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Benjamin Meier

Benjamin Meier

Associate Professor, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law

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Benjamin Meier is an Associate Professor of Global Health Policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received his B.A. in Biochemistry from Cornell University, his J.D. from Cornell Law School, his LL.M. in International and Comparative Law from Cornell Law School and Université de Paris I, and his Ph.D. in Sociomedical Sciences from Columbia University. Dr. Meier's interdisciplinary research--at the intersection of public policy and global health--examines the harmful effects of neoliberal globalization policy on individual health status and national health systems.

Serving as a Scholar at Georgetown Law School's O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law and as a Faculty Fellow at UNC's Institute for Global Health and Infectious Disease, he has written and presented extensively on the development and evolution of human rights in global health governance through the World Health Organization. As a professor of courses in Ethics & Public Policy, Global Health Policy, and Health & Human Rights, Dr. Meier works collaboratively across UNC's Department of Public Policy and Gillings School of Global Public Health to advance an ethical basis for global health policy.

Selected Publications


Meier, Benjamin Mason, and Ana S Ayala. "The Pan American Health Organization & the Mainstreaming of Human Rights in Regional Health Governance." Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics 42, no. 3 (2014): 356-374.


Gable, Lance, and Benjamin Mason Meier. "Global health rights: Employing human rights to develop and implement the Framework Convention on Global Health." Health and Human Rights: An International Journal 15, no. 1 (2013).


Meier, Benjamin M, Oscar A Cabrera, Ana S Ayala, and Lawrence O Gostin. "Bridging International Law and Rights-based Litigation: Mapping Health-related Rights through the Development of the Global Health and Human Rights Database." Health and Human Rights: An International Journal (2012).


Benjamin Mason Meier & Alicia Ely Yamin, Right to Health Litigation and HIV/AIDS Policy, 39 J. L. Med. & Ethics 81, 81-84 (2011).