SpicyIP Tidbit: Job Posting: Yale Clinical Fellowship in Global Health Justice

We bring to our readers news about the Yale Clinical Fellowship in Global Health Justice. Please read below for details.

The Yale Clinical Fellowship in Global Health Justice is a two-year position designed for graduates of law and public health schools as well as other health professionals with experience in domestic and/or international health policy and advocacy who are interested in preparing for a career in global health justice or interdisciplinary clinical teaching. The Fellow will supervise the experiential learning component of the Global Health Justice Partnership (the “Practicum”) and help to coordinate the activities of the Global Health Justice Partnership (GHJP – The Fellowship is supported through the Gruber Project for Global Justice and Women’s Rights.

Working under the supervision of the GHJP faculty director and co-directors, the Clinical Fellow in Global Health Justice will supervise student work on Practicum projects and will participate in the planning and conduct of the Practicum, including the development of the curriculum and course materials and the selection of projects.  Amy Kapczynski, is the Faculty Director, and Gregg Gonsalves and Alice M. Miller are the co-directors of the GHJP.

The Global Health Justice Practicum aims to equip students to engage critically and constructively with the evolving tools of law, policy and rights in the context of global health. Through real-world projects students explore the means by which law, policy and rights can be used as tools to promote health within a global context. Readings and project work introduce students to the multiple lenses through which health issues can be tackled, and will build their competence to work with colleagues in other disciplines. Students work on most projects in multi-disciplinary teams and often with external non-governmental organization partners. Resources to support travel for students are available, though may be limited. The practicum accepts graduate and professional students only, and is designed for a mix of public health students and law students, though select students from other disciplines are sometimes admitted. It runs only in the spring semester at this time.  One role of the Clinical Fellow, however, will be to provide the supervision needed to continue to engage students, and move projects along, through the summer and fall semesters.

The Practicum has tackled a variety of projects over the past three years including compensation for miners in Southern Africa with silicosis and tuberculosis; UN accountability for the introduction of cholera into post-earthquake Haiti; human rights, intellectual property law, & access to medicines; US congressional aid for the elimination of obstetric fistula; first amendment jurisprudence and regulation of pharmaceutical products by the Food and Drug Administration; access to the new generation of treatments for hepatitis C infection both in the US and around the world; criminalization of HIV transmission in the context of prostitution law prosecutions in the US; and state-based quarantines of health workers and others returning  to the U.S. from West Africa during the Ebola epidemic.

The Clinical Fellow will also have the opportunity to work on other GHJP projects outside of the Practicum and develop other courses for the GHJP with the faculty director and co-directors and to engage in his or her own scholarly research and writing. At the current time, the GHJP is working on projects related to access to HCV drugs in the US (and in particular in state prisons); research and advocacy to protect and advance the regulatory authority of the US FDA and our evidence base around medicines; next steps in research and community support for advocates working at the intersection of health and the criminalization of selling sex in the U.S.; the role in law and policy for new findings on the use of sexual violence in conflict; and the scope of the meaning of “gender” in the international women’s and human rights machinery. The GHJP also runs a student fellowship program that brings graduate and professional students from around the university together once each month with leaders in global health justice and researchers in the field.  We also host visiting scholars and activists at Yale and hosts lectures and workshops several times a semester.  The Clinical Fellow would assist in shaping and coordinating these other activities as well.

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:

– A J.D. degree from a U.S. law school (or the equivalent) and an outstanding law school record and/or an MPH or Ph.D. from a U.S. school of public health, public policy or other related discipline
– At least four years of prior experience in health, human rights, or related advocacy
– Strong written and oral communication skills (additional fluency in a  language other than English is highly desirable)
– Prior teaching experience and an enthusiastic commitment to working closely with students
– An interest and proven capacity in legal and/or public health scholarship
– An ability to work independently and as part of a team

The position is for a two-year term, with the possibility of a one-year extension with a salary of $60,000, plus health benefits and access to university facilities.

Applications for the 2015-2016 Yale Clinical Fellowship in Global Health Justice will be accepted on a rolling basis starting immediately. We encourage interested applicants to submit the required materials by 1 July 2015, as the initial round of interviews will be conducted by telephone in the first two weeks of July, with secondary interviews conducted in-person in New Haven, CT, during the following two weeks. All interested parties should submit their applications by 1 August 2015 by 5PM Eastern Time. The position will begin 1 September 2015, though there is flexibility in the starting date.  

Applicants should send a resume, a letter making the case for their candidacy, contact information for three references, and a writing sample by email at to [email protected], cc-ing [email protected].

Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

L. Gopika Murthy

Gopika is a fourth year student at National Law School of India University, Bangalore. She was formerly the Chief Editor of the Indian Journal of Law and Technology. Her first exposure to Intellectual property law and SpicyIP was through the University Moot Rounds at NLSIU, Bangalore in her first year. She has been regularly following the developments in the field of IPR since then and she hopes to contribute to the reporting of such developments. Her areas of interest in IP include copyrights, open access, fair dealing and trademarks.

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