Harvard FXB Health and Human Rights Consortium

Supporting Open Access Publication

Health and Human Rights disseminates research and scholarship that supports the view that health is a human right. Since 2008, it has had an open access policy, removing financial barriers so that readers everywhere in the world have access to information. Furthermore, the journal holds a unique position in academic publishing because neither does it impose fees on authors for publication.* This unusual arrangement is made possible through the support of the Harvard FXB Health and Human Rights Consortium, our publisher Harvard University Press, and the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights.

Consortium members are committed to health and human rights in their research and teaching, practice, programs, and policy. Health and Human Rights values their commitment to open access and freedom of information.

*A publishing fee is applied only when authors have received research or university grants to publish in open access journals.

Consortium Members

Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley School of Law


The Human Rights Center at the University of California Berkeley School of Law promotes human rights and international justice worldwide and trains the next generation of human rights researchers and advocates. We are an independent research and training center that applies innovative technologies and scientific methods to investigate war crimes and other serious violations of human rights. Based on our findings, we recommend specific policy measures to protect vulnerable populations and hold perpetrators accountable. We train advocates around the world and provide them with the skills and tools necessary to document human rights abuses and turn this information into effective action.

Partners in Health, Boston PIHLogo

PIH is a global health organization relentlessly committed to improving the health of the poor and marginalized. We build local capacity and work closely with impoverished communities to deliver high quality health care, address the root causes of illness, train providers, advance research, and advocate for global policy change.

Human Rights Institute, University of Connecticut hri-fin_b

The Research Program on Global Health and Human Rights at the University of Connecticut’s Human Rights Institute was established in Spring 2013 with two central objectives. First, the Program aims to facilitate scholarly conversation and engaged dialogue among faculty who share an interest in health and human rights, broadly construed, across the University of Connecticut’s schools and campuses. Second, it serves as a platform for global health and human rights programming for the University community and beyond. The Program also has several research initiatives in process.

Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto UniversityofTorontoLogo

The Dalla Lana School of Public Health is a Faculty of the University of Toronto that originated as one of the Schools of Hygiene begun by the Rockefeller Foundation in 1927.  After a period of decline, the School of Public Health went through a dramatic renaissance after the 2003 SARS crisis and it is now the largest School of Public Health in Canada, with over 300 outstanding faculty, 450 students, 18 Institutes and Centres led by its faculty, including a new Institute for Global Health Equity & Innovation, and research and training partnerships with institutions throughout Toronto and the world. The School also brings to Health and Human Rights its partnership with the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics, one of the world’s leading such entities, with scholarship and training that spans clinical care, public health, and global health.

Mailman School, Columbia University, New York MailCR_2011

Founded in 1922, Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health pursues an agenda of research, education, and service to address the critical and complex public health issues affecting New Yorkers, the nation and the world. The Mailman School is the third largest recipient of NIH grants among schools of public health. Its over 450 multi-disciplinary faculty members work in more than 100 countries around the world, addressing such issues as preventing infectious and chronic diseases, environmental health, maternal and child health, health equity, health policy, and climate change and health. It is a leader in public health education with over 1,300 graduate students from more than 40 nations pursuing a variety of master’s and doctoral degree programs.

Institute of Global Health, Faculty of Medicine, Geneva UniversityGenevaLogo

In 2002, with the support of the Geneva Academic Society, a new impetus was given to Health and Human Rights research and training activities at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Geneva:

Training Activities

  • A “Health and Human Rights” Elective has been developed, first for 5th year medical students, later for 2nd and 3rd year medical students (since 2002).
  • Furthermore, a Certificate of Advanced Studies « Discrimination, Global Health and Human Rights » for health professionals has been implemented on a residential basis but also as a distance learning program (since 2005).
  • Finally, a Summer-School “Global Health and Human Rights” targeting College students from allover the world has been offered (since 2011).

Research Activities

  • Several research projects have been implemented over the years of which some are still running, e.g.:
    • Evaluation of health and human rights training programs as a health prevention strategy;
    • Evaluation of the social and economic impact of human rights violations, such as torture;
    • Surveys on indicators of the achievement of the right to health, such as patient satisfaction or the place of traditional medicine;
    • Reflection on and development of an epistemology framework of the right to health.

Furthermore, several collaborations have been initiated with international organizations and several international expertise missions have thus been carried out.

The support of the Presidency of the University and the Dean’s Office of the Faculty of Medicine have strengthened those activities, as well as external funding from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, the Federal Department of Home Affairs, the World Health Organization and the Global Health Workforce Alliance.

Website information about the Institute of Global Health, Geneva University can be found here.

Information about summer school courses in health and human rights can be found here.

National Economic & Social Rights Initiative, New York

NESRILogoNESRI works in the United States with community organizations, activists and advocates to create a universal health care system that is equitable, accountable to the people, and that treats health care as a public good, not a commodity.

O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University

1_O'Neill_PMSThe O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University was established to respond to the need for innovative solutions to the most pressing national and international health concerns. Housed at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington D.C., the O’Neill Institute reflects the importance of public and private law in health policy analysis.  The essential vision for the O’Neill Institute rests upon the proposition that the law hasbeen, and will remain, a fundamental tool for solving critical health problems in our local, national, and global communities.

The O’Neill Institute’s research program is organized around seven thematic areas, one of which is health and human rights.  Our featured health and human rights research projects include:

The O’Neill Institute also teaches courses on health and human rights through our Global Health Law LL.M. programs at Georgetown Law. Courses include: