Gillian MacNaughton was the inaugural Executive Director of the Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (2010-2012), and is now a Senior Fellow with the program as well as an affiliate of the Program on Health Policy and Law at Northeastern University. She is also an adjunct lecturer in the Master's Program in Sustainable International Development at the Heller School of Social Policy and Management - Brandeis University, a visiting lecturer in the European Regional Master's Program in Human Rights and Democracy at the University of Sarajevo and an affiliate of the Economic and Social Rights Group of the Human Rights Institute at the University of Connecticut.

Dr. MacNaughton works on international human rights law with a focus on economic and social rights, particularly the rights to health, education and decent work. She has also focused on human rights-based policymaking methodology, including indicators, budget analysis and impact assessment. Her current research examines the relationship between social rights and equality rights in the International Bill of Human Rights.  She is also writing a series of articles on the right to decent work with Dr. Diane F. Frey.
Prior to joining PHRGE, Dr. MacNaughton was a tutor in international human rights law at several colleges and programs affiliated with the University of Oxford in the UK.  She also served as a senior research officer at the Human Rights Centre, University of Essex, where she assisted Professor Paul Hunt on his mandate as UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health. Dr. MacNaughton has served as an advisor on human rights projects carried out by, among others, Rights & Democracy, the Vermont Workers' Center in collaboration with the National Social and Economic Rights Initiative, and The Lancet in collaboration with the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health. She is a member of the Vermont Bar.

Recent Publications

  • "Beyond a Minimum Threshold: The Right to Social Equality," in The State of Economic and Social Human Rights: A Global Overview, Lanse Minkler, ed., Cambridge University Press, (forthcoming 2012).
  • "Economic and Social Rights in the United States: Implementation Without Ratification,"co-author Mariah McGill, Northeastern University Law Journal (forthcoming 2012), .
  • "A Human Rights-Based Approach to Social Impact Assessment," co-author Paul Hunt, chapter in New Directions in Social Impact Assessment: Conceptual and Methodological Advances edited by Frank Vanclay & Ana Maria Esteves, Edward Elgar Publishing (2012).
  • "The Right to Health Care in the United States" 45 Clearinghouse Review: Journal of Poverty Law and Policy 208 (2011).
  • "Decent Work for All: A Holistic Human Rights Approach," co-author Diane F. Frey, 26 American University International Law Review 441 (2011).
  • "Healthcare Systems and Equality Rights," 6 The Equal Rights Review 61 (2011)
  • "Human Rights Frameworks, Strategies and Tools for the Poverty Lawyer's Toolbox," 44 Clearinghouse Review: Journal of Poverty Law and Policy 437 (January/February 2011).
  • "Decent Work, Human Rights and the Millennium Development Goals," co-author Diane F. Frey, 7 Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal 303 (2010).
  • "Untangling Equality and Nondiscrimination to Promote the Right to Health Care for All," 11(2) Health and Human Rights: An International Journal 47 (2009).
  • "Health Impact Assessment: The Contribution of the Right to the Highest Attainable Standard of Health," co-author Paul Hunt, 123 Public Health 302 (2009).
  • "A Human Rights-Based Approach to Health Indicators," co-author Paul Hunt, chapter in Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Action edited by Mashood Baderin & Robert McCorquodale, Oxford University Press (2007).
  • "Impact Assessments, Poverty and Human Rights: A Case Study Using the Right to the Highest Attainable Standard of Health," co-author Paul Hunt, Health and Human Rights Working Paper Series No 6, World Health Organization and UNESCO (2006).
  • "Women's Human Rights related to Health-Care in the Context of HIV/AIDS," Health and Human Rights Working Paper Series No 5, World Health Organization (2004).