Professor Gorik Ooms

LicJur PhD

of Global Health Law & Governance

15-17 Tavistock Place
United Kingdom

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. 


Faculty of Public Health and Policy
Department of Global Health and Development


Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre


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 Area
Health care financing
Health policy
Global Health
Development studies
Political science
Socio-legal studies
Disease and Health Conditions
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

Is universal health coverage the practical expression of the right to health care?
Ooms, G. ; Latif, L.A. ; Waris, A. ; Brolan, C.E. ; Hammonds, R. ; Friedman, E.A. ; Mulumba, M. ; Forman, L. ;
BMC Int Health Hum Rights
Universal health coverage anchored in the right to health
Ooms, G.; Brolan, C.; Eggermont, N.; Eide, A.; Flores, W.; Forman, L.; Friedman, E. A.; Gebauer, T.; Gostin, L. O.; Hill, P. S.; Hussain, S.; McKee, M.; Mulumba, M.; Siddiqui, F.; Sridhar, D.; van Leemput, L.; Waris, A.; Jahn, A.
Bulletin of the World Health Organization
Under the (legal) radar screen: global health initiatives and international human rights obligations.
Hammonds, R. ; Ooms, G. ; Vandenhole, W. ;
BMC Int Health Hum Rights
Crowding out: are relations between international health aid and government health funding too complex to be captured in averages only?
Ooms, G. ; Decoster, K. ; Miti, K. ; Rens, S. ; Van Leemput, L. ; Vermeiren, P. ; Van Damme, W. ;
The 'diagonal' approach to Global Fund financing: a cure for the broader malaise of health systems?
Ooms, G. ; Van Damme, W. ; Baker, B.K. ; Zeitz, P. ; Schrecker, T. ;
Global Health
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