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Health and Human Rights

Health and Human Rights



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The commitments governments undertake in international human rights instruments affect national laws and policies, as well as the structuring of programmes in health. International human rights play a role in global governance of health as well. In today’s world, effective policymaking and diplomacy related to public health issues calls for a familiarity with the frameworks and mechanisms related to human rights. The development of international law and policy-making, as well as the growing body of scholarship on health and human rights, point to various perspectives that should be explored to gain a better understanding this complex and dynamic field, in particular the scope and impact of the “right to health” under international law, the use of other human rights to achieve equitable health outcomes, and the role of human rights commitments in counterbalancing the implementation of other bodies of law and policy in a globalised world.

WHO IS THIS PROGRAMME FOR?

Policy-makers and practitioners involved in international health cooperation and/or human rights practice, such as:

Government representatives engaged in international health or international human rights policy and law, including diplomatic missions
Representatives from international, regional and non-governmental organisations
Professionals in philanthropic organisations
Scholars and researchers from academic institutions

PROGRAMME OBJECTIVES

Increase understanding of the role played by human rights law and practice in the governance of global health
Increase critical appreciation about the benefits and limits of a human rights approach in balancing diverse interests with the aim of securing equitable health outcomes
Reflect on the different roles played by the main actors and institutions, and on whether and how to access them and their mechanisms
Enhance participants’ negotiation skills through a differentiated analysis of actors and their mandate, role and interests, as well as by immersing into a simulated negotiation based on a real on-going scenario
Promote a network of health diplomats and foster peer learning.
PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

This three-day course is designed to increase the understanding of participants on the role of international human rights law and practice in global health governance and diplomacy.

The course will explore the following questions:

What are the international standards and mechanisms that relate to the intersection of health and human rights?

What does it mean in practice to set out a “right to health,” and how might such a right be implemented in laws, policies and programs?

What is (and should be) the role of courts in enforcing health-related rights?

What are the key elements of ‘rights-based approaches’ in programmes and policies, with reference to specific health issues and affected populations?

Under international law, what limitations can be imposed on human rights out of concern for public health?

This course is designed to be highly interactive, drawing on national and international professional experiences of participants through a multi-disciplinary learning process. It also includes a simulated exercise through which participants will be able to apply the concepts addressed during the course.

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