The Harvard Law School Library staff invite you to attend a book talk and discussion in celebration of the recent publication of When Misfortune Becomes Injustice: Evolving Human Rights Struggles for Health and Social Equality by Alicia Ely Yamin (Stanford Univ. Press, Feb. 2020).
Friday, February 7, 2020, at noon, with lunch
Harvard Law School Milstein East B/C
1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA
No RSVP required
This talk is co-sponsored by the Harvard Law School Library and by the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School.
Professor Yamin will be joined by commentators:
Sue J. Goldie is the Roger Irving Lee Professor of Public Health and Director of the Center for Health Decision Science, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Director of the Global Health Education and Learning Incubator at Harvard University.
Michael Ashley Stein is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Harvard Law School Project on Disability, and Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School.
Katharine Young is an Associate Professor at Boston College Law School.
About When Misfortune Becomes Injustice: Evolving Human Rights Struggles for Health and Social Equality
“When Misfortune Becomes Injustice surveys the progress and challenges faced in deploying human rights to advance health and social equality over the last thirty years, with a particular focus on women’s health and sexual and reproductive health and rights. Alicia Ely Yamin weaves together firsthand experience as an academic, practitioner, and advocate, with arguments drawn from law, public health, economics and democratic theory, to explore how evolving international and national legal norms, the advent of medical and technological discoveries, and economic policies have interacted in the realization of health-related rights.
When Misfortune Becomes Injustice tells a story of extraordinary progress with respect to health-related rights over the last few decades, in both conceptual frameworks and diverse people’s lived realities. However, Yamin shows that over these same years economic reforms at global and national levels, shrank the political space necessary to realize a robust agenda in health and other social rights. In the face of ballooning inequality, a loss of confidence in democratic institutions and multilateralism, and existential threats posed by climate change today, Yamin proposes a re-energized human rights praxis to promote health, gender equality and social justice.” — Stanford University Press
About Alicia Ely Yamin
Alicia Ely Yamin is a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School and has spent half of her professional career working outside the United States, with and through local organizations. She currently leads the Global Health and Rights Project, a collaboration of the Petrie-Flom Center on Health Law Policy, Biotechnology and Bioethics at Harvard Law School and the Global Health Education and Learning Incubator at Harvard University. Yamin is known globally for her pioneering scholarship and advocacy in relation to economic and social rights, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and the right to health.