Following its February 2003 colloquium on the right to health at the BMA and its meeting of international right to health experts in March 2004 at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, DHR plans to hold a round table on the violations approach at Doughty Street Chambers, which is headed by prominent human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson.
This is the approach explored by Audrey Chapman in her seminal paper 'A "Violations Approach" to Monitoring the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights', which was published in Human Rights Quarterly 18 (1) 23. Dr. Audrey R. Chapman directs the Science and Human Rights Program at the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She is frequently consulted by the World Health Organization and UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, where she has played a major role in advising on General Comments, including on the right to health. She will attend the roundtable in February.
It is intended that the Round table will explore international and domestic remedies for violations of the right to health, whether specifically codified in laws or not. Despite their countries' right to health undertakings, far too many people in rich and poor nations don't even reach the starting line where basic public health and health care measures are concerned. It is hoped that the roundtable might lead to further thinking about this problem.