The Challenges of the Global Health Governance System in The Covid-19 Pandemic: Contributions and Alternatives for Strengthening Commitment to Global Health Law
L'OMS est-elle en santé? Bilan et perspectives, Université de Montréal, online
On March 24th, Professor Paula Wojcikiewicz Almeida participated in the Colloquium organised by the University of Montréal, focusing on the theme "L'OMS est-elle en santé? Bilan et perspectives" (Is the WHO in good health? Assessment and perspectives). The event commenced with an opening address by Peter Singer, the Special Advisor to the Director of the WHO, and brought together a range of academics specialising in International Law and Global Health.
Professor Almeida delivered a presentation titled "The Challenges of the Global Health Governance System in The Covid-19 Pandemic: Contributions and Alternatives for Strengthening Commitment to Global Health Law." The colloquium was conducted virtually, enabling the participation of speakers from different countries.
The research presented by Professor Almeida was conducted within the framework of the Jean Monnet Center of Excellence in EU-South American Global Governance, funded by the European Commission. It is also part of an empirical research project carried out in collaboration with the Health Club: Politics, Organizations and Law (H-Pod), a transdisciplinary research laboratory led by Professor Jean-Louis Denis, the Canada Research Chair in health system design and adaptation, and Professor Catherine Régis, the Canada Research Chair in collaborative culture in health law and policy, both from the University of Montréal. The project involves a comparative analysis across eight countries to reassess the initial theoretical model of the WHO's normative effectiveness. Multiple institutions contribute to this collaborative effort, including the University of Montréal (Canada), FGV Direito Rio (Brazil), Universidad de Costa Rica (Costa Rica), Université de Paris (France), Academic College of Law and Science in Hod Hasharon (Israel), University of Otago (New Zealand), Université de Neuchâtel (Switzerland), and the O'Neill Institute (United States). At FGV Direito Rio, the project involves the participation of researchers Lucas Thevenard, Gabriela Porto, Giulia Romay, Mariana Gouvea, Paula Flanzer, and Eduardo Augusto.
The research presented by Professor Almeida was part of the panel titled "Mieux comprendre et amplifier l'impact de l'OMS: perspectives juridiques et professionnelles" (Better understanding and amplifying the impact of the WHO: legal and professional perspectives), moderated by Jean Frédéric Légaré-Tremblay. The panel also featured the participation of Professor Catherine Régis and researcher Gaëlle Foucault, both from the University of Montréal.