Past Events 2016–17

Women’s rights, abortion debates, and the Zika epidemic: a conversation with Debora Diniz, Brazilian scholar and activist

March 30, 2017
Debora Diniz is a law professor at the University of Brasília, in Brazil, and co-founder of Anis: Institute of Bioethics, Human Rights and Gender, a feminist organization dedicated to bioethics in Latin America. Her research interests include reproductive and sexual rights, disability, criminal justice and prison systems, and research ethics. She has extensive advocacy experience working with the Brazilian Supreme Court on cases on involving abortion, marriage equality, secular state, and stem cell research.

An anthropologist by training and documentarian, Debora’s films have received more than 50 prizes. Her most recent film is “Zika”, which tells the story of five Brazilian women surviving the epidemic. One of her documentaries on abortion was the first film to ever be exhibited at a Supreme Court public hearing.

Debora is currently a visiting fellow with the Global Health Justice Partnership, a program co-hosted by Yale Law School and Yale School of Public Health.

Funding for this event provided by the Oscar M. Ruebhausen Fund at Yale Law School.


The Constitutional Right to Health: Current Evidence and Debates

March 6, 2017
Matthew Kavanagh, Fellow at Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, Mumford Doctoral Fellow in Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania.
Natalia Pires de Vasconcelos, Fox Fellow at the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale Law School


The Global Health Crisis: The US and Beyond

February 21, 2017
Panel Discussion
Israfil Boyaci: Private Hospitals and Access to Healthcare: The Case of Turkey
Alexandra Jønsson: Aging and Gender Inequalities in Health Care
Satveer Kaur: Inverting Health Communication Research: Building Leadership from Below
Natalia Pires de Vasconcelos: Courts and Healthcare: Responses from Policy Officials in Brazil
Keynote speaker: Kevin Counihan, Former CEO of Healthcare.Gov
Moderator: Jacob Hacker, Director of the Institution for Social and Policy, Stanley B. Resor Professor of Political Science, Yale University

The Three C's of Progressive Reform

February 16, 2017
Deborah Peterson Small, Executive Director of Breaking the Chains


Reproductive experiences and decision-making in the context of Zika: Preliminary findings from a qualitative study with women, men, and couples in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

February 13, 2017
Christine Ricardo, GHJP Clinical Fellow


Drug Courts: Addressing Addiction and Mass Incarceration

February 13, 2017
Aaron Arnold, Director, Drug Court Programs and Tribal Justice Exchange at the Center for Court Innovation
Eric Sevigny, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology, Georgia State University Andrew Young School of Policy Studies
Denise Tomasini-Joshi, Deputy Director, International Harm Reduction Development, Open Society Foundations


Brown Bag with Fox Fellow Natalia Pires de Vasconcelos - Courts and the right to healthcare in Brazil: policy strategies to comply with judicial decisions

November 16, 2016


Brown Bag with GHJP Visiting Fellow Eszter Kismodo - Inside the whirlwind: An NGO view on UN Women’s policy development on "sex work, sex trade and prostitution"

November 1, 2016

The Zika epidemic: Understanding social determinants and the role of international cooperation

October 13, 2016
Dr. Paulo Gadelha, President, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz);
Dr. Paulo Buss, former President, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz); Member of the WHO Commission on the Social Determinants of Health;
Dr. Luiz Galvão, Senior Researcher, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz)

Seeking justice and compensation for South African mine workers: the story of the Asbestos Relief Trust

October, 6 2016
Dr Jim te Water Naudé, Diagnostic Medicine

Transforming the Global Economic Order: Understanding Critical Perspectives on the TPP

October 4, 2016
Keynote: The Politics of the TPP, U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT)
Remarks by Lori Wallach of Public Citizen

Panel: Economic and Legal Implications, Lori Wallach, Ganesh Sitaraman (Vanderbilt) Dean Baker (CEPR), Matt Stoller (Senate Budget Committee)

Panel: Workers, the Environment, and Public Health, Moderator: Amy Kapczynski, Judit Rius (Doctors Without Borders), Damon Silvers (AFL-CIO) Ben Beachy (Sierra Club), Sanya Reid Smith (Third World Network)

Video recording of the Keynote
Video recording of panels

The Legal Causes of - and Solutions to - the Drug Price Problem

September 26, 2016
Aaron Kesselheim, Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics, Brigham and Women's Hospital;
Amy Kapczynski, (YLS/GHJP);
Sarah Emond, Institute for Clinical and Economic Review.
Moderator - Zain Rizvi YLS '17

The High Cost of Prescription Drugs in the United States: Origins and Prospects for Reform
JAMA article co-authored by Aaron Kesselheim, Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics, Brigham and Women's Hospital

Evaluating Comparative Effectiveness And Value to Achieve Fair Prices
Powerpoint Presentation by Sarah Emond, Institute for Clinical and Economic Review

A Prescription for Excessive Drug Pricing: Leveraging Government Patent Use for Health
Powerpoint Presentation by Amy Kapczynski, (YLS/GHJP)

Battling Superbugs: Developing legal and policy responses to drug-resistant bacteria

September 19, 2016
Rachel Cohen, Regional Executive Director of the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative, North America.
Steven Hoffman, Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Global Strategy Lab at the University of Ottawa.
Aaron Kesselheim, Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a faculty member at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Moderator - Zain Rizvi YLS '17
Video recording of the event