Controversies about the Human Right to Health


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“Controversies about the Human Right to Health” Jo Wolff (UCL). 12.30-2pm, Monday the 14th of March 2016, Canada Room, QUB.*

A flyer for this event can be found here [.pdf].

Health advocates are increasingly arguing that there is a human right to health that must be respected by all governments. What, though, is the relation between the right to health and the right to health-care? Critics of the human right to health have argued that it leads to uncoordinated and grossly inefficient health care allocation, and is generally captured by those who are already relatively advantaged. While there is evidence that the human right to health has been used in this way, J Wolff will argue that these practices are a distortion of the human right to health as it should be understood.

Attendance is free and open to all, however you should reserve a place via the event page on the Imagine! website.

* The Canada Room can be found on this campus map [.pdf] marked as No. 1.


This is first of three events being organised by the NIEF as part of the programme for Imagine: A Festival of Ideas taking place in Belfast 14th – 21st of March 2016. The second and third events will be:

2: Panel Debate: “An Opt-Out Organ Donor Register: What is it, and should NI have one? Dr Chris Hingston (CLOD South Wales), Dr Paul Glover (Regional CLOD, Belfast, NI) and Nathan Emmerich (QUB). 1230-1400, Friday the 18th of March 2016. Old Staff Common Room, QUB.

3: Editing the Genome: What do the Public think about Engineering Human Beings? by Silvia Camporesi (KCL). 1430-1600, Saturday the 19th of March 2016, Crescent Arts Centre.

A flyer for all three events can be found here [.pdf].