Global Health Justice (CDE 586)

The Global Health Justice Practicum (CDE 586) aims to equip students to engage critically and constructively with the evolving tools of law, policy and rights in the context of global health. Through real-world projects students explore the means by which law, policy and rights can be used as tools to promote health within a global context. Readings and project work introduce students to the multiple lenses through which health issues can be tackled, and will build their competence to work with colleagues in other disciplines. Students work on most projects in multi-disciplinary teams. Resources are available for transnational travel as needed. The practicum accepts graduate students only, and is designed for a mix of public health students and law students, though select students from other disciplines may also be admitted. It runs only in the spring semester at this time. For application and further information, please contact Meredith.berger@yale.edu.

Examples of recent projects include:

U.N. Accountability for Cholera in Post-Earthquake Haiti

The report, produced in collaboration with the Transnational Development Clinic and Haitian Environmental Law Association (Association Hatïenne de Droit de L’Environment), examines the role the U.N. played in precipitating the crisis and the U.N.’s responsibilities to provide legal remedies to victims of the epidemic.

Miners' Health in Southern Africa

In June 2012, with support from the Gruber Foundation at Yale, GHJP faculty traveled to South Africa to develop a comprehensive research agenda regarding compensation for silicosis and tuberculosis acquired through gold mining; unanswered questions about these diseases’ epidemiology and their interaction with HIV; and clinical management of all three illnesses. 

Human Rights, Intellectual Property Law, & Access to Medicines

Access to medicines (A2M), and particularly to essential medicines, has been recognized as a core component of the right to the highest attainable standard of health.  This GHJP project seeks to address whether and how human rights norms and frameworks can be used to improve A2M by reducing the barriers that IP laws create. 

U.S. Congressional Aid for the Elimination of Obstetric Fistula

Obstetric fistula is a complication of childbirth, seen predominantly in Africa and some parts of Asia, with devastating physical, psychological, and social effects on women and their families. In the U.S. Congress, there is considerable interest in providing aid to eliminate the condition. This GHJP project was the result of a request from a Congressional office seeking input for a draft bill addressing obstetric fistula in Africa.