Maya Sabatello, LLB, PhD

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Maya Sabatello specializes in bioethics, medical ethics, disability studies, international law and comparative human rights. A lawyer with a PhD in political science, and post-doctoral training from Harvard Medical School and Columbia University Medical Center, her work is interdisciplinary and cross-cultural. Her research focuses on law, society, and disability; a child-centered approach to assisted reproductive technologies; and the ethical, legal, and social implications of genetics, especially in pediatrics and judicial settings. She is the author of Children's Bioethics (Martinus Nijhoff/ Brill Publishing, 2009) and co-editor of Human Rights and Disability Advocacy (Penn University Press, 2014). Previously, Dr. Sabatello litigated cases of medical malpractice and has worked as a legal adviser to national and international nongovernmental organizations to promote health-related human rights. As a Permanent Representative for a nongovernmental organization at the United Nations, she participated in the drafting of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Dr. Sabatello chairs the AAAS’s Ethics and Human Rights Working Group, co-chairs the ASIL’s International Disability Rights Interest Group, and serves as a member at various genomic-related committees at Columbia University.

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Bioethics (in Psychiatry)