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Eric A. Friedman

Eric A. Friedman

Institute Associate

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Eric A. Friedman, J.D., is an Institute Associate and the Project Leader for the Joint Action and Learning Initiative on National and Global Responsibilities for Health (JALI), which supports a Framework Convention on Global Health grounded in the human right to health and aimed at closing health inequities. He holds a law degree from Yale Law School and B.A. from Yale College.

Before joining the O’Neill Institute, Eric was Senior Global Health Policy Advisor at Physicians for Human Rights, where he focused on health systems, the global shortage of health workers, and HIV/AIDS, and sought to increase the extent to which U.S. global health policy, and health workforce and systems policies globally, incorporated the right to health. He also served on the Board of the Global Health Workforce Alliance, an international partnership hosted by the World Health Organization, and chaired the Health Workforce Advocacy Initiative.

Eric’s primary interest is global health and human rights, especially the right to health, the importance of developing equitable, accountable health systems, and the responsibilities of all governments towards improving people’s health, domestically and globally.

Selected Publications


Gostin, Lawrence O, and Eric A Friedman. "A retrospective and prospective analysis of the west African Ebola virus disease epidemic: robust national health systems at the foundation and an empowered WHO at the apex." The Lancet (2015).

Gostin, Lawrence O., Eric A. Friedman, and Daniel Hougendobler. "EBOLA, THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION, AND BEYOND: TOWARD A FRAMEWORK FOR GLOBAL HEALTH SECURITY." O'Neill Institute Briefing (2015).


Ooms, G. , R. Martin, A. Waris, R. Hammonds, M. Mulumba, and E. A. Friedman. "Great expectations for the World Health Organization: a Framework Convention on Global Health to achieve universal health coverage." The Public Health Journal 128, no. 2 (2014): 173-178.

Gostin, Lawrence O, Eric Friedman, and Dan Hougendobler. "West Africa’s Ebola Epidemic Is Out of Control, but Never Had to Happen." The O'Neill Institue for National and Global Health Law Briefing, no. 9 (2014).


Friedman, Eric A., and Lawrence O. Gostin. "Pillars for Progress on the Right to Health". In Advancing the Human Right to Health. London: Oxford University Press, 2013.

Friedman, Eric A., Jashodhara Dasgupta, Lawrence O. Gostin, and Alicia Ely Yamin. "Realizing the Right to Health Through a Framework Convention on Global Health?" Health and Human Rights: An International Journal Introduction, no. 15, 1 (2013).


Gostin, Lawrence O., and Eric A. Friedman. "Pillars for progress on the right to health: Harnessing the potential of human rights through a Framework Convention on Global Health." Health and Human Rights: An International Journal 14, no. 1 (2012).


Gostin, Lawrence O., Eric A. Friedman, Gorik Ooms, Thomas Gebauer, Narendra Gupta, Devi Sridhar, Wang Chenguang, John-Arne Røttingen, and David Sander. "The Joint Action and Learning Initiative: Towards a Global Agreement on National and Global Responsibilities for Health." PLoS Medicine 8, no. 5 (2011): e1001031.


Gostin, Lawrence O., Gorik Ooms, Mark Heywood, Just B. Haffeld, Sigrun Møgedal, John-Arne Røttingen, and Eric A. Friedman. "The Joint Action and Learning Initiative on National and Global Responsibilities for Health." World Health Report, Background Paper 53 (2010).

Friedman, Eric A., and Eli Y. Adashi. "The Right to Health as the Unheralded Narrative of Health Care Reform." Journal of the American Medical Association 304, no. 23 (2010): 2639-2640.


Friedman, Eric A. Building Rights-Based Health Systems: A Focus on the Health Workforce. Editted by Andrew Clapham, and Mary Robinson. Zurich: Rüffer & Rub, 2009.


Cooper, Maggie, and Eric A. Friedman. "The Right to Health and Health Workforce Planning." Physicians for Human Rights (2008).


Friedman, Eric A. "Preventing Brain Drain: Building Equitable Health Systems in Africa." Physicians for Human Rights (2004).