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Distinguished Scholar Larry Gostin to visit UC Berkeley for lecture on “Imagining Global Health with Justice”: 4/29/14

by / Tuesday, 11 March 2014 / Published in Events, News

Please join us on April 29, 2014 for a lecture by distinguished law scholar, Professor Larry Gostin, who is visiting UC Berkeley to deliver a lecture on Imagining Global Health with Justice, and to launch his new book, Global Health Law. This event is hosted by the Center for Global Public Health and the Berkeley Master of Development Practice program.

Who: Lawrence O. Gostin, University Professor, Founding Linda and Timothy O’Neill Chair in Global Health Law Georgetown University
When: April 29, 2014 at 5:30pm
Where: Alumni House
What: Lecture (5:30-6:30) followed by book sale and book signing
Free event registration: click here

Speaker Bio:
Lawrence Gostin is University Professor and the Founding Linda and Timothy O’Neill Chair in Global Health Law; Faculty Director of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law; and Director of the WHO Collaborating Center on Public Health Law & Human Rights. He has chaired numerous National Academy of Sciences committees; proposed a Framework Convention on Global Health endorsed by the UN Secretary General; served on the WHO Director’s Advisory Committee on Reforming the WHO; drafted a Model Public Health Law for WHO and the CDC; and directed the National Council of Civil Liberties and the National Association for Mental Health in the United Kingdom, where he wrote the British Mental Health Act and brought landmark cases before the European Court of Human Rights. He was awarded the Delbridge Memorial Prize for the person who has “most influenced Parliament and government to act for the welfare of society.”

More on Professor Gostin’s new book Global Health Law

A note from the Speaker on his lecture:

“The scope and complexity of global health can be overwhelming, making it difficult to form an inspiring and unified vision for the future. Mired in this complexity, the international community defines success disease by disease—without a clear picture of what fundamental reform would actually look like. If the aspiration of global health with justice is the right goal, then answering three simple questions may pierce the haze.

First, what would global health look like? That is, given optimal priority-setting, funding, and implementation, to what level of health should we aspire, and with what provision of health-related services?

Second, what would global health with justice look like? Global health seeks to improve all the major indicators of health, such as infant and maternal mortality and longevity. Global health with justice, however, requires that we look beyond improved health outcomes for the population as a whole. Although overall population health is vitally important, justice requires a significant reduction in health disparities between the well-off and the poor. Societies that achieve high levels of health and longevity for most, while the poor and marginalized die young, do not comport with social justice.

Third, what would it take to achieve global health with justice? That is, once we clearly state the goal, and meaning, of global health with justice, what concrete steps are required to reach this ambitious objective? This raises fundamental challenges, intellectually and operationally, as the response cannot be limited to ever-greater resources, but must also involve improved governance—at the country and international level and across multiple sectors.

Posing these three elementary questions, of course, oversimplifies a field that is fraught with tensions and trade offs. But I want to imagine a more ideal future for world health, with bold proposals to get there. After thinking about these three basic questions, I turn to an idea for innovative global governance for health—a Framework Convention on Global Health.”

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