The J Kenyon Mason Institute 2021 Annual Lecture
From Iain Mcgee on May 12th, 2021
Dr Alicia Ely Yamin
Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics Harvard Law School
Introduction by Professor Anne-Maree Farrell , Chair of Medical Jurisprudence at Edinburgh Law School and Director of the Mason Institute.
I am delighted to introduce our Keynote Speaker, who will be giving the Annual Lecture today, the title of which is Pandemic Inequalities: An Inflection Point for Global Health and Human Rights
Her name is Dr Alicia Ely Yamin, and she is based in the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School, in the United States.
By way of background, Dr Ely Yamin trained in both law and public health at Harvard, with a now 20+-year career at the intersection of global health and human rights where she has been able to bridge academia and activism, in law and global health and development.
She has lived in Latin America and East Africa for half of her professional life, working with and through local advocacy organizations.
Known globally for her pioneering and transdiciplinary scholarship in relation to economic and social rights, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and the right to health, Dr Ely Yamin has contributed to multiple human rights treaty General Comments/Recommendations, UN Special Procedure consultations, and reports prepared for Human Rights Council resolutions.
Dr Ely Yamin currently leads the Global Health and Rights Project, which is a collaboration of the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard.
As part of her work on the project, much of her current research and policy activities focus on legal and ethical issues in relation to priority setting for Universal Health Coverage. She also serves as an Adjunct Lecturer on Global Health and Population at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, and is an affiliated faculty member of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
In 2016, the UN Secretary General appointed Yamin as one of nine international global health experts to the Independent Accountability Panel (IAP) for the Global Strategy on Women's, Children's and Adolescents' Health in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
In 2019, Yamin was also appointed to the WHO’s Technical Advisory Group on Health Technology Assessments for Universal Health Coverage in the SDGs. She has served on numerous WHO, PAHO, World Bank and UN Task Forces, Steering Committees, and Technical Advisory Groups, as well as Lancet Commissions.
She has published dozens of scholarly articles in both law journals and peer-reviewed public health journals. Her books include Power, Suffering and the Struggle for Dignity: Human Rights Frameworks for Health and Why They Matter which was published in 2018; and her most recently published book which is When Misfortune becomes Injustice: Evolving Human Rights Struggles for Health and Social Equality