Joanna Pozen

Joanna Pozen

Joanna Pozen

Assistant Professor

Director, Health and Human Rights Certificate Program

Professional overview

Joanna Pozen is an international public health lawyer and human rights specialist. She leads the new Health and Human Rights Certificate program, and jointly serves as the Program Director of the Health and Human Rights Initiative at HealthRight International. Her research addresses how international human rights law can improve health outcomes relating to women’s health, mental health, and indigenous communities affected by extractive industries.   

She is passionate about social entrepreneurship in global health. Joanna is co-founder of the Restore Cup (formerly VVF Cup), a medical device to help address the problem of urinary incontinence for women suffering from obstetric fistula.  

Joanna brings over 15 years of experience at the intersection of international human rights law and public health. She has conceived and led projects that inform the strategic development of public health and human rights policy at the United Nations and at a range of international institutions. Prior to coming to CGPH, she served as the Legal Advisor on Health and Human Rights to the former UN Special Rapporteur for Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, UN Women’s HIV and Health Policy Specialist, and Supervising Staff Attorney and Clinical Teaching Fellow at NYU School of Law’s Center for Human Rights and Global Justice.


BA, History, Yale University, New Haven, CT
JD, Juris Doctorate, New York University, New York, NY
MPH, Law and Public Health, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Areas of research and study

Human Rights
Public Health Law
Women's Health


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