THE DIRECTOR’S SEMINAR SERIES: A reparatory account of health inequalities

THE DIRECTOR’S SEMINAR SERIES: A reparatory account of health inequalities
26 Jan 2022, 09:00 to 26 Jan 2022, 10:30
Online (via Zoom)


The question of reparations has a long and contentious history. Reparations were part of the Slavery Abolition Act 1833, with payments made to slave owners for their economic loss. These payments compounded and entrenched wealth and power in many institutional and family names familiar today. Conversely, the issue of reparations to families, communities, and populations who lived through or continue to experience the deprivations and racism entrenched by chattel slavery have been fiercely contested. In response to the continuing failure to meet reparation claims at a national level, this talk brings together reparatory justice and health justice. It is argued that the health inequalities experienced by Black and Minority Ethnic communities in the UK have their origins – in part – in slavery and the enduring inequalities that this and other related historic injustices have caused. Social Determinants of Health research has long linked socio-economic disadvantages to poor health outcomes, and addressing these determinants can form one element of a broader reparatory programme. This response to the need to repair past wrongs acknowledges the moral case for both reparation and health equity, while meeting equality and health obligations in domestic and international law. 

Speaker: Professor Michael Thomson, Faculty of Law, University of Technology Sydney 

Chair: Professor Carl Stychin, Director of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS) and professor of law

This Webinar is free but advance booking is requiredDetails about how to join the virtual event will be circulated via email to registered attendees the day before the event. 



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