Stephen Marks is François-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of Health and Human Rights and Director of the Program on Human Rights in Development in the Department of Global Health and Population at Harvard School of Public Health. His training and teaching are in the fields of international law, international politics, international organizations, and international economics. He worked for the UN for twelve years, including at UNESCO in Paris and in peacekeeping operations.
Professor Marks's recent research has focused on integrating human rights into sustainable human development, biotechnology and human rights, cultural rights, tobacco control, and human rights education. He has published recent books, articles or book chapters in each of these areas.
He recently co-edited a book on Development as a Human Right: Legal, Political and Economic Dimensions (a second edition in preparation) and a reader on Perspectives on Health and Human Rights, as well as editing Health and Human Rights: Basic International Documents, now in its second edition, and a book on Implementing the Right to Development: the Role of International Law.
Professor Marks is currently co-authoring a book on economic and human rights approaches to poverty prevention and reduction, and is overseeing research on the assessment of development partnership from the perspective of the right to development, as part of his mandate as Chair of the High Level Task for on the Implementation of the Right to Development for the United Nations Human Rights Council. Another current research project relates to Human Rights, Power and Non-Governmental Action In Developing Societies.
He directs Harvard’s Series on Health and Human Rights at Harvard University Press and co-directs the annual intensive summer course on health and human rights.
In his capacity as Senior Fellow at the University Committee on Human Rights Studies, he has developed a strategy for human rights learning at Harvard College in collaboration with the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and is teaching three courses in the college as part of the expanded human rights curriculum based on that strategy.