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Health inequalities and deprivations across countries have often served as initial motivations for global justice philosophers, but their primary philosophical focus, debates, and final normative guidance has been far removed from real world health concerns and crises, and offered little help during the COVID pandemic. With over 25 million or more excess pandemic related deaths and long term harms, a destabilised world order, and widening global inequality, global and social justice theories that treat health as a minor issue, or that have little to say about the many multiple dimensions of health inequity and injustice that have occurred require major recalibration.

In this conference, we bring to the forefront philosophical and pressing global policy issues that can help recalibrate global justice philosophy to be more relevant, legitimate, and useful. Senior philosophers and policy makers will present on issues of racism, sex/sexuality, and philosophical methodologies.

This is an in person and online event.

This is part one of a two part event with the second part, a public lecture, taking place at 5pm in The Great Hall.


09:00 Coffee & Registration
09:30 Opening & Introductions/ livestream starts. 

INTRODUCTION to panel and chairing the keynote: Sridhar Venkatapuram, IRG-GHJ, Global Health Institute, KLC


Panel - Sex panic

Chair: Gabriela Arguedas-Ramírez, IRG-GHJ, Universidad de Costa Rica

10:30 Prof. Cynthia Weber, Sussex University [Book - Queer International Relations]
11:00 Dr. Avni Amin, World Health Organization, Dept. of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Research on Violence against Women
11:30 Tea break

Panel - Racism

Chair: Anna C. Zielinska, IRG-GHJ, University of Lorraine, France 

12:30 TBC
13:00 Dr. Olusoji Adeyi, (Formerly World Bank, Global Fund, UNAIDS) [Book - Global Health in Practice]
13:30 One hour lunch break

Panel - Methodologies

Chair: Jonathan Wolff, IRG-GHJ, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford 

15:00 Prof. Alison Jaggar, Univ of Colorado [Decolonizing Anglo-American Philosophy]
15:30 Prof. Alexander Broadbent, Univ of Durham [Errors in global level epidemology]
16:00 Conclusion

Public Lecture by Dr. Ayoade Alakija (Great Hall, Strand) - separate registration


Since 2020, the Independent Resource Group for Global Health Justice (IRG-GHJ), founded by Sridhar Venkatapuram, Associate Professor of Global Health & Philosophy at King’s College London has aimed to provide political philosophy perspectives on global health justice and injustices which were made blatant in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic.  This second annual IRG-GHJ conference considers the need to think not only on issues of global health justice, but more fundamentally about the philosophy of global justice itself.

Jointly sponsored by the YTL Centre for Politics, Philosophy and Law & International Resource Group for Global Health Justice (IRG-GHJ).

At this event

Dr Sridhar Venkatapuram

Senior Lecturer in Global Health and Philosophy

Event details

Ante Room, 1.17 in Somerset House East Wing
Strand Campus
Strand, London, WC2R 2LS