officer, Human Rights , World Health Organization
  • Helena Nygren-Krug, Health and Human Rights Advisor, Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS
  • Suerie Moon, Director of Research, Global Health Centre, The Graduate Institute, Geneva
  • Thirukuraman Balasubramaniam, Geneva Representative, Knowledge Ecology International
  • Ralf Jürgens, Senior Coordinator, Human Rights, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria

Closing Remarks

  • Gian Luca Burci, Adjunct Professor, International Law, The Graduate Institute, Geneva

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