Locating Health and Human Rights in Global Affairs

May 7, 2018 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Room 2M70, Manitoba Hall, University of Winnipeg
515 Portage Ave
Winnipeg, MB R3B 2E9

Locating Health and Human Rights in Global Affairs

Health and human rights are located at a complex nexus in international affairs. The ability of people to enjoy optimal health is influenced by diverse structures in this international system including: trade agreements, patent regulations, visa regimes, refugee law, international development assistance, environmental regulations, human rights treaties, and UN initiatives like the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This international and interdisciplinary panel gathers three health and human rights scholars who will tackle the question: How well do institutions and practices of global affairs and governance address the challenge of securing the right to health?


Claire Brolan is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, and works in the Data for Health Initiative team at the School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne. She also holds an Honorary Adjunct Research appointment at the Queensland Centre for Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University of Queensland.

Regiane Garcia is a Brazilian lawyer and PhD candidate in the Faculty of Law at the University of British Columbia. She holds a LLM from the University of Toronto, and a law degree from the University Mackenzie, Brazil.

Lisa Forman is Lupina assistant professor in global health and human rights at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, and director of the Comparative Program on Health and Society at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. Lisa is a South African national, and qualified as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa, with a BA and LLB from the University of the Witwatersrand. Her graduate studies include a Masters in Human Rights Studies from Columbia University and a Doctorate in Juridical Science from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law.

Facilitator: Kristi Heather Kenyon, Assistant Professor in the Human Rights Program at the University of Winnipeg’s Global College.