Global Lawyering Spotlight Lecture Series: Just Global Health: Integrating Human Right and Common Goods


Location: 1310 Biolchini & Zoom (View on

The covid-19 pandemic throws into sharp relief fundamental questions about global health justice and the institutions that are tasked with securing it. This talk considers some of the basic building blocks for thinking about global health justice, in particular, individual human rights, including the human right to health, and common goods, such as herd immunity. It tries to articulate an account of global health justice that integrates both human rights and common goods in a coherent way, transcending the familiar idea that they are in an antagonistic relationship. Along the way, some implications for the policy response to the covid-19 pandemic are considered.

John Tasioulas
Professor John Tasioulas is Director of the Institute for Ethics in AI; Professor of Ethics and Legal Philosophy, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Oxford & Notre Dame London Law Program. He has previously taught at the University of Oxford and University College London and has held visiting positions at the University of Chicago, Harvard University, and the University of Melbourne. He has acted as a consultant on human rights to the World Bank. He is also a Visiting Professor and Distinguished Fellow at the University of Notre Dame in England program. He is the editor of The Cambridge Companion to the Philosophy of Law (Cambridge University Press, 2020).

Moderator: Professor Jeffrey Pojanowski, Notre Dame Law School

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