Litigating health rights – what happened with the mega-judgments

20 aug 2018 11:15 20 aug 2018 12:30 ENG
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A panel disussion with (tbc*): Alicia Ely Yamin (Georgetown University), Paola Bergallo (University of Torcuato Di Tella) and Sudhir Krishnaswamy (Azim Premji University and Center for Law & Policy Research).

The first decade of the millennium has witnessed a surge in structural cases decided by courts of the Global South regarding health rights and their social determinants. In widely discussed mega decisions adopted in India, Colombia and Argentina courts have experimented with a variety of procedural and remedial tools in environmental health, food or health systems design. A first generation of pioneer socio-legal studies have scrutinized the context of the cases, the weak and strong remedial approaches deployed by courts, and the cases’ early direct and indirect effects.

As the cases enter their second decade of life, time is ripe to reopen the conversation to comparatively assess courts strategies and performance. What are the challenges faced by courts and other actors dealing with protracted implementation processes? How have courts internal organizational capacities and resources evolved? Has the execution of the decision involved other courts or administrative bodies? How have participation, information and transparency mechanisms been shaped? What about communication strategies? How have the impacts of the mega cases evolved? The panel will discuss from a comparative perspective the transformations observed in the courts, governments and civil society after a decade of experimentation.

With (tbc*): Alicia Ely Yamin (Georgetown University), Paola Bergallo (University of Torcuato Di Tella) and Sudhir Krishnaswamy (Azim Premji University and Center for Law & Policy Research).

This event is free and open to the public. For more information: https://www.lawtransform.no/event/litigating-health-rights-what-happened-with-the-mega-judgments/

This event forms part of the Bergen Exchanges on Law and Social Transformation.