Special Issue "The Intersection of Human Rights Law and Health Law"
A special issue of Laws (ISSN 2075-471X).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 January 2016).
Interests: human rights law; health law; gender; reproductive health
In many places, in practice, health law has become dominated by personal injury litigation. The effect of this has been that potential legal issues in healthcare related to human rights have become invisible. The widespread development of patient codes of rights could be seen as a step forward. Alternatively, it could signal that healthcare practitioners do not always practice in a patient-centred, caring and rights-respecting manner.
By viewing (and regulating) healthcare through the lense of human rights, it can be argued that healthcare becomes more focused on the individual and that cultures of paternalistic decision-making can be challenged. On the other hand, it is also arguable that a rights perspective replaces one litigious approach with another, and that healthcare is better viewed through the lense of an ethics of care, or relationships of mutual trust and respect. These approaches may also challenge the consumer-provider model that is typical in many healthcare contexts as undermining therapeutic relationships.
This Special Issue focuses on the relationship between health law and human rights law. What are the advantages and disadvantages of a human rights law approach to healthcare regulation? How do human rights affect the parametres of the duty of care? What areas of healthcare exhibit human rights issues? How does the right to health play out in a practical context?
Submissions of both a theoretical nature and an applied nature, including interdisciplinary work with healthcare providers, are both encouraged.
Dr. Rhonda Powell
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- Human rights
- Health law
- Medical ethics
- Patient rights
- Personal injury litigation
- Consent to treatment
- Informed consent
- Duty of care
- Ethics of care