International Scholar John Coggon visits the Centre for Health Law and Society (CHLS) at La Trobe Law School

Where and How Does Global Health Fit into Public Health Ethics and Law? John Coggon, who is a Professor of Law at the University of Bristol will present his research on this topic at a Centre for Health Law and Society Research Seminar at La Trobe Law School this August.


Public health as a field of study and practice draws from the broadest range of expertise, spans across sectors, and engages and impacts a huge variety of actors and agencies. Classically, public health activity entails social coordination. This implies a need for law and governance, and thus a central role for governmental agencies and regulators. As such, as studies in public health ethics and law have developed, ethico-legal concerns have come to be seen as a part of public health itself, rather than wholly separable areas of critical analysis. Similarly, globalisation and global phenomena been incorporated within understandings of public health: it is widely argued that national public health cannot be considered in a vacuum. The expansive and transnational nature of public health raises various questions about how ‘public’ national global health can be, with attendant ethico-legal questions about matters such as legitimate authority, accountability, and effective governance. Looking at public health through both local and global lenses, this paper examines how ethico-legal analysis invites us to conceive and address problems and opportunities for policy and practice.


John Coggon is Professor of Law at the University of Bristol and an Honorary Member of the UK’s Faculty of Public Health. His primary research and teaching interests are in Public Health Ethics and Law, on which his leading publication is the book What Makes Health Public? (Cambridge University Press, 2012). Prior to working in Bristol, Dr Coggon was Professor of Law and the Philosophy of Public Health at the University of Southampton. His works examine conceptual and normative questions regarding public and global health broadly conceived, as well as narrower matters within the context of health care law.


Date: Monday 1 August 2016

Time: 12.45 – 2pm. A light lunch will be provided.

Venue: La Trobe Law School Moot Court, Social Sciences Building (Room 232), Melbourne Campus, La Trobe University

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