The jurisprudence of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights has been profoundly influential in the region since its inception in 1979. Since 2017, the Court has built up case law on the right to health, addressing an array of issues including: access to emergency care, HIV treatment, and health services for prison inmates; informed consent in physical and mental health care; and State duties to regulate private health providers and insurance companies.
This event will be a moderated panel discussion among scholars who have been directly involved as experts in one or more of these cases. Panelists will discuss this emerging jurisprudence and situate it in the trajectory of the Court’s evolving treatment of economic and social rights in a region of gaping socio-economic inequalities. The session will consider the merits and challenges of this body of case law and compare it with trends in other international courts and forums.