Ibrahim Garba (Karai-Karai)

Ibrahim Garba (Karai-Karai)

Senior Researcher, Native Nations Institute, Udall Center
Assistant Research Professor, College of Public Health
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Ibrahim earned his S.J.D. at the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy (IPLP) program at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. He has graduate training in philosophy and international human rights law. He has also completed fellowships in bioethics, health policy, and regulatory science.

Ibrahim’s research interests in ethics have included the implications of precision (personalized) medicine for public health, the ethical conduct of health research in low-resource settings, and the use of Indigenous samples in biomedical research. His legal scholarship has explored the evolution of collective rights in international law and how these rights provide a governance framework for collectives (especially Indigenous Peoples) to participate in the development of policies that affect them.

Ibrahim has taught philosophy in the United States and high school literature in his home country, Nigeria.


Wilmer, H., A.M. Meadow, A.B. Brymer, S.R. Carroll, D.B. Ferguson, I. Garba, C. Greene, G.
Owen, D.E. Peck. 2021. Expanded Ethical Principles for Research Partnership and
Transdisciplinary Natural Resource Management Science. Environmental Management

Carroll, S.R., Garba, I., Figueroa-Rodríguez, O.L., Holbrook, J., Lovett, R., Materechera, S., Parsons, M., Raseroka, K., Rodriguez-Lonebear, D., Rowe, R., Sara, R., Walker, J.D., Anderson, J. and Hudson, M., 2020. The CARE Principles for Indigenous Data Governance. Data Science Journal, 19(1), p.43.

Garrison, N.A., Hudson, M., Ballantyne, L.L., Garba, I., Martinez, A., Taualii, M., Arbour, L., Caron, N.R. and Carroll Rainie, S. “Genomic research through an Indigenous lens: understanding the expectations.” Annual Review of Genomics and Human Genetics, 20 (2019).

Garba I. “Collective biopolitics: the rights of Indigenous peoples in genetic research.” Tecnoscienza 9(2): 181-96 (2018).

Garba I., Barraza L., Hall-Lipsy E.H. “Acquired duties for ethical research with American Indian/Alaska Native populations: an application of Pierson and Millum’s framework (Open peer commentary).” American Journal of Bioethics 18(11): 40-42 (2018)

Garba I., Hall-Lipsy E.H., Barraza L. “Response: Rethinking the Belmont Report? Friesen et al.,” entry at Bioethics.net Weblog, available at http://www.bioethics.net/2017/07/rethinking-the-be... (07/17)

Meslin, E.M., Garba I. “Introduction: international collaboration for global public health”, in Public Health Ethics: Cases Spanning the Globe (Barrett, D.H. et al, eds.) (2016).

Garba I. “Learning to listen: doing federal policy from the bottom-up in Indian Country,” entry at Mayo Clinic Diversity in Education Weblog, available at http://educationdiversityblog.mayo.edu/discussion/... (08/2014)

Garba I. "Reasons to support a binding treaty on health R&D for developing countries," entry at Indiana University Center for Bioethics Weblog, available at http://iucb.wordpress.com/2012/05/25/reasons-to-su... (05/2012)

Meslin E.M., Garba I. "Biobanking and public health: is a human rights approach the tie that binds?" Human Genetics 130(3): 451-63 (2011)


  • S.J.D. Law
  • LL.M. Law
  • M.A. Philosophy
  • J.D. Law