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The human right to health and the law

19 Feb
The human right to health and the law
Part of Pandemics and Inequality: the ethical, legal and policy challenges of tackling COVID-19 in an unequal world

The event will be hosted virtually via Microsoft Teams. Please register to receive the joining link.

Event Abstract

Unequal access to the legal mechanism of the right to health. The people we want to use the right to health are those who are least able to access them.

The principle of equality before the law vs the unequal human beings underneath the general principle.

There has been very little discussion of the right to access to health care during the pandemic.

Stay at home – but then you can’t earn. Can’t have basic living if you stay at home.

Event Speakers

Dr Octavio Ferraz is reader of transnational law at King's College London. Before joining King's, Dr Octavio Ferraz was a senior research officer to the UN special rapporteur for the right to health and then moved to Warwick Law School, where he was an Assistant and then an Associate Professor for 8 years. Before moving to academia, he practiced law in Sao Paulo, Brazil, mostly in the fields of corporate public law and medical law for over ten years. He is still a member of the Brazilian Bar and contributes regularly to the Brazilian press.

Adam Wagner is an experienced human rights and public lawyer with a strong civil law background. He has acted at all levels including in the Supreme Court and European Court of Human Rights. Adam regularly lectures on human rights law and is currently a Visiting Professor of Law at Goldsmiths University. He is the Consultant Editor of the 2020 Prison Law edition of Halsbury’s Laws of England. In 2019 he was appointed to the Equality and Human Rights Commission ‘A' Panel of Counsel.

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