Heels in the Field Discussion Series 3/27@5:30pm

The curriculum in Global Studies and the Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases are pleased to present Heels in the Field: A Global Health Discussion Series.

“Human Rights in Global Health:  From HIV Drugs to Clean Water"with Benjamin Mason Meier

Wednesday, March 27  |  5:30 PM – 6:30 PM  |   Room 1009, FedEx Global Education Center

Please RSVP to laram@email.unc.edu if you plan to attend.


Dr. Benjamin Mason Meier will discuss the application of human rights law to global health policy - tracing the evolution of a health and human rights movement from individual claims for access to HIV treatment to public health advocacy for water and sanitation systems.  Through this evolution, Dr. Meier's presentation will highlight the role of human rights law in global health advancement, the development of a right to health under international law, and the implementation of health-related rights through national accountability mechanisms.

Benjamin Mason Meier is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Meier’s interdisciplinary research—at the intersection of international law, public policy, and global health—examines rights-based approaches to health. Working collaboratively across UNC’s Department of Public Policy and Gillings School of Global Public Health, Dr. Meier has written and presented extensively on the development, evolution, and application of human rights in global health.


As a contributor to the development of global health policy, Dr. Meier serves additionally as a Scholar at Georgetown Law School’s O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law and as a consultant to international organizations, national governments, and nongovernmental organizations. Dr. Meier received his Ph.D. in Sociomedical Sciences from Columbia University, his J.D. and LL.M. in International and Comparative Law from Cornell Law School, and his B.A. in Biochemistry from Cornell University.


Next in the Series Heels in the Field will continue to explore the critical issues, controversies and innovative solutions in global health with an expert on HPV and cervical cancer, Dr. Jennifer Smith, on April 10th at 5:30pm in room 4003 of the FedEx Global Education Center. The “Heels in the Field: Global Health Discussion Series” is held in the fall and spring semesters and presents a forum for open and engaging learning and discussion on critical and current health issues. The series showcases innovative and outstanding UNC talent in the global effort to address pressing and critical health problems. To sign up for the speaker notifications or to be on the listserv, please contact Lara Markstein laram@email.unc.edu.