Professor Gorik Ooms LicJur PhD

Professor of Global Health Law & Governance


Gorik Ooms is a human rights lawyer and a global health scholar, Professor of Global Health Law & Governance at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Adjunct Professor at the Law Faculty of Georgetown University, and Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of Ghent University. Between 1990 and 2008, he worked with Médecins Sans Frontières Belgium in different positions, and as Executive Director from August 2004 until June 2008. He was a member of the Lancet-University of Oslo Commission on Global Governance for Health and is a member of the Lancet-O’Neill Institute, Georgetown University Commission on Global Health and the Law. 




Gorik Ooms’ research focuses on the use of international law (human rights law and other law) as a tool to regulate states’ behaviour that influences global health problems, and as an expression of common human values. He was one of the experts in international law and human rights who elaborated and adopted the Maastricht Principles on Extraterritorial Obligations of States in the area of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. As Adjunct Professor at Georgetown Law, he works with Professor Lawrence Gostin on the idea of a Framework Convention for Global Health, inspired by the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and international human rights law.

Research areas

  • Equity
  • Global Health
  • Health care financing
  • Health policy


  • Development studies
  • Law
  • Political science
  • Socio-legal studies

Disease and Health Conditions



  • Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)
  • World


  • Ethiopia
  • Kenya
  • Malawi
  • Mozambique
  • Uganda

Other interests

  • Access To Medicines
  • Global Aid Assistance
  • Global Health Governance
  • Global Health Initiatives
  • Governance
  • Health And Development
  • Human Resources For Health
  • Human Rights
  • Humanitarian Aid
  • International Relations
  • governance and access to health care
  • governance and institutional strengthening
  • international partnerships
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