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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
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 and the Zachary Taylor Smith Distinguished Chair in 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 chair of the American Public Health Association’s Human Rights Forum, and as a consultant to international organizations, national governments, and nongovernmental organizations.

Dr. Meier is just returning from research leave during the 2016-2017 academic year, during which he developed a textbook on Global Health & Human Rights, edited a volume on Human Rights in Global Health: Rights-Based Governance for a Globalizing World, coordinated special issues of Global Health Governance and BMC International Health & Human Rights, and finalized a project on Assessing Foreign Public Health Legal Landscapes to Facilitate Achievement of U.S. Global Health Security Goals (with FHI 360 and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).  In June 2017, he received the 2017 Outstanding Recent Alumni Award from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.


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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