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The Global Health Crisis
Ethical Responsibilities


Part of Cambridge Bioethics and Law

  • Date Published: March 2017
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107190351

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  • Proposing a new view of global justice based on natural law, this book 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 points 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.

    • Reframes the mainstream concept of 'global justice' around the natural law ideas of commutative justice and common good
    • Proposes a new way to frame and discuss institutional reform proposals addressing the problem of neglected diseases, based on the theological/philosophical distinction between justice and benevolence
    • Will appeal to those who are uncomfortable with globalism/cosmopolitanism
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    • Date Published: March 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107190351
    • dimensions: 235 x 159 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Defining the Object: What Is a Reasonable Scope and Content for the Human Right to Health?:
    1. The moral value of health: health as a basic human need
    2. The human right to health and its corresponding responsibilities
    Part II. Defining the Subjects: Who Are the Duty-Bearers of the Right to Health?:
    3. States and natural persons as subjects of justice
    4. Pharmaceutical transnational corporations as subjects of justice
    Part III. Defining Just Institutions: How Should Right to Health Responsibilities Be Allocated among the Subjects of Justice?:
    5. The global health governance of the global health crisis

  • Author

    Thana Cristina de Campos, University of Ottawa
    Thana Cristina de Campos is an adjunct professor at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law (Common Law Section). She is also a research scholar with the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights, and a research associate at the Von Hügel Institute, University of Cambridge, the Las Casas Institute, University of Oxford, and the Global Strategy Lab, University of Ottawa.

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