Room 108N, 1 Devonshire Place, Munk School of Global Affairs
  • January 25, 2017 from 10:00am to 12:00pm

Speaker: Katrina Perehudoff, Visiting Health and Human Rights Fellow
Discussant: Professor Trudo Lemmens

Access to essential medicines is part of the right to health and a cornerstone of an equitable health system. The right to health obliges governments to guarantee certain minimum ‘core obligations’ including the provision of essential medicines to all without discrimination.

In this seminar I will draw on public health and human rights principles to explore the meaning of the ‘minimum core’ essential medicines under international law. Using empirical evidence from the domestic legal terrain in developing countries, I will examine: Is the basic package of essential medicines an open-ended concept or a fixed list? Should the core be subject to a country’s resource limitations? What is the role of WHO’s Model List of Essential Medicines in defining the ‘minimum core’? Greater clarity about States’ minimum core obligations can enhance the protection, promotion, and enforcement of the right to health and universal access to medicines.

Katrina Perehudoff M.Sc. LL.M. is a PhD candidate at the University of Groningen and Research Fellow at the Global Health Law Groningen Research Centre where she studies domestic legal approaches for universal access to medicines under the supervision of Prof. Hans Hogerzeil and Prof. Brigit Toebes. Katrina has 5 years of experience advocating for access to medicines and their rational use at the NGOs Health Action International and The European Consumer Organisation. In 2017 she is a Visiting Health & Human Rights Fellow in the CPHS.

Trudo Lemmens is Professor and Scholl Chair in Health Law and Policy at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. He holds cross appointments in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, the Faculty of Medicine, and the Joint Centre for Bioethics. His research sits at the interface of law, ethics, and professional governance. Currently, his research focuses on the complex interaction between law, other governance tools, and ethical norms and values in the context of health care, biomedical research, health product development, and knowledge production. Professor Lemmens holds a Licentiate of Laws (LL.Lic.) from the KU Leuven (Belgium) and both a Master of Laws (LLM, specialization bioethics) and Doctorate of Civil Law (DCL) from McGill University.