​Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care. . .  
      ~ The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

State parties “recognize the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health.”
      ~ Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women

[T]he enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic or social condition.  
      ~ Constitution of the World Health Organization

The Health and Human Rights Law Project at UCLA School of Law seeks to improve global health by using a framework grounded in international human rights law. Through multi-disciplinary research, training and mentorship, the project aims to examine the relationship between health and human rights and to foster the next generation of leaders working in this area. With an emphasis on issues pertaining to sexuality, gender and HIV/AIDS, the project focuses on health issues around which rights-claiming has particular salience. Lara Stemple directs the Project. Tiffany Parnell provides administrative coordination, and fellows and UCLA Law students participate in its undertakings.

Lara Stemple, Director,
Health and Human Rights Law Project ​
Tiffany Parnell, Coordinator,
Health and Human Rights Law Project

UC Global Health Institute’s Center of Expertise on Women’s Health & Empowerment

​Lara Stemple serves as the Deputy Co-Director of the UC Global Health Institute’s Center of Expertise (“COE”) on Women’s Health & Empowerment. The Center operates across multiple campuses and disciplines to address the causes and consequences of gender-based health disparities around the world. Through its engagement with the COE, the Health & Human Rights Law Project brings a legal perspective to global health challenges. Jenni Sneden (UCSF) serves as the COE’s Coordinator.

National Institutes of Health, Fogarty International Center Fellowship

The U.S. National Institutes of Health Fogarty International Center awarded Co-Principle Investigators Lara Stemple (UCLA) and Craig Cohen (UCSF) a one-year grant through the UCGHI’s Center of Expertise on Women’s Health & Empowerment. This grant creates a fellowship program to train a diverse group of UCLA and UCSF fellows to conduct innovative, interdisciplinary research and build partnerships throughout the University of California and around the world to improve women’s health.

The fellowship design exemplifies the COE’s interdisciplinary and multi-campus approach. Along with the principal investigators, UC faculty from a range of disciplines will serve as fellowship mentors to provide an intensive, hands-on research experience to strengthen skills and develop careers focused on the intersection of human rights, empowerment and women’s health. The Center of Expertise awarded fellowships to two UCLA School of Law alumnae, Manisha Munshi and Emily Nagisa Keehn

UCGHI Fellow Women's Health & Empowerment Center of Expertise.
Fellows: (from left) Ushma Upadhyay (UCSF), Karuna Chibber (UCSF),
Manisha Munshi (UCLA), (from right) Deborah Mindry (UCLA), and Emily Nagisa Keehn (UCLA). Former UCGHI Women's Health & Empowerment Center of Expertise Coordinator: (fifth from right) Lindsey Zwicker, JD, MPP (UCLA). UCGHI Women's Health & Empowerment Deputy Co-Director: (fourth from right) Lara Stemple, JD (UCLA). UCGHI Women's Health & Empowerment Co-Director: (third from right) Craig Cohen, MD, MPH (UCSF).
Emily Nagisa Keehn, UCGHI Women's Health & Empowerment Fellow (2010-2011)

Manisha Munshi, UCGHI Women's Health & Empowerment Fellow (2010-2011)

UCLA Law – Sonke Health & Human Rights Fellowship​ ​

​Launched in 2011, the UCLA Law – Sonke Health & Human Rights Fellowship provides specialized training to top graduates from South African law schools for careers as impact-oriented public interest lawyers in the areas of health, human rights, HIV prevention and gender equality. Offering a full-tuition grant to study in UCLA Law’s Master of Laws (LL.M.) Program, the fellows enroll in the David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy and undertake research and coursework related to health and human rights. Upon completion of the LL.M. degree, the fellows have the opportunity to apply for a yearlong placement with Sonke Gender Justice Network in South Africa, where they can undertake cutting-edge legal research addressing the gender inequality dynamics driving the spread of HIV and advocacy that engages men and boys as stakeholders in gender and health equity.

Hunter, Mateenah_20.jpgMateenah Hunter is one of our two 2013-2014 UCLA Law-Sonke Health & Human Rights Fellows. Hunter is a former Constitutional Court clerk, and she previously served as project officer at the Open Society Foundation for South Africa. Her interests lie in human rights and public interest law.
Tebeile, Shaddy_11.jpgSekgame Shadrack Tebeile is one of our two 2013-2014 UCLA Law-Sonke Health & Human Rights Fellows. Tebeile is a former Constitutional Court clerk and was admitted as an Advocate of the High Court of South Africa in 2013. His interests lie in the impact of HIV/AIDS on education and society, and the enforcement of socio-economic rights in South Africa.

 Recent Fellows

Hindle, Amy Kate '13_HHR Fellow Photo (Resized Full).jpgAmy Kate Hindle was a 2012-2013 UCLA Law- Sonke Health & Human Rights Fellow, currently in her placement year at Sonke. A lawyer who has also studied politics, gender studies, sociology, and international relations, Hindle's public interest practice focuses on human rights, gender, and health.
Nomonde Nyembe was a 2011-2012 UCLA Law- Sonke Health & Human Rights Fellow. A lawyer and prior Constitutional Court clerk, Nyembe is committed to serving South Africa, specializing in public interest litigation related to gender and health.
Kangaude, Godfrey '13_HHR Fellow Photo (Resized Full).jpgGodfrey Kangaude was a 2012-2013 UCLA Law-Sonke Health & Human Rights Fellow. A Malawian lawyer, Kangaude is an expert in the sexual and reproductive rights of populations including adolescents, persons with disabilities, LGBTI persons, and women. He is currently in his placement year at Sonke.

Cherith Sanger was a 2011-2012 UCLA Law- Sonke Health & Human Rights Fellow. Sanger is an accomplished litigator who has worked to end sexual and domestic violence, hate crimes, and discrimination against LGBTI persons.


Just Detention International and Global Standards for HIV Prevention in Detention

​Freyaan Karanjia '12 worked with Just Detention International and the UC Global Health Institute's Center of Expertise on Women's Health and Empowerment. Her project concerns public health and international legal standards for HIV prevention in detention, with a focus on women prisons in Jamaica and Guyana.

This project was funded with support that UCLA's Program in Global Health received from the Ford Foundation.
    Freyaan Karanjia,
    UCLA Law '12

International HIV Prevention Law Research​ ​

​The UCLA AIDS Institute and the UCLA Program in Global Health’s International Prevention and Policy Research for HIV/AIDS Seed Grants program awarded two research grants to Lara Stemple. In 2008-09 Stemple, together with law students, analyzed national-level compliance with international human rights norms related to HIV prevention in China, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Malawi, Mexico, South Africa, Thailand and Zimbabwe. In 2010 Stemple and UCLA School of Law researcher Emily Nagisa Keehn conducted a feasibility study for a project with Sonke Gender Justice Network to provide specialized training to African and U.S. lawyers on HIV/AIDS prevention law and policy in South Africa.

Health & Human Rights Workshop with University of Malawi, Chancellor College ​ ​

​In 2009 UCLA School of Law students Lindsey Zwicker and Emily Nagisa Keehn traveled to Malawi to conduct a workshop on health and human rights in collaboration with law students at the University of Malawi, Chancellor College. Among other topics, the workshop examined gender equality, sexuality, and the link between human rights violations and HIV prevalence. While there, Zwicker and Nagisa Keehn met with NGOs and governmental officials about health and human rights developments in Malawi.
UCLA School of Law alumna, Lindsey Zwicker, with law students from the University of Malawi, Chancellor College, in Zomba, Malaw