The emphasis of Stephen Marks’s work is on the interface of health and human rights, drawing on the disciplines of international law, international politics, international organizations, and international economics.
Professor Marks’s recent research has focused on the right to health, integrating human rights into sustainable human development; the right to development; biotechnology and human rights; impunity for mass atrocities; terrorism and human rights; cultural rights; tobacco control; access to medicines, and human rights education. He has published recent books, articles or book chapters in each of these areas. He directs the Program on Human Rights in Development (PHRD) and the Harvard Series on Health and Human Rights at Harvard University Press.
He recently co-edited a book on Advancing the Human Right to Health (Oxford University Press, 2013). His book Health and Human Rights: Basic International Documents, is now in its third edition. Professor Marks is collaborating with Prof. Balakrishnan Rajagopal of MIT on a Research Handbook on Human Rights and Development for publication in 2015 by Edward Elgard Publishing. He was also consultant editor of Realizing the Right to Development: Essays in Commemoration of 25 Years of the United Nations Declaration on the Right to Development, published by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in 2013.
He teaches three courses at HSPH. In his capacity as Senior Fellow at the University Committee on Human Rights Studies, he developed a strategy for human rights learning in Harvard College in collaboration with the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and is teaching two courses in the college as part of the expanded human rights curriculum.
Doctor of Laws (Docteur d’Etat en droit), with high honors, Institute of the Law of Peace and Development, Faculty of Law and Economics, University of Nice, 1979
Master of Arts (hon.), Harvard University, 1999
Advanced degree (Diplôme d’études appliquées avancées, DEAA) in administrative litigation and human rights, Faculty of Law, Economics and Political Science of the University of Besançon, 1977
Certificate of European Studies, Institute of Advanced European Studies of the University of Legal, Political and Social Sciences of Strasbourg, 1972
University degree in literary studies (Diplôme universitaire d’études littéraires, DUEL), University of Humanities of Strasbourg (in Arabic language, literature and civilization), 1972
Diploma in Arabic with high honors, Faculty of Letters of Damascus University, 1971
Masters degree (Diplôme IHEI), Institute of Advanced International Studies of the University of Law, Economics and Social Sciences of Paris, 1971
Bachelor of Arts, Law, Stanford University, 1964
Program on Human Rights in Development
The Program on Human Rights in Development (PHRD) was established as part of the FXB Center on Health and Human Rights in 1999. Since September 2006, it moved to the Department of Global Health and Population. This program is engaged in several research and publishing projectS.
Faculty Member, Humanitarian Academy at Harvard, 2011-present
Member, Steering Committee, Humanitarian Studies, Ethics, and Human Rights (HuSEHR), 2013-present
Member, Core Knowledge Sub-Committee for MPH and DrPH Degrees, HSPH, 2013-present
Faculty Associate, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, 2008-present
Member, Harvard Scholar-at-Risk Committee, 2006-present
Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, Faculty member, 2005-present
Member, Standing Committee on Ethnicity, Migration, Rights (EMR) (former Committee on Ethnic Studies), Faculty of Arts and Sciences 2010-present
Faculty Associate, Center for International Development, 2002-present
PHRD Faculty and Staff
Director – Professor Stephen Marks
Program Coordinator – Erin James
Program Administrator –