The University of Southern California’s Law and Global Health Collaboration advances scholarship and provides monthly lectures and public discussions at the intersection of law and global health.

Virtually all significant global health topics raise challenging legal issues which are better understood and addressed when considered from an multidisciplinary basis. We invite interested students, faculty and staff to partake in a free exchange of ideas and collaboration on these important topics.

Supported by the USC Research Collaboration Fund, Professor Sofia Gruskin, director of the Program on Global Health & Human Rights, leads this collaboration alongside USC Gould Professor of Law and Medicine Alexander Capron and USC Research Professor and Associate Dean of Research Charles Kaplan from the School of Social Work.

Take Part

Seminar Series:

Attend one of our free seminars. See the 2016-2017 Global(HEALTH+LAW) Series event lineup »

Email List:

Interested in getting involved? You may subscribe to the USC Law & Global Health Collaboration listserv at this link: Subscribe to the Global(HEALTH+LAW) listserv »

Working Groups:

Join one of our working groups (fill out the form below and we will follow up with you):

  1. Working Group on Identity & Transgender Populations: This group is interested in exploring trans identities, gender constructions, and cultural constructions and continuums.
  2. Working Group on Legal Barriers & Transgender Populations: This group is interested in exploring legal barriers that individuals face, particularly in accessing health services and accessing justice.
  3. Working Group on Structural Barriers & Transgender Populations: This group is interested in exploring structural barriers, particularly around delivering trans-friendly health care and services.

Work Output



See more information about upcoming events, as well as discussion summaries from previous events, in the posts below.



For two years, beginning in 2014, an exploratory working group of faculty from across the University established the groundwork for the current collaboration. They began by approaching a single topic—the criminalization of HIV transmission—through a multidisciplinary lens.

The group discovered broad commonalities in terms of content and concerns no matter the topic—the importance of how laws are implemented; public health and societal effects; the use of the narrative in framing reference to law; and the relevance of cultural constructs both in how we conceive research questions and how we understand results.

Below are minutes from the meetings that took place during the working group phase.

  1. November 25, 2014—Inaugural Meeting
  2. January 29, 2015—Conceptual and Interdisciplinary Linkages
  3. March 29, 2015—Focus on Criminalization of HIV I
  4. April 14, 2015—Focus on Criminalization of HIV II
  5. September 22, 2015—Orientation for 2015
  6. November 5, 2015—Focus on Aging, Global Health and Law

Law & Global Health Working Group Participants:

Baezconde-Garbanati, LourdesBoyd-Judson, LynCapron, AlexanderCousineau, MichaelCruz, DavidFerguson, LauraFinch, CalebGarry, HannahGotsis, MarientinaGruskin, SofiaKaplan, CharlesKumar, ShubhaLakoff, AndrewLevine, PegLewis, LaVonnaMayer, DoePalinkas, LawrencePeet, JessicaRenteln, AlisonRodriguez, YanethRose, AdamSamet, JonathanSood, NeerajWipfli, HeatherWithers, Mellissa