New online symposium during April, 2016, on the topic of International Health Governance of Disease Outbreaks, taking place at the Völkerrechtsblog:
About the overall project:
The Forschungsstätte der Evangelischen Studiengemeinschaft e.V. / Institute for Interdisciplinary Research (FEST) and the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (MPIL) are pleased to announce a research project on International Health Governance (IHG). It will use the International Public Authority (IPA) approach to characterize and explain IHG in the face of ongoing structural changes in public international law.
This IHG perspective purports to recognize the relevant actors involved in the goal of providing an adequate standard of health for persons. While the human right to health still focuses on the home-states to guarantee internationally agreed standards, IHG encompasses the broader picture of states, international organizations, NGOs, private actors and public-private partnerships (PPP's), all of them acting within the purview of their legal norms as well as under ethical convictions. The recent West African Ebola crisis provides a relevant example for examining the response of different actors who aid states unable to safeguard their own citizens. What are the responsibilities of IHG actors and how does law coordinate their actions? Does the human right to health include research in health issues as an obligation of states? With the ultimate goal of delivering timely and effective aid, the interplay between regulatory provisions and structural shortcomings and their effect on coordinated aid delivery by various actors requires further scrutiny.
For the initial phase of our research, we selected three sub-areas of IHG:
(1) Responsibilities of IHG actors
(2) Coordination of IHG actors
(3) Publicly-financed research
An initial international workshop took place on March 3-4, 2016. The workshop theme was International Health Governance of Disease Outbreaks with Professor Marx (managing director "evaplan International Health" at the University Hospital Heidelberg, Germany) as keynote speaker. You can find the programme in the download section below.
The workshop will be followed up by an edited volume. We also started to accept teaching opportunities.