Lecture: "The Global Health Crisis: Ethical Responsibilities"


Location: 1050 Nanovic Hall


Thana Christina de Campos

Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Ottawa
Faculty Associate, Global Strategy Lab

Proposing a new view of global justice based on natural law, Dr. de Campos presents a discussion of the key ethical values in contemporary medicine and health, notably in relation to neglected diseases like malaria, Ebola and Zika. The lack of treatments for such diseases point to a global health crisis. Thana Cristina de Campos provides a general framework, based on global commutative justice, for discussion of the ethical responsibilities of international stakeholders, mapping the varying duties they have, and their content and force. She also addresses the urgent need for reforms to the international legal rules on bioethics, notably the system of intellectual property rights. These ideas will be of interest to those who are looking for a more nuanced view of the human right to health than that provided by advocates in the globalist mainstream.

Dr Thana de Campos is an adjunct professor at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law (Common Law Section), and a research fellow at GSL. She is also a research associate at the Von Hügel Institute (University of Cambridge/UK) and at Law Casas Institute (University of Oxford/UK). She holds a doctorate in law (jurisprudence) from the University of Oxford, and a master in international law from the University of Sao Paulo/Brazil. Dr de Campos researches and publishes in bioethics, legal theory, and moral philosophy, with particular interests in Natural Law, Virtue Ethics, global health law, global health governance, and the human right to health. Through her work at GSL, she aims to develop the field of Global Health Ethics, and to help law students understand why there are practical reasons to care about global health ethics considerations (and about ethical considerations in general). Dr de Campos has complemented her scholarship with a commitment to public service. She is the co-founder of Academics Stand Against Poverty (ASAP) in Brazil, together with the Brazilian Ministry of Public Affairs. Her motivation in founding ASAP was to equip policy and lawmakers with the philosophical tools necessary to discern what is reasonable and unreasonable in certain laws, particularly health laws.

Originally published at the Center for Civil & Human Rights (humanrights.nd.edu).