Jacqueline Bhabha

Jacqueline Bhabha

Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights

Global Health and Population


Other Positions

Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights

Freshman Seminar

Faculty of Arts & Sciences

Director of the JD/MPH Program

Faculty Affairs

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Director of Research FXB Center

FXB Center

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


Jacqueline Bhabha is FXB Director of Research, Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health, the Jeremiah Smith Jr. Lecturer in Law at Harvard Law School, and an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. She received a first class honors degree and an M.Sc. from Oxford University, and a J.D. from the College of Law in London.

From 1997 to 2001 Bhabha 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 has published extensively on issues of transnational child migration, refugee protection, children's rights and citizenship. She is the editor of Children Without A State (2011), author of Child Migration and Human Rights in a Global Age (2014), and editor of Human Rights and Adolescence ( 2014).

Bhabha serves on the board of the Scholars at Risk Network, the World Peace Foundation and the Journal of Refugee Studies. She is also 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 youth rights.



Trump administration actions harming U.S. human rights reputation

President Trump’s administration is actively harming U.S. credibility on human rights, according to a November 8, 2018 Brown Political Review article. The article quotes Jacqueline Bhabha, FXB Director of Research and Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights at…

Shedding light on migration issues

The world doesn’t have a migration problem, but rather a “hospitality” problem, according to Jacqueline Bhabha of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. In a wide-ranging September 24, 2018 interview with WhoWhatWhy, Bhabha, director of research at…

Can we solve the migration crisis?

Every minute 24 people around the world are forced to leave their homes—and it’s estimated that more than 65 million people are currently displaced.

Separation at the border

June 27, 2018 – President Trump’s recently reversed “zero tolerance” policy of separating migrant children from their parents could have far-reaching legal and human rights implications. Jacqueline Bhabha, professor of the practice of health and human rights at…