Public Health Policy and the Ethics of the Long Game

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Public Health Policy and the Ethics of the Long Game

Diarise Thursday 15th March 2018  to hear Professor John Coggon speak at 18h00 at the next DEMLA meeting at Foot Anstey, Southernhay Gardens, Exeter.

Professor John Coggon is Chair in Law at the University of Bristol and Director of the Centre for Health, Law and Society.

Professor Coggon’s research focuses on the relationships between politics, morality, and health law and policy. His central research focus on public health ethics and law began in 2007 with a British Academy funded postdoctoral fellowship “Making Laws on Public Health: Regulation of Responsibilities and Freedoms”. He is an internationally acknowledged leader in the field, having produced seminal research and being involved in international research collaborations.

Probably his most influential work is the book ‘What Makes Health Public? A Critical Evaluation of Moral, Legal, and Political Claims in Public Health’ (Cambridge University Press, 2012). The book has received praise from Professor Lawrence O. Gostin, who wrote in its foreword that it will be “a classic in the field of public health ethics – an essential reference point for scholars, students, and policy-makers.” The book has also been commended by the British Medical Association , and in reviews published in the Medical Law Review and Public Health . Beyond this, Dr Coggon has published co-edited collections concerning global and public health, and is author on a range of chapters and papers examining big theoretical questions in public health ethics and law, as well as examining particular practical questions, such as the regulation of tobacco, ‘lifestyle diseases’, and matters of health care policy.

Professor Coggon has presented his work at many meetings nationally and globally. He has given lectures on public health ethics and law to students at Georgetown University, the University of Oxford, and the Erasmus Summer School on Health Law and Ethics, and delivered a public lecture on the subject at McGill University. In February 2018, Professor John Coggon was one of five speakers in an event hosted by the Health Foundation. Framed as ‘The X Factor for Evidence for the Public’s Health’, each speaker had the opportunity to make a pitch about how evidence—systems of knowledge—from their respective discipline might serve policy agendas to protect and promote the public’s health. The proceedings were chaired by Health Foundation governor and BBC Education Editor, Branwen Jeffreys, chaired the proceedings, with speakers making their pitches to a panel comprising Merle Davies, Director of the Centre for Early Child Development, Richard Horton, Editor of The Lancet, Ilona Kickbusch, Director of the Global Health Centre, and Ed Whiting, Director of Policy and Chief of Staff at the Wellcome Trust.

Event is accredited for Medical and Legal CPD.

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Buffet from 17h30. Free to DEMLA members


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