I am an international lawyer and doctoral researcher working at the intersection of law, human rights and global health. I hold a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Doctoral Award for my ongoing doctoral research at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University (Toronto, Canada), and dual fellowship appointments at the Global Strategy Lab (York University) and the Canadian International Council.
As a legal scholar, I study a range of public health law and policy issues, from the local and domestic, to the multilateral and transnational. The overarching aim of my work is to better understand how transnational institutions, norms and actors influence global health justice, and how they can be changed to promote it. My interdisciplinary research is published across high impact-factor public health journals, scholarly legal and social science journals, commissioned reports, as well as textbooks and casebooks of law.
Having worked for government, nongovernmental and international organizations, I am committed to research in the service of promoting health justice, informing public debate and achieving policy impact. I collaborate regularly on health rights advocacy with external partners such as the International Commission of Jurists, the HIV Legal Network, and the Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health, speak at national and international conferences & events, and interview with print, radio, and television media.
I am also active in teaching, supervising, and mentoring students who are passionate about having a positive impact on human rights and global health. Until 2020, I taught Medicines Policy, Economics, and Ethics online to over 150 students in graduate programs ranging from public health to law and business at the University of Sydney. Since then, I have regularly delivered guest lectures at Canadian and US academic institutions, including the University of Washington, University of Ottawa, Johns Hopkins University, University of British Columbia and York University.
At the core, my commitment to international human rights law scholarship and advocacy is rooted in my own lived experience as a child of Kurdish migrants fleeing the aftermath of the Iranian Revolution. I hold a law degree (J.D.) from the University of Ottawa's French Common Law program, a specialization in transnational law from the University of Geneva Faculty of Law, and a Master’s of Science in Global Health from McMaster University. I am a Barrister and Solicitor in Good Standing with the Law Society of Ontario, and fluent in English, French and Farsi.
2019 - Ongoing
Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Law
Faculty of Law, University of Geneva
Certificate of Transnational Law
2015 - 2018
Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa
Juris Doctor (JD), French Common Law
2012 - 2015
Faculty of Health, McMaster University
Master of Science (MSc), Global Health
Areas of Expertise
Global Health Law & Governance
Public International Law
Health and Human Rights
Sexual and Reproductive Health & Rights
Human Rights Advocacy
Health Law & Policy
Canadian Constitutional, Charter and Administrative Law
I embrace teaching as the art of kindling engaged leadership and professional fulfillment in students and future colleagues.
I have taught and advised graduate and undergraduate students across schools of law, political science and public health in Australia, Canada and the United States. I also regularly supervise graduate-level practicums at the intersection of law and global health.
Students are welcome to reach out to talk career trajectories and inquire about practicum opportunities. Send an email with your resume or CV to roojin.habibi[at]pm.me.
Teaching & Mentorship