Inaugural Conference on Global Health, Gender and Human Rights, March 21-22

Event to Promote Dialogue across Health Advocacy Communities


Washington, D.C., March 8, 2012 – The “Inaugural Conference on Global Health, Gender and Human Rights,” an event that will express the importance of using international human rights instruments and standards to promote public health actions, will be hosted by American University Washington College of Law, March 21-22.


The event is presented by the law school’s Program on Law and Government, Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), and the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Guatemala.

“We look forward to hosting this event, organized by our Program on Law and Government and our partners, PAHO/WHO, and the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Guatemala, to encourage important dialogue across advocacy communities concerned with various aspects of the right to health,” said Claudio Grossman, dean, American University Washington College of Law. “We are especially pleased that our students are involved in the conference as authors of background papers, and as participants in both working groups and plenary discussions.”

Conference participants will attend plenary sessions and a working group session in their area of interest. American University Washington College of Law students, staff, and faculty, and experts from PAHO have collaborated to draft background papers in six topic areas: disabilities; women and adolescents health; gender identity; older persons; access to medicines; tobacco control. Each paper will serve as the basis for presentations by plenary speakers and the discussions of working groups. A seventh paper on “The Right to Receive and Impart Information on Health” will discuss how the right to receive and convey information relates to the global health challenges addressed by the six background papers.   

Using the background papers, each working group will discuss emerging trends, challenges, and strategies in the use of human rights law to protect and promote the right to health internationally and domestically. At the end of the conference, working groups will collaborate to memorialize their discussions, which will be summarized in a dedicated volume of the American University Washington College of Law Health Law & Policy Brief.

The Conference is presented in cooperation with AU Center on Health, Risk and Society; AU Center for Latin American and Latino Studies; American University Washington College of Law’s Health Law and Policy Brief, Health Law and Justice Initiative, Women and the Law Program, Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, and Health Law and Justice Program.

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Media interested in attending the event should contact Megan Smith, (202) 274-4276.


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