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Benjamin Mason Meier, JD, LLM, PhD

Benjamin Mason Meier, JD, LLM, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Public Policy
Adjunct Associate Professor
Department of Health Policy and Management
  • 103 Abernethy Hall
  • CB #3435
  • Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3435
Benjamin Mason Meier, JD, LLM, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Global Health Policy in the Department of Public Policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dr. Meier’s interdisciplinary research—at the intersection of global health, international law, and public policy—examines rights-based approaches to health. Working collaboratively across UNC’s Department of Public Policy and Gillings School of Global Public Health, Dr. Meier has written and presented extensively on the development, evolution, and application of human rights in global health.

As a contributor to the development of global health policy, Dr. Meier serves additionally as a Scholar at Georgetown Law School’s O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, as the past chair of the American Public Health Association’s Human Rights Forum, and as a consultant to international organizations, national governments, and nongovernmental organizations.

Having just published a volume on Human Rights in Global Health: Rights-Based Governance for a Globalizing World (Oxford University Press 2018), Dr. Meier is currently developing a new text on Foundations of Global Health & Human Rights (Oxford University Press 2020); coordinating special issues of Global Health Governance (Global Health Justice & Governance) and the Health & Human Rights Journal (Human Rights for Health across the United Nations); and finalizing a project on Assessing Foreign Public Health Legal Landscapes to Facilitate Achievement of U.S. Global Health Security Goals.  

In June 2017, he received the Outstanding Recent Alumni Award from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, in November 2018, he received the Early Career Award for Excellence in Public Health Law from the American Public Health Association, and in March 2019, he received the Teaching Innovation Award from the Department of Health Policy & Management.

Dr. Meier received his Ph.D. in Sociomedical Sciences from Columbia University, his J.D. and LL.M. in International and Comparative Law from Cornell Law School, and his B.A. in Biochemistry from Cornell University.


BA, Biochemistry, Cornell University, 1998

JD, Law, Cornell University, 2001

LLM, Law, Cornell University, 2001

PhD, Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University, 2009

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