Center for Law in Science and Global Health

Global Health and Justice Project

The Global Health and Justice (GHJ) Project, based at the School of Law, is a multidisciplinary project that promotes academics, research and service learning in global health, social justice and development. Local and field opportunities in developing countries are available for faculty and students in collaboration with the Seattle-based NGO, Uplift International.

The Project was initiated in 2001 as faculty began to develop the Health and Human Rights course. It responds to a growing interest among students and faculty to participate in educational activities and research in global health issues from a human rights perspective. At the same time, there has been an increasing demand for practical experience in this evolving field.

We have active collaborations with many schools at the University of Washington, including the Schools of Medicine, Public Health and Community Medicine, the Jackson School of International Studies and the Evans School of Public Affairs. We also collaborate with foreign health and law NGOs, universities and governmental agencies in developing countries. The Global Health and Justice Project is currently engaged in activities that build capacity in health and human rights for professional communities and partner institutions. Under the directorship of Research Associate Professor Beth Rivin, the project provides faculty consultation in health law, policy and regulation, as well as curriculum development in bioethics, human rights and health.

Educational and Research Opportunities to UW Students

The Global Health and Justice Project has a track record of providing students with opportunities to participate in U.S.–based programs and field activities in Asia. Research and service-learning opportunities are available in collaboration with the Seattle-based NGO, Uplift International.

In 2003, students and UW faculty participated in the first National Conference on Health and Human Rights in Jakarta, Indonesia. Since 2003, the Global Health and Justice Project has provided mentored internships for UW students. They have participated in a wide range activities focused on health and human rights and health advocacy in the U.S. and Indonesia.

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