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Lisa Forman




Room 203N, 1 Devonshire Place


Lisa Forman is Lupina assistant professor in global health and human rights at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. Forman’s research focuses on international human rights law relating to health, medicines and trade. Her current research explores the contribution that international human rights law related to health can make to remediating global health inequities, focusing on the right to health in international law and access to medicines in low and middle income countries. Her doctoral research focused on the role of international human rights law in increasing access to AIDS treatment. Lisa is a South African national, and qualified as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa, with a BA and LLB from the University of the Witwatersrand. Her graduate studies include a Masters in Human Rights Studies from Columbia University and a Doctorate in Juridical Science from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law.

Research Interests

International Human Rights Law Relating to Health, Medicine and Trade
International Human Rights Law and Increasing Access to AIDS
Right to International Law, with a focus on Access to Medicine in Low and Middle Income Countries


S.J.D. – University of Toronto,Supervisor: Patrick Macklem (2006)

M.A -Human Rights Studies, Columbia University, Supervisor: Peter Danchin (2001)

L.L.B – University of Witwatersrand (1993)

B.A. – University of Witwatersrand (1990)

Awards and Distinctions


Ludwig Research Award, 2015
Estelle Jus Memorial Human Rights Prize, 2015
Connaught New Researcher Award, 2012–2013
Research Fellow, Global Health Diplomacy Program, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, 2010
Canadian Institutes of Health Research Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2006–2009
University of Toronto Comparative Program on Health and Society, 2006–2009


Selected PUblications

  1. Lisa Forman and Jillian Clare Kohler, eds.,Access to Medicines as a Human Right: Implications for Pharmaceutical Industry Responsibility (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2012).
  2. Lisa Forman, Gorik Ooms, Attiya Waris, Moses Mulumba, Everaldo Lamprea and Audrey Chapman, “What could a strengthened right to health bring to global health policy?: Interrogating the role of the minimum core concept with regard to the post-2015 health development agenda,” (2013) 13:48 BMC International Health and Human Rights 1-11 (90% drafting/editing).
  3. Lisa Forman, Donald Cole, Gorik Ooms and Merrick Zwarenstein, “Human Rights and Global Health Funding: What Contribution Can the Right to Health Make to Sustaining and Extending International Assistance for Health?” (2012) 5:1 Global Health Governance 1-34 (80% drafting/editing).
  4. Lisa Forman, “Global AIDS Funding and the Re-Emergence of AIDS ‘Exceptionalism,’” (2011) 6:1 Social Medicine 45-51.
  5. Lisa Forman, “‘Rights’ and Wrongs: What Utility for the Right to Health in Reforming Trade Rules on Medicines?” (2008) 10:2 Health and Human Rights: An International Journal 37-52


International human rights law and global health: The right to health in theory and practice
Global Civil Society
Sociology of LawHealth and Human Rights Module, Global Health Education Institute
Global Health and Human Rights Speaker Series, University of Toronto Dalla Lana School of Public Health






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