The Power and Limitations of Health as a Human Right


The Power and Limitations of Health as a Human Right

Room 202

Parkville campus

185 Pelham Street

Booking not required

Seminar: 1pm – 2pm A light lunch will be served from 12.30pm

Sixty-nine per cent of constitutions worldwide now include a right to health or healthcare. The existence of a right to health is now uncontested in international human rights law. But for all these formal declarations, extreme inequalities continue: healthcare spending per capita for the top 5 per cent of the world’s population is nearly 4500 times that of the lowest 20 per cent, and 2.5 million people die annually from vaccine-preventable diseases. These statistics force us to take stock: what has the judicialisation of health rights achieved?

In this presentation, Professor Colleen M. Flood, Director of the University of Ottawa Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics, will explore the power and the limitations of the right to health. She will outline the results from a 16-country study of the right to health and argue a case for the role courts should play in realising a just right to health.

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