Public lecture by Professor Paul Hunt

"Health & Human Rights: Opportunities & Challenges"

Professor Paul Hunt

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Date: Monday, 20 February 2012
Time: 4.10pm - 5pm
Venue: S.1.03, S Block, University of Waikato

This is a free lecture and no reservations are required. Parking is available on campus via Gate 1, and 2hr street parking is available on Knighton and Hillcrest Roads.

Professor Hunt will reflect on his six years as UN Special Rapporteur on the right to the highest attainable standard of health. He will examine a range of issues regarding civil society’s growing attention to the application of human rights to issues of health. What does the right to health mean? Why does it matter? What does the right to health have to say to pharmaceutical companies in relation to access to medicines? What are the methodological challenges when attempting to measure the impact of a human rights-based approach to health? The lecture will suggest the importance of positioning human rights as an asset for health professionals, rather than something they should be wary of.

Professor Paul Hunt, a national of New Zealand and United Kingdom, teaches international human rights law at Essex University. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Waikato University. Between 1990-1992, he served as Associate Director of the African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies in the Gambia. Between 1992-2000, he was Senior Lecturer at Waikato University. In 1998, he was nominated by the Government of New Zealand, and elected by the UN, to serve as an independent expert on the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (1999-2002). Between 2002-2008, he was the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to the highest attainable standard of health. During this period, the UN published some 30 reports of Paul’s on a wide-range of right-to-health issues. He has also published extensively, in the academic literature, on economic, social and cultural rights. Today, Paul teaches at Essex University and advises WHO Assistant Director-General, Dr Flavia Bustreo, on health and human rights. In 2008, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Nordic School of Public Health. View full profile.