NEW HHRJ SERIES: Calling for blogs on SDGs, Accountability, and the Right to Health

Robust accountability processes and mechanisms are an essential component of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In our recent SDG SERIES, contributors repeatedly called for human rights to underpin these processes and mechanisms. In response, the Health and Human Rights Journal is now calling for contributions for a new series of blogs on “SDGs, Accountability, and the Right to Health.” Contributions may explore practical and procedural interpretations arising from an…

Mary Robinson Introduces the COP21 SERIES: Climate change, COP21, and the right to health

Introduction by Mary Robinson I am delighted to welcome and launch this Health and Human Rights Journal series on climate change, COP21 and the right to health. The initiative is timely; on Monday October 19, 2015, climate negotiators will reconvene in Bonn, Germany, for the final five days of negotiations before the Conference of Parties (COP21) begins in Paris on November 30. This is an incredibly important year; 2015 could…

STUDENT ESSAY Algorithmic Discrimination in Health Care: An EU Law Perspective

Malwina Anna Wójcik Introduction Pursuant to article 168(7) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU), the organization of national health care systems and the definition of national health policy remain the exclusive competences of member states. In spite of clear differences in funding and management, European health care systems share common values of universality, access to good-quality care, equity, and solidarity, which presume a commitment to…

Children Arriving in the United States Need Strong Safeguards

Michael Garcia Bochenek and Warren Binford The sounds of sobbing children, some struggling to breathe, outraged the public in June 2018 as the impact of the Trump administration family separation policy became widely known.[1] The policy was striking for the deliberate way it inflicted harm on children in the name of deterrence. The authorities rolled it out along the US-Mexico border after a six-month pilot, fully aware of its adverse…

Pandemic Treaty Should Include Reporting in Prisons

Kyle Knight, Julia Bleckner, Edwin Cameron, and Joseph J. Amon On December 1, 2021, the World Health Assembly, meeting in only the second Special Session since the World Health Organization’s (WHO) founding in 1948, agreed to develop a “convention, agreement, or other international instrument” to strengthen pandemic prevention, preparedness and response.[1] Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, WHO’s director, explained that this decision was taken as a result of the “many flaws in…

Moving Beyond Siloes: Urgent Need for an Integrated Approach to Children’s Rights and Well-Being

Jonathan Todres Child development is multi-faceted and complex. Although the lived experience of children cannot be neatly parsed into siloes, government responses to, and support for, children are typically divided among sectors. From education to health care to juvenile justice, different departments and agencies typically develop and implement narrowly defined programs. The problem with this approach is that it risks failing to deliver meaningful assistance to the children and adolescents…

Advancing a Human Rights-Based Approach to Access to Medicines: Lessons Learned from the Constitutional Court of Peru

Lowri Davies Abstract Access to medicines and the right to health continues to be widely discussed in academic literature. United Nations human rights bodies have done much work to elaborate on the normative content of the right to health and the obligations of states to uphold this right, although translating this into tangible benefits to the public at national level remains a challenge. This paper explores the case of Peru…

Capturing and Preserving Health Rights Expertise

There have been four Special Rapporteurs on the right to health since the mandate was established by the then UN Human Rights Committee in 2002, and throughout each tenure a considerable volume of reports and letters is generated. These independent experts identify general trends related to the right to health, highlight specific challenges and recommend solutions, and undertake country visits to examine the situation concerning the right to health in…

Inviting Contributions on the Theme of “Paul Farmer’s Legacy”

Paul Farmer 1959-2022 In memory and celebration of our Editor-in-Chief Paul Farmer, we invite contributions to an online collection that honors his legacy in global health, human rights, equality and dignity. We welcome personal reflections, comments on Paul’s work and writing, and commentaries on the ways in which Paul shaped global health. Essays are encouraged that look to the future and anticipate Paul’s legacy in promoting health and human rights.…

In Memory of Paul Farmer who Believed the Future Could be Different

Joseph J. Amon and Carmel Williams On February 21, 2022, the Health and Human Rights Journal Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Paul Farmer, MD PhD, died in his sleep while working in Rwanda. In addition to his role at the Journal which he had held since 2008, Paul was Kolokotrones University Professor and chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, chief of the Division of Global…

US High-Level Office for Children is Critical for Children’s Rights

Miriam Abaya, Nandita Bajaj, Warren Binford, Michelle Blake, Carter Dillard, James Dold, Hope Ferdowsian, Wendy Lazarus, Reid Maki, Shantel Meek, Jerry Milner, Jennifer Nagda, Vidya Kumar Ramanathan, Nevena Vuckovic Sahovic, and Jonathan Todres In a recent series of workshops to address the lack of leadership for child rights in the United States, our participants identified the need for a high-level federal entity to oversee children’s issues. The United States remains…

Acting on TB and Human Rights: The Breaking Down Barriers Initiative of the Global Fund

Hyeyoung Lim, Ralf Jurgens, Alexandrina Iovita, and Joanne Csete Tuberculosis disproportionately affects people marginalized by poverty, people in detention, and individuals living with and vulnerable to HIV. The End TB Strategy of the World Health Organization (WHO), endorsed by many donors and partners, includes as two of its four founding principles the protection and promotion of the human rights of those affected by the disease and the strengthening of civil…