Category: Law

Public Health Post: Nils Melzer, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture visits BUSPH

October 28, 2019 Professor Nils Melzer is the Human Rights Chair of the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights and a Professor of International Law at the University of Glasgow. Since 2016, Melzer has served as the United Nations’ Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. Throughout ...

BUSPH: ‘Criminalizing FGM Is a Necessary Protective Measure’

Published on: October 3, 2019 Female genital mutilation and cutting (FGM/C) is widely recognized as an act of violence against women, torture, and a violation of human rights. It is defined as the cutting of, injury to, or removal of parts of a girl’s genitalia. The Massachusetts legislature is currently considering bills that would criminalize ...

BU Today: [POV] Child Detention at the Border Is Torture

July 18, 2019 Written by: Sondra Crosby & George Annas Each day brings, it seems, new horrors from American child detention facilities on the Texan border: children in cramped cells, in dirty, squalid conditions, many suffering from scabies, shingles, and chicken pox, separated from their families. The World War II Japanese-American internment camps have been ...

The Hastings Center: ‘It’s Unethical to Use Dental X-Rays to Send Migrant Children to Adult Detention Facilities’

Published on: July 2, 2019 After the Taliban murdered his father and brother, and fearing for his own life, Hamid fled Afghanistan. As with many asylum seekers fleeing persecution, he entered the United States seeking safety and refuge. Hamid’s national ID card stated he was 17 years old when he presented himself to U.S. officials, but they ...

Reflections on the 70th Anniversary of the Nuremberg Doctors’ Trial

GLP founders George Annas and Michael Grodin, along with Sondra Crosby and Gilbert Benavidez, were tasked with writing a series of articles pertaining to the 70th anniversary of the Nuremberg Doctor’s trial for the American Journal of Public Health. In an AJPH editorial, Annas and Grodin write: “The authors of the series of articles in ...

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Health Law Advocates 21st annual Breakfast

This past Wednesday was the 21st annual Health Law Advocates breakfast! GLP was in attendance and it was definitely a great experience. Former Govenor of Massachusetts and Presidential Candidate Mike Dukakis and Larry Wilmore each spoke. Health Law Advocates  (HLA) is a 501(c)(3) public interest law firm whose mission is to provide pro bono legal ...

A Culture of Health and Human Rights

In this month’s issue of Health Affairs, professors George Annas and Wendy Mariner write about A Culture of Health and Human Rights that can be viewed as a social norm that values health as the nation’s highest priority. Human rights, established in the declaration of human rights, are to be the foundation and underlying theme of ...