Health Sciences Building, 155 College Street, Room 108
  • October 5, 2016 from 4:10pm to 5:30pm

Speaker: Solomon R. Benatar, MBChB, DSc (Med) Emeritus Professor of Medicine, University of Cape Town, Adjunct Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

While the definition and goals of work on global health remain controversial, there is growing agreement that the moral starting point is the reality of unjust inequalities in distribution of the underlying conditions necessary for human health and wellbeing. Multi-jurisdictional and multi-cultural global health partnerships call into question the adequacy of the prevailing bioethical paradigm guiding the conduct of global health (research) ethics and practice. A synoptic background to previous ethical challenges and conflicts confronted by decision-makers in these fields, will be followed by an outline of a proposed inter-philosophies dialogue as an innovative methodology to bridge the gap between polarized systems of ideas and values. This could hopefully contribute to increasing our capacity for solidarity and shared decision-making within a new paradigm for global health (research) ethics.