Alicia Ely Yamin, JD, MPH

Headshot of a womanAlicia Ely Yamin, JD, MPH is a Lecturer and Senior Fellow at the Harvard T.C. Chan School of Public Health and a Senior Advisor on Human Rights for Partners in Health.

Alicia Ely Yamin, JD, MPH, is currently a Lecturer on Law and Senior Fellow at the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology and Bioethics at Harvard Law School; and Senior Advisor on Human Rights at the global health justice organization, Partners In Health (PIH).

In 2016, the UN Secretary General appointed Yamin as one of 10 international global health experts to the Independent Accountability Panel for Women's, Children's and Adolescents' Health in the Sustainable Development Goals. She also serves on the WHO’s Technical Advisory Group on Health Technology Assessments, as well as the Lancet Commission on Arctic Health and  the Expert Working Group on Global Public Investment (on behalf of PIH).

Yamin was named by the Colombian Constitutional Court as an Independent Expert on the implementation of  T 760/08, a major structural judgment that led to significant health system reform. She was also the only non-Kenyan appointed to the oversight committee for health matters of the Constitutional Implementation Commission in relation to the 2010 Kenyan Constitution. She regularly provides expert testimony and guidance to national and supra-national tribunals and legislative bodies around the globe, in relation to the application of international and constitutional law to health issues.

Trained in both law and public health at Harvard, Yamin’s 25+-year career at the intersection of global health and human rights has bridged academia and activism, as well as law and global health/development.  Yamin has lived and worked in Latin America and East Africa for half of her professional life, working with and through local advocacy organizations.