Noam Schimmel

Visiting Associate Professor of Ethics and International Affairs
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Areas of Expertise

International human rights, the politics of human rights, ethics and international human rights law, humanitarian and development aid, reparative justice for survivors of genocide, global justice, and communication.

Noam Schimmel earned a Ph.D. in Media and Communication incorporating Political Science and Public Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in January 2014. He has an MSc in Philosophy, Policy and Social Value from the LSE. He earned an MSt in International Human Rights Law in October 2015 from Oxford University where he was a Santander Scholar.

His interdisciplinary doctoral research examined American Democratic presidential health care reform rhetoric, American healthcare reform policy and politics, and the human right to healthcare. During the 2014-2015 academic year, he was an O’Brien Fellow in Residence and Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, McGill University Faculty of Law, where he is currently Associate Fellow. He is a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow and was a 2015 Humanity in Action Diplomacy and Diversity Fellow. He served as a Research Officer at the London School of Economics Department of Social Policy, LSE Health division, researching the human rights challenges facing internally displaced people globally in 2016.

Noam was a faculty member on the School for International Training’s comparative human rights study abroad program from January – May of 2014, teaching courses on human rights and facilitating discussion and experiential learning in the three countries in which the program takes place in addition to the United States: Nepal, Jordan, and Chile. He consults for human rights/development oriented foundations and NGOs and has consulted and volunteered with the child-centered development organization, PLAN. He volunteers to support the human rights and welfare of Rwandan genocide survivors.

He has published on a range of human rights topics including reparative justice for survivors of genocide, the rights of children, indigenous people, and genocide survivors as well as on development efforts to alleviate poverty and engender and sustain human security. His most recent articles have appeared in the Journal of Human Rights and Human Rights Review. He published his doctoral dissertation with Palgrave Macmillan in a book titled, 'Presidential Healthcare Reform Rhetoric: Continuity, Change, and Contested Values from Truman to Obama'. He is currently completing his second book with Palgrave Macmillan addressing the human rights responsibilities of non-governmental organizations.

Noam Schimmel has particular interests in the ethical dimensions of human rights law, the politics of human rights and humanitarian aid, development studies, global governance and its intersection with human rights law, and the role of rhetoric and communication in both advancing and limiting human rights. He was a Visiting Fellow at Kellogg College, Oxford researching human rights from October 2015 - October 2017 and a Research Visitor at the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, Oxford Faculty of Law, from January - June 2018.

Current Research

Reparative justice in Rwanda, the politics of human rights at the UN Human Rights Council, rhetoric and human rights.


BA Yale; MSc London School of Economics, MSt Oxford University, Ph.D. London School of Economics.



Cambridge International Law Journal. Noam Schimmel, International human rights law responsibilities of non-governmental organizations: respecting and fulfilling the right to reparative justice in Rwanda and beyond. Vol. 8, no. 1, June 2019.

'American Presidential Rhetoric Justifying Healthcare Reform: Continuity, Change and Contested Values from Truman to Obama.' The book examines American presidential health care reform rhetoric, American political culture, healthcare policy, and human rights. The book was published by Palgrave Macmillan in September of 2016.

‘The Place of Human Rights in American Efforts to Expand and Universalize Healthcare.’ Human Rights Review. Volume 14, Issue 1, 2013, 1-29.

‘The Moral Case for Restorative Justice as a Corollary of the Responsibility to Protect: A Rwandan Case Study of the Insufficiency of Impact of Retributive Justice on the Rights and Well Being of Genocide Survivors.’ Journal of Human Rights.Volume 11, Issue 2, 2012, 161-188.

‘The Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village: Community Development for Rwandan Orphans and its Impact on Orphaned Genocide Survivors.’ Progress in Development Studies. Volume 11, Issue 3, 2011, 243-250.

‘An Invisible Genocide: How the Western Media Failed to Report the 1994 Rwandan Genocide of the Tutsis and Why.’ International Journal of Human Rights. Volume 15, Number 7, 2011, 1125-1135.

‘Failed Aid: How Development Agencies Are Neglecting and Marginalizing Rwandan Genocide Survivors.’ Development in Practice. Volume 20, Issue 3, 2010, 407-413.

‘The Abuse of 'Development' and its Consequences for Indigenous People: A Case Study of Botswana's Bushman Community.’ Development. Volume 52, Issue 4, 2009, 514-518.

‘Media Accountability to Investigate Human Rights Violations.’ Peace Review. Volume 21, Issue 4, 2009, 442-447.

‘A Humanistic Approach to Caring for Street Children.’ Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies. Volume 3, Issue 3, 2008, 214-220.

‘Challenging Dutch Holocaust Education’. Ethics and Education. Volume 3, Issue 1, 2008 (co-authored with Jacob Boersema), 57-74.

‘Indigenous Education and Human Rights.’ The International Journal on Minority and Group Rights. Volume 14, Number 4, 2007, 425-453.

‘Freedom and Autonomy of Street Children.’ The International Journal of Children's Rights. Volume 14, Number 3, 2006, 211-233.

Classes Taught


Human Rights Successes, Critical Perspectives on Human Rights