Jacqueline Bhabha, JD, MS

Jeremiah Smith Jr. Lecturer in Law
Harvard Law School

Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights
Department of Global Health and Population
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Lecturer in Public Policy
Harvard Kennedy School

Professor of the Practice of Health and Human
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Jacqueline Bhabha is the Jeremiah Smith Jr. Lecturer in Law at Harvard Law School, the Director of Research at the Francois Bagnoud Xavier Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University, the University Adviser on Human Rights Education to the Provost at Harvard University, and a Lecturer in Public Policy at the Kennedy School. From 1997 to 2001 she directed the Human Rights Program at the University of Chicago. Prior to 1997, she was a practicing human rights lawyer in London and at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. She received a first class honors degree and an MSc from Oxford University and a JD from the College of Law in London.

Dr. Bhabha works closely on issues of transnational child migration, trafficking, adoption, children's economic and social rights and citizenship, and has published extensively on issues of migration, refugee protection, children's rights and citizenship. She is joint author of two books, Women's Movement (1994) and Worlds Apart: Women Under Immigration and Nationality Law (1990), and is the editor of Children Without a State: A Global Human Rights Challenge. Dr. Bhabha’s next book, Moving Children: Human Rights Dilemmas in Contemporary Child Migration, is forthcoming. Her writing on issues of migration and asylum in Europe and the U.S. include several book chapters, including Border Rights and Rites in an edited volume on Women and Immigration Law, and many articles. Dr. Bhabha has directed and co-authored three reports of an international research project, entitled Seeking Asylum Alone (2006) on unaccompanied and separated child asylum seekers.

Dr. Bhabha chairs the board of the Scholars at Risk Network and serves on the board of the US section of International Social Services, the World Peace Foundation and the Journal of Refugee Studies. She is a founder of the Alba Collective, an international women's NGO currently working with rural women and girls in developing countries to enhance financial security and educational achievement, and is currently working on issues of child migration, smuggling and trafficking, and citizenship.