Upcoming Event: Course on Health Rights Litigation

The Health Rights of Women and Children Program at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard University, is pleased to announce application and scholarship information for the Course on Health Rights Litigation. This one-week intensive course is offered as part of the Global School on the Enforcement of Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (Global School). The course offers participants an opportunity to develop specialist-level knowledge in relation to health rights with a particular focus on the justiciability of health-related rights at the national, regional and international level. It draws on a wealth of material from across the world in order to analyze existing institutionalized practices of interpretation and implementation of health-related rights, and includes consideration of both theoretical questions and practical issues, such as effective strategies and the impact of adjudication.

Specific topics the course will cover include: reproductive and sexual health; rights issues arising in health care settings; abuses in institutional settings; palliative care; access to medicines and approaches to health-care rationing; structuring remedies to facilitate democratic deliberation and broad participation; strategies with respect to implementation of collective and structural judgments; and factors to consider in assessing the equity impacts of judgments, which include — but go beyond — income, gender, and marginalized status. The goal of this course is not only knowledge dissemination and strategic practice, but the creation of networks around the legal enforcement of health rights.

The week-long course will be held from June 18-22, 2012 in Boston, MA. The course will be conducted in English, and is composed of seminars and group exercises. It is highly participatory and uses case studies extensively. The course is designed for PhD students, scholars, practitioners (e.g., law, public health, human rights or development), policy-makers and advanced master’s students. Space is limited!

Application materials and additional information are available on the FXB Center website. Please direct materials and questions to kfalb ~at~ hsph.harvard.edu.

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