The emphasis of Stephen Marks's work is on the interface of health and human rights, drawing on the disciplines of international law, international politics, international organizations, and international economics.
Professor Marks's recent research has focused on integrating human rights into sustainable human development; biotechnology and human rights; impunity for mass atrocities; terrorism and human rights; cultural rights; tobacco control; access to medicines, and human rights education. He has published recent books, articles or book chapters in each of these areas. He directs Harvard Series on Health and Human Rights at Harvard University Press.
He recently co-edited a book on Development as a Human Right: Legal, Political and Economic Dimensions and a reader on Perspectives on Health and Human Rights, (second edition, 2010). His book Health and Human Rights: Basic International Documents, is now in its second edition. He is preparing for publication in 2011 The Right to Health in Comparative Perspective (in the Harvard Series on Health and Human Rights) and Freedom from Poverty as a Human Right: Economic Perspectives (to be published by UNESCO and University of Pennsylvania Press in 2011).Professor Marks is currently collaborating with Prof. Balakrishnan Rajagopal on a book on human rights and development for Edward Elgard Publishing. He is editing a volume on the right to development for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, to be published in 2011.
In his capacity as Senior Fellow at the University Committee on Human Rights Studies, he developed a strategy for human rights learning in Harvard College in collaboration with the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and is teaching two courses in the college as part of the expanded human rights curriculum.