Margaret Harpin, Legal Advisor
Margaret joined the Center in 2017 and is a Legal Advisor in the Global Legal Strategies unit. Margaret serves as the unit's leading legal analyst and researcher for the development of institutional positions and flagship Center publications, tools, and resources. She also tracks, monitors, and analyzes national abortion laws around the world to develop key resources on the status of abortion law globally, and to ensure the World Abortion Laws Map remains current. Margaret also supports the creation of systems and processes to track emerging legal trends and conducts trainings on reproductive rights. Previously, Margaret served as a Legal Fellow in the Global Legal Program, developing capacity building initiatives that supported advocates in utilizing the human rights framework to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Prior to joining the Center, Margaret interned at the World Health Organization, where she conducted a landscape analysis on the creation of an enabling environment for healthcare workers involved in maternal death surveillance and response mechanisms. While in law school, Margaret was a member of the Public Interest Law Journal, and the International Human Rights Clinic, where she focused on projects that utilized the human rights framework to advocate for refugees’ rights. She also interned at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the Center for Reproductive Rights and Justice, Boston Medical Center, and Ibis Reproductive Health.
Margaret has a J.D. from Boston University School of Law, a MSc. in Global Health and Development from University College London, and a B.A. in Anthropology from Smith College.