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The 2017 WYNG-Hatton Lecture - The Power of Law as a Tool for Health and Justice
posted by Centre for Medical Ethics and Law for HKU and Public
Event Type: Public Lecture/Forum/Seminar/Workshop/Conference/Symposium
Event Nature: Law and Politics

Event Details

About the lecture :

Law is a neglected but powerful tool to regulate hazardous products, strengthen health systems, encourage healthier and safer behaviors, and ensure equitable, participatory, and accountable governance. In short, law is good for health and for justice. Law builds public health infrastructure. It establishes a mission for public health agencies, defining their functions, granting them flexible powers, while safeguarding rights and freedoms. It advances the right to health by creating the conditions in which people can be healthy. Most importantly, law can safeguard vulnerable and marginalized populations, reducing gapping socioeconomic disparities in health and longevity.
In the 2017 WYNG-Hatton Lecture, Professor Gostin demonstrates the value of law in preventing major health hazards, including fast-moving infectious diseases, debilitating injuries, and the growing burden of noncommunicable diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and respiratory disease.

Speaker :

Professor Lawrence O. Gostin
University Professor (Georgetown’s highest academic rank), Founding O’Neill Chair in Global Health Law; and Director, World Health Organization Collaborating Center on National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, USA

Book Signing:

Professor Gostin will conduct a book signing at the Lecture for his landmark work Global Health Law (Harvard University Press, 2014). Chinese version 全球衛生法 is also available for sale.

Date/Time08/11/2017 17:00-18:30
VenueLarge Moot Court, 2/F, Cheng Yu Tung, Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong

Registration Instruction

Registration is open from 12/09/2017 14:00(HKT) to 08/11/2017 23:59(HKT) on a first-come-first-served basis.

* Registration is now closed.

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