Global Health Challenges & the Role of Law
2012 National Health Law Conference
May 4 & 5, 2012
Participants will discuss and seek solutions to these global health challenges:
• How can we improve global access to care and essential medicines on the part of the most vulnerable
– can law make a substantive change?
• Can we regulate to ensure fair access to health and health care given the global rise of medical tourism,
global trade and assisted reproductive technologies?
• What impact can law make in addressing the global spread of chronic diseases and the rise, for example, of the obesity epidemic?
• In the legal world we think we can meet global health challenges through law and litigation,
but to what extent is that true and what are the context and circumstances where law/litigation can really
make a positive difference in improving global welfare?
The 2012 conference will feature a keynote panel debate on:
"Can Law Meet Global Health Challenges? Perspectives from Medicine and Politics"
Abdallah S. Daar, Senior Scientist and Director of Ethics and Commercialization, Sandra Rotman Centre; Professor,
Theodore R. Marmor, Health Care Policy, Politics and Law Expert,
Michael Ignatieff, Former leader of the Liberal Party of Canada; Senior Fellow of Massey College,
James Orbinski, Chair and Professor in Global Health, Dalla Lana School of Public Health; Co-Director, Global Health Diplomacy Program, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto.
The Conference is organized by the CIHR Training Program in Health Law, Ethics & Policy and the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto in collaboration with the Faculté de droit de l'Université de Sherbrooke; the Faculty of Law, University of Alberta; and the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University.
Blaney McMurtry LLP- Borden Ladner Gervais LLP -Centre for Innovation Law and Policy, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto -Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Institute of Health Services and Policy Research -Dykeman Dewhirst O'Brien LLP -Fasken Martineau LLP -Global Health Division, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
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