Essential Health and Human Rights Resources and Courses


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Resource Guides



Three databases have launched in recent years that provide information on the law, human rights, and health. Each seeks to organize and put online legal information relevant for policy analysis, human rights research, and advocacy.

Global Health and Human Rights Database is a free online database of case law, national constitutions, and international instruments from around the world relating to health and human rights.

LawAtlas is the world’s first and only software system designed specifically for scientifically coding and publishing legal data. It was created to demonstrate the value and feasibility of “policy surveillance.”

Doctors who Torture Accountability Project is a compilation of documents discussing the status of physician-supervised torture around the world.

To explore the nature of each project, the motivation behind it, and what this explosion of resources might mean for the larger field of public health law and health and human rights scholars and activists,  Joseph Amon, Director of the Health and Human Rights Division at Human Rights Watch, held a virtual roundtable discussion among individuals working on each project. Read the full discussion here.



Upcoming Events


May 19, 2016 European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation Public Health and Human Rights: Current Challenges and Possible Solutions Venice, Italy
June 13-17, 2016 Harvard FXB & O’Neill Institute, Georgetown, Global School Health Rights Litigation Course Washington, DC, USA
June 2-5, 2016  Law and Society Association Conference  Marriott Hotel, New Orleans, LA USA
Oct 29-Nov 2, 2016  APHA Annual Meeting: Theme – Creating the Healthiest Nation:Ensuring the Right to Health  Denver, Colorado, US




Institution School/Center/Program Courses Offered
Boston University School of Public Health Department of Health Law, Bioethics, and Human Rights Health and Human Rights; Health Law, Bioethics, and Human Rights
Brown University Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights
Columbia University – Mailman School of Public Health Climate and Health Program
Columbia University – Mailman School of Public Health Global Health Initiative
Columbia University – Mailman School of Public Health Averting Maternal Death and Disability Program
Duke University – Global Health Institute Duke Hubert-Yeargan Center for Global Health
Georgetown University Law Center O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law Global Health Law LLM
Harvard School of Public Health FXB Center for Health and Human Rights Health and Human Rights Intensive Course; Health Rights Litigation
Johns Hopkins – Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Public Health and Human Rights Health and Human Rights Seminar;  Human Rights for Public Health Practitioners
Northeastern University – School of Law Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE) – Right to Health Program
Suffolk University Center for Women’s Health and Human Rights
University College London Centre for Philosophy, Justice and Health – Project on The Human Right to Health and Priority Setting in Healthcare
University of California Berkeley, School of Law Human Rights Center
University of California Los Angeles School of Law Health and Human Rights Law Project
University of Capetown – School of Public Health and Family Medicine Health and Human Rights Programme  Public Health and Human Rights
University of Chicago Pozen Family Center for Human Rights – Health and Human Rights Initiative Health and Human Rights
University of Connecticut, Human Rights Institute The Research Program on Global Health and Human Rights
University of Essex Human Rights Centre Health and Human Rights projects
University of Minnesota – School of Public Health Program in Human Rights and Health
University of Southern California Program on Global Health and Human Rights
University of Toronto Dalla Lana School of Public Health
University of Geneva Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine
University of the Western Cape School of Public Health  Health in Medical Anthropology
Maastricht University Maastricht Center for Human Rights  Medical Ethics: Moral Health Care Dilemmas from a European Perspective; Global Justice and Human Rights
Indian Institute of Health Management and Research Online  Ethics of Public Health Practice in Developing Countries
Monash University Castan Centre for Human Rights Law  Gender and International Relations
University of New South Wales Australian Human Rights Centre  South Africa Human Rights Clinic
University of Sydney Masters Program in Human Rights  Ethics and Public Health
University of Pretoria Centre for Human Rights  Sexual and Reproductive Rights in Africa


Resource Guides

The Health and Human Rights Resource Guide, a joint venture between the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights and Open Society Foundations,  is designed to be a resource on how advocates and practitioners worldwide can apply a human rights-based approach to health issues.





Justice Programs for Public Health: A Good Practice Guide is a comprehensive tool for both justice organizations/funders interested in addressing pressing public health needs, and public health groups that recognize justice is as critical to public health as medicine. Published by Open Society Foundations, the guide unpacks key lessons and challenges identified in applying justice to advance public health goals. It also defines the chief health and human rights concerns of six specific populations, though their lessons apply broadly.









This quick reference guide intended to contribute to the efforts of National Human Rights Institutions/Independent Human Rights Institutions for Children to effectively and meaningfully implement a human rights-based approach (HRBA) to sexual and reproductive health, maternal health and under-5 child health. It complements other tools and builds on the two technical guidance documents of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on a human rights-based approach to the reduction of preventable maternal mortality and morbidity and under-5 mortality and morbidity, which were both welcomed by the United Nations Human Rights Council.

– View the guide here


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