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Professor of Global Health Law, Cardiff University

John Harrington is Professor of Global Health Law and Director of the Centre for Law and Global Justice at Cardiff University, Wales, UK.

He has published widely on law, health care and the regulation of medicine in global and national contexts. His research combines legal analysis with sociological perspectives and empirical fieldwork.

Publications include Towards A Rhetoric of Medical Law (Routledge 2017), which was runner-up for the Socio-Legal Studies Legal Theory book prize, Global Governance of HIV/ AIDS: Intellectual Property and Access to Essential Medicines (Elgar 2013 with Aginam and Yu), and Global Health and Human Rights: Legal and Philosophical Perspectives (Routledge 2010 with Stuttaford). He is a frequent contributor to legal, socio-legal and African studies journals.

His latest book Figuring the Nation in Global Health: Security, Sovereignty and Development will be published with Routledge in 2019. Examining the role of states in implementing, adapting and resisting international health norms, it draws on extensive research in Kenya conducted during fellowships at the African Population and Health Research Centre and the British Institute in Eastern Africa.

Other current areas of research include the history of legal education and decolonization in British Africa, accountability for development aid spending in Britain (both with Ambreena Manji), and intellectual property and traditonal knowledge in Kenya (with Peter Munyi and Harriet Deacon).

John Harrington directs the Centre for Law and Global Justice at Cardiff which hosts a thriving international community of post-graduate and undergraduate students. With partners in India, East Africa and around Europe, the Centre runs a transnational student law clinic working on human rights, a global south writing workshop programme for early career scholars, and other initiatives to promote critical scholarship on law and development. See:


  • –present
    Professor of Global Health Law and Director of Research, School of Law and Politics, Cardiff University