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Dr Alicia Ely Yamin delivers the J Kenyon Mason Institute Annual Lecture 2021 - watch recording now

Thu 13 May 2021

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On Wednesday 5 May 2021, the J Kenyon Mason Institute hosted its 2021 Annual Lecture. This year the lecture was delivered by Dr Alicia Ely Yamin of Harvard Law School on 'Pandemic Inequalities: An Inflection Point for Global Health and Human Rights'.

The J Kenyon Mason Institute Annual Lecture 2021 - Pandemic Inequalities: An Inflection Point for Global Health and Human Rights

Watch the full recording of the lecture below.


About our speaker

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 organisations.

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.

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

J Kenyon Mason Institute Essay Competition winners announced

During the event, the J Kenyon Mason Institute took the opportunity to announce and congratulate the winners and runners-up in both the undergraduate and postgraduate categories for its annual Essay Competition (2020-21 academic year) were announced. A recording of this announcement and list of winners can be viewed here.