Lisa Forman BA, LLB, MA, SJD
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- Dalla Lana School of Public Health 155 College Street, Room 590, Toronto, ON, Canada M5T 3M7
- Centre for Global Health
Social & Behavioural Health Sciences Division
- Associate Professor
- SGS Status
- Full Member
- Appointment Status
- The right to health in international human rights law
- Human rights and COVID-19
- Human rights and the International Health Regulations
- Sustainable Development Goals
- Universal health coverage
- Trade-related intellectual property rights and access to medicines globally
- Human rights impact assessment
- South African constitutional law related to health
Education & Training History
- 1988-1990: Bachelor of Arts (BA) (Law and English), University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
- 1991-1993: Bachelor of Law (LLB), University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
- 2000–2001: Masters in Human Rights Studies (MA), Columbia University, USA
- 2001–2006: Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD), University of Toronto, Canada
Postgraduate, Research and Speciality Training
2006-2009: Post-doctoral Fellow, Canadian Institutes of Health Research and Comparative Program on Health and Society, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto
1995: Attorney of the High Court of South Africa
Primary Teaching Responsibilities
- CHL5704H: International human rights law and global health: The right to health in theory and practice.
Professional Summary & Appointments
Lisa Forman is an international human rights law scholar whose research explores the contribution of the right to health in international law to remediating global health inequities. She holds a Canada Research Chair Tier 2 in Human Rights and Global Health Equity. Her research focuses on the utility of human rights in advancing global health equity. In 1993, she completed a BA and LLB at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and in 1995, completed articles of clerkship and the qualifying board exams to become a practising lawyer. From 1996-1999, Forman worked as a human rights lawyer on HIV/AIDS at the Centre for Applied Legal Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand, and then as a consultant on HIV/AIDS and human rights at the South African National Commission on Gender Equality. In 2001, Lisa completed a Masters in Human Rights Studies from Columbia University, and in 2006, a Doctorate in Juridical Science (SJD) from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law. Her SJD focused on the interaction between right to health in international human rights law and international trade law, and the role of this right in increasing access to AIDS treatment, focusing on the case-study of South Africa. From 2006-2009, Forman completed postdoctoral training at the University of Toronto exploring international human rights law and medicines access in low and middle-income countries. From 2009-2017, she was the Lupina Assistant Professor in Global Health and Human Rights at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, and Director of the Comparative Program on Health and Society (CPHS) at the Munk School of Global Affairs. She is now a tenured Associate Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health.
For more information on her scholarship, see https://utoronto.academia.edu/LisaForman
Honours & Awards
- 2020 Inclusion on Canadian Women Leaders in Global Health List 2020
- 2020: Member, Ontario COVID-19 Health System Response Bioethics Table
- 2019: Member, Canadian Institute of Health Research College of Reviewers
- 2018: Inclusion on Canadian Women Leaders in Global Health List 2018
- 2018: Visiting Researcher, University of Cape Town School of Public Health and Family Medicine, Winter 2018.
- 2017: Visiting Research Fellow, Minerva Center for Human Rights, Buchmann Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University, Fall 2017.
- 2016: Fellow, World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Governance, Accountability and Transparency in the Pharmaceutical Sector, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto, http://www.pharmacy.utoronto.ca/whocc
- 2015: Ludwik and Estelle Jus Memorial Human Rights Prize, University of Toronto Award of Excellence
- 2014-2020: Canada Research Chair Tier 2
- 2012: Recognition in The Hill Times’ List of the Top 100 Best Political, Government, Public Policy and Canadian History Books in 2012.
- 2013: Connaught New Researcher Award
- 2006-2009: Canadian Institutes of Health Research Postdoctoral Fellowship and University of Toronto Comparative Program on Health and Society Postdoctoral Fellowship
- 2005-2006: University of Toronto Comparative Program on Health and Society Doctoral Research Fellowship
- 2002-2005: Canadian Institute of Health Research Program in Health Law and Policy Doctoral Fellowship
- 2002: University of Toronto Faculty of Law, International Human Rights Program Internship Award
Selected Current and Past Research Projects
- 2020-2021: Lisa Forman, Maxwell Smith and Diego Silva, “COVID-19 and the International Health Regulations: Ethical and Legal Considerations for Travel Restrictions in 2021 and Beyond,” WHO Health Ethics and Governance Unit Grants on the Ethics of COVID-19 Public Health Preparedness and Response.
- 2020-2025: Lisa Forman, “Advancing Rights-Based Universal Health Coverage in a “Neo-illiberal” Age,” Tier II Canada Research Chair renewal, July 2020.
- 2019-2021: Eleanor Hutchinson (nominated principal investigator), Moses Mulumba (co-investigator) and Lisa Forman (invited co-investigator), “Qualitative analysis and participatory action research of right to health-based monitoring of and advocacy for universal health coverage in Uganda,” United Kingdom Medical Research Council.
- 2014-2020: Lisa Forman, “Equity as justice: Re-conceptualizing the right to health to advance global health,”Canada Research Chair Tier 2, November 2014.
- 2013-2015: Lisa Forman (nominated principal investigator), Gorik Ooms, Audrey Chapman, Attiya Waris (co-investigators), Everaldo Lamprea, Moses Mulumba and Eric Friedman (collaborators), “Defining the minimum core of the right to health to advance universal health coverage,” CIHR Operating Grant – Priority Announcement: Ethics.
- 2013-2015: Lisa Forman (nominated principal investigator), “Maximizing the contribution of the right to health to global health equity: Developing rights-based goals for universal health coverage” Connaught New Researcher Award 2012/13.
- 2012-2016: Gorik Ooms (principal investigator), Wim Van Damme, Jahn Albrecht, Olaf Müller, Manuela de Allegri, Rafael Bauschke, Caroline Zöllner, Adila Hassim, Lawrence Gostin, Oscar Cabrera, Eric A. Friedman, Devi Sridhar, Thomas Gebauer, Moses Mulumba, David Kabanda, Gertrude Nakanwagi, Kevin Namata, Timothy Evans, Walter Flores, Ismael Gomez, Asbjørn Eide, Martin McKee, Lisa Forman and Peter Hill (co-investigators), “Go4Health: Formulating new goals for global health and proposing new governance for global health that will allow the achievement of these goals,” European Commission operating grant.
- Lisa Forman and Jillian Kohler, “Global health and human rights in the time of COVID-19: Response, restrictions and legitimacy,” (2020) 19:5 Journal of Human Rights, 1-10.
- Sharifa Sekalala, Lisa Forman, Roojin Habibi and Benjamin Meier, “Health and human rights are inextricably linked in the COVID-19 response,” (2020) BMJ Global Health 5:e003359, 1-7.
- Brigit Toebes, Lisa Forman and Giulio Bartolini, “Towards human rights consistent responses to health emergencies: What is the overlap between core right to health obligations and core International Health Regulation capacities?” (2020) Harvard Health and Human Rights Journal 1-16 (50% drafting and conceptualization).
- Lisa Forman, “Reflections on the evolution of the right to health in the shadow of COVID-19,” (2020) 22:1 Harvard Health and Human Rights Journal 375-378, https://www.hhrjournal.org/2020/04/the-evolution-of-the-right-to-health-in-the-shadow-of-covid-19/
- Allyn L Taylor, Roojin Habibi, Gian Luca Burci, Stephanie Dagron, Mark Eccleston-Turner, Lawrence O Gostin, Benjamin Mason Meier, Alexandra Phelan, Pedro A Villarreal, Alicia Ely Yamin, Danwood Chirwa, Lisa Forman, Gorik Ooms, Sharifah Sekalala, Steven J Hoffman, “Solidarity in the Wake of COVID-19: Reimagining the International Health Regulations,” (2020) The Lancet 396: 82-83.
- Roojin Habibi, Gian Luca Burci, Thana C de Campos, Danwood Chirwa, Margherita Cinà, Stéphanie Dagron, Mark Eccleston-Turner, Lisa Forman, Lawrence O Gostin, Benjamin Mason Meier, Stefania Negri, Gorik Ooms, Sharifah Sekalala, Allyn Taylor, Alicia Ely Yamin, *Steven J Hoffman, “Do not violate the International Health Regulations during the COVID-19 outbreak,” (2020) 395 The Lancet 664-666, published online 13 February 2020, https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(20)30373-1.
- Lisa Forman, “International human rights law and the social determinants of health,” in Solomon Benatar and Gillian Brock, eds., Global Health and Global Health Ethics (Cambridge University Press), in press.
- Lisa Forman, Claire E. Brolan, and Kristi Heather Kenyon, “Global health, human rights, and the law,” (2019) The Lancet 394:30, 1987.
- Katrina Perehudoff and Lisa Forman, “What constitutes ‘reasonable’ State action on core obligations? Considering a right to health framework toprovide essential medicines,” (2019) 11 Journal of Human Rights Practice 1-19.
- Lisa Forman, Claire E. Brolan and Kristi Heather Kenyon, eds., Special Issue on the right to health and the social determinants of health, Harvard Journal of Health and Human Rights (2018) 20:2 Harvard Journal of Health and Human Rights 1-56.
- Audrey R. Chapman, Lisa Forman, Everaldo Lamprea and Kajal Khanna, “Identifying the Components of a Core Health Services Package to Inform Progress Towards Universal Health Coverage,” (2018) 40:2 Human Rights Quarterly 342-368 (10% contribution to drafting/editing).
