Book Talk: Global Health Justice and Governance image

March 11, 2019 12:00 PM
Lectures and Panels
Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East B (2036)
1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA


In a world beset by serious and unconscionable health disparities, by dangerous contagions that can circle our globalized planet in hours, and by a bewildering confusion of health actors and systems, humankind needs a new vision, a new architecture, new coordination among renewed systems to ensure central health capabilities for all. Dr. Jennifer Prah Ruger's book Global Health Justice and Governance (Oxford University Press, 2018) lays out the critical problems facing the world today and offers a new theory of justice and governance as a way to resolve these seemingly intractable issues. 

In this discussion with the author, expert panelists addressed the fundamental responsibility of society to ensure human flourishing; the central role that health plays in flourishing and how that places a unique claim on our public institutions and resources to ensure central health capabilities to reduce premature death and avoid preventable morbidities; and the new global health architecture that is desperately needed in order to address staggering inequalities, imperiling epidemics, and inadequate systems.

This event was free and open to the public.


  • Jennifer Prah Ruger, Amartya Sen Professor of Health Equity, Economics, and Policy, School of Social Policy & Practice and the Perelman School of Medicine; Faculty Chair, Center for High Impact Philanthropy (CHIP); and founder and director, Health Equity and Policy Lab (HEPL), University of Pennsylvania

  • Michael SteinVisiting Professor of Law, Harvard Law School and Co-founder and Executive Director, Harvard Law School Project on Disability

  • Alicia Ely Yamin, Senior Fellow, Global Health and Rights Project, Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics, Harvard Law School; Senior Scholar in Residence, Global Health Education and Learning Incubator (GHELI), Harvard University; Adjunct Lecturer on Global Health and Population, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health; and Affiliate, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School

  • Moderator: Carmel ShacharExecutive Director, Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics and Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School

About the Author

Jennifer Prah Ruger is the Amartya Sen Professor of Health Equity, Economics, and Policy in the School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) and the Perelman School of Medicine and served as the inaugural Associate Dean for Global Studies and Faculty Chair at the Center for High Impact Philanthropy (CHIP) at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Prah Ruger is the founder and director of the Health Equity and Policy Lab (HEPL) that conducts quantitative and qualitative research on the equity implications of health and social policies.

Dr. Prah Ruger has authored over 100 publications and is internationally recognized for her leadership and work, which has been cited by the United Nations, World Bank, World Health Organization and United States Government.  She has been Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator on awards from the National Institutes of Health, Fogarty International Center, Hewlett Foundation, Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to complete her forthcoming book, Global Health Justice and Governance (OUP, in press), which advances a theory of global health justice and governance called provincial globalism.  She received a Greenwall Faculty Scholar Award in Bioethics and a Donaghue Investigator Award in ethics and economics of health disparities.

Learn more about her work on her website!

Part of the Global Health and Rights Project (GHRP), a collaboration between the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School and the Global Health Education and Learning Incubator (GHELI) at Harvard University. Cosponsored by the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School.


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