Do Human Rights Frameworks Matter for Advancing Global Health?

How can we use human rights frameworks to foster social improvements? Alicia Ely Yamin, visiting professor of law at Georgetown University, will discuss the successes and challenges to using human rights approaches for health, from conceptualization to implementation, and formulate recommendations to make these approaches more effective. 

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Alicia Ely Yamin
Alicia Ely Yamin, Visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown University

"Applying a human rights framework to health demands that we think about our own suffering and that of others, as well as the fundamental causes of that suffering. What is our agency as human subjects with rights and dignity, and what prevents us from acting in certain circumstances? What roles are played by others in decisions that affect our health?"

Can human rights approaches be effective in improving the lives of the most vulnerable? What are their successes and challenges, whether in the conceptualization of the rights or their implementation?

In this breakfast seminar, Alicia Ely Yamin, visiting professor of law at Georgetown University will present the main arguments from her latest book, Power, Suffering, and the Struggle for Dignity Human Rights Frameworks for Health and Why They Matter, foreworded by Paul Farmer. 

A breakfast will be served, please register!

On the seminar series "Global Health Unpacked"

“Global Health Unpacked” is a seminar series that aims to bring together the global health community on a regular basis to critically discuss key debates in Global Health in informal and interactive seminars. Guest speakers (both from the University of Oslo and from other universities) will bring an original perspective to the topic and engage in a conversation with the audience. With this forum, we also hope to facilitate exchanges and collaborations between global health researchers and students present in Oslo and foster interdisciplinary research. “Global Health Unpacked” is jointly organized by the research group Power and Politics of Global Health, Centre for Development and the Environment and the UiO Centre for Global Health.

Published Dec. 18, 2017 3:18 PM - Last modified Jan. 12, 2018 12:03 PM