- Lisa Forman,“What do human rights bring to discussions of power and politics in health policy and systems?” (2017) Global Public Health DOI: 10.1080/17441692.2017.1405457.
- Lisa Forman, “Human rights treaties are an important part of the ‘international health instrumentariam’: Commentary on Haik Nikogosianand Ilona Kickbusch, ‘The Legal Strength of International Health Instruments – What It Brings to Global Health Governance?’ (2017) 6:X International Journal of Health Policy and Management 1-3.
- Lisa Forman,“The global policy response to trade-related intellectual property rights and access to medicines in low and middle-income countries,” (2017) 31: 8 Maryland Journal of International Law 7-20.
- Donald C. Cole, Suzanne Jackson and Lisa Forman, “What approaches can schools of public health take to engage in global health? Reflections on the implications of a conceptual synthesis” (2017) XI:2 Global Health Governance 71-82.
- Lisa Forman, Claudia Beiersmann, Claire E. Brolan, Martin McKee, Rachel Hammonds and Gorik Ooms, “What do core obligations under the right to health bring to universal health coverage?,” (2016) 18:2 Health and Human Rights Journal 23-34.
- Lisa Forman, Luljeta Caraoshi, Audrey Chapman and Everaldo Lamprea, “Conceptualizing the ‘morality of the depths’: How should we define and implement core obligations under the right to health?” (2016) International Journal of Human Rights 20:4, 531-548.Conceptualising minimum core obligations under the right to health How should we define and implement the morality of the depths
- Lisa Forman, “The ghost is the machine: How can we visibilize the unseen norms and power of global health? Comment on “Navigating between stealth advocacy and unconscious dogmatism: The challenge of researching the norms, politics and power of global health” (2015) 5:3 International Journal of Health Policy and Management 1-3.IJHPM31361456777800
- Lisa Forman, “Can Core Obligations under the Right to Health Achieve their Ambitions?” (2015) Zeitschrift für Menschenrechte/Journal for Human Rights (German) 2:36. Forman_zfmr_2_2015
- Lisa Forman and Gillian MacNaughton, “Lessons Learned: A Framework Methodology for Health and Human Rights Impact Assessment of Intellectual Property Provisions in International Trade Agreements, (2016) Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal. Forman MacNaughton IAPA final
- Lisa Forman, Gorik Ooms and Claire E. Brolan, “Rights language in the post-2015 health development agenda: How does the right to health shape health goals?” (2015) 4(x) International Journal of Health Policy and Management 1–6.
- Lisa Forman, “Decoding the right to health: What could it offer to global health?” (2015) 8:3 Bioethica Forum 91-97. 03_Forman
- Lisa Forman and Gillian MacNaughton, “Moving Theory into Practice with Human Rights Impact Assessment of Trade-Related Intellectual Property Rights,” (2014) 7:1 Journal of Human Rights Practice 109-138.
- Gorik Ooms, Laila Abdul Latif, Attiya Waris, Rachel Hammonds, Eric E. Friedman, Claire E. Brolan and Lisa Forman, “Is ‘universal health coverage’ the practical expression of the right to health?” (2014) 14:3 BMC International Health and Human Rights 1-7.
- Lisa Forman, “A Rights-Based Approach to Global Health Policy” in Garret Brown, Gavin Yamey and Sarah Wamala, eds., The Handbook of Global Health Policy (West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell, 2014) 459-482.
- Lisa Forman and Jerome Singh, “The role of rights and litigation in assuring access to health care in South Africa,” in Colleen Flood and Aeyal Gross, eds., The Right to Health in a Globalized World (Cambridge University Press, 2014).
- 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.
- Lisa Forman, “What contribution have human rights made in reducing AIDS-related vulnerability in Sub-Saharan Africa? Exploring the case-study of access to antiretrovirals,” (2013) 20:1 Global Health Promotion 57-63.
- Lisa Forman and Jillian Clare Kohler, eds., Access to Medicines as a Human Right: Implications for Pharmaceutical Industry Responsibility (University of Toronto Press, 2012).
- Gorik Ooms, Claire Brolan, Natalie Eggermont, Asbjørn Eide, Walter Flores, Lisa Forman, Eric Friedman, Thomas Gebauer, Lawrence Gostin, Peter S. Hill, Sameera Hussain, Martin McKee, Moses Mulumba, Faraz Siddiqui, Devi Sridhar, Luc Van Leemput, Attiya Waris and Albrecht Jahn, “Post-2015: Universal Health Coverage Anchored in the Right to Health and Accountable Governance,” (2012) 91:2 Bulletin of the World Health Organization 2A.