The Global Institute for Health and Human Rights - GIHHR

The Global Institute for Health and Human Rights was officially founded in 2013 by physicians and renowned human rights activists Kamiar Alaei and Arash Alaei with the mission of generating a deeper understanding of the intersection between health and human rights, and promoting innovative solutions to contemporary challenges in this arena. Through research, education, policy, advocacy and development, the Institute seeks to advance the understanding and protection of health and human rights in a theoretical, academic, practical, and ethical context.


Fall 2017 Newsletter
Read the Global Institute for Health and Human Right's fall 2017 newsletter here.

International Student-Student and Faculty-Faculty Collaborations on Public Health Projects

Dr. Kamiar Alaei and the Global Institute for Health and Human Rights, in collaboration with GIHHR co-founder Dr. Arash Alaei, are developing faculty-faculty and student-student collaborations internationally. Click here to read about about a project done in collaboration with a PhD candidate in Kazakhstan, for which the candidate received an award.

GIHHR graduate student researcher's presentation at American Society of Criminology Conference

Billy Zakrzewski, a graduate student researcher at the Global Institute for Health and Human Rights, presented at the American Society of Criminology (ASC) conference. Click here for more information and photos.

U.S. National Academy of Sciences Symposium - Registration Open

Dr. Kamiar Alaei will be speaking at 2017 Symposium hosted by the U.S. National Academies' Committee on Human Rights. The conference will be held December 7 & 8. To register to attend the conference, either in person or by webcast, click here.

Toward Justice Symposium
The GIHHR is a partner of the Toward Justice symposium, taking place December 4th & 5th in Albany, NY. The symposium is being put on by Katal, Center for Health, Equity, and Justice. The topic of the symposium is the intersection of public health and public safety. The symposium is free. Registration for the event is required. For more details, click here.

Visit from chair member of Women’s Advisory Board for United Nations
The GIHHR had the honor of meeting with Nawal Yazeji, chair member in the Women’s Advisory Board for the UN Office of the Special Envoy to Syria. Yazeji has worked for years advocating for women’s rights around the world, with a particular emphasis on the Middle East. She talked with various members of the GIHHR about what it is like to be a woman in areas like Syria, Iran, and other countries. She also discussed the importance of helping to empower these women and standing with them in the pursuit of equality.