Antimicrobial Resistance and the Human Right to Health: A Knowledge Exchange Dialogue

Wednesday, June 29, 2022 – 2:30-4:30pm (BST) / 9:30am-11:30am (EDT)

The problem of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is one of the greatest global health challenges we face – spanning across multiple sectors, jurisdictions, and disciplines. What makes AMR so complex is that it triggers four large, interrelated problems (i.e., access, stewardship, innovation, and prevention), with action in one problem area interdependently causing the problem to shift in another problem area.

AMR is a key human rights issue. For those involved in AMR governance, a human rights-based approach can support and enhance the design and implementation of AMR interventions in being effective and fair. For human rights scholars working on the right to health, AMR poses a pressing challenge for how we should understand the operation of the various obligations under the right to health.

The half-day international workshop will collaboratively explore what a human rights-based approach to AMR might look like and how right to health entitlements around preventing infections and increasing access, stewardship, and innovation of antimicrobials might shape AMR governance. Bringing together scholars, practitioners, and policy-makers, the aim of the workshop is to foster a knowledge exchange dialogue that can help each stakeholder identify issues of relevance and further opportunities for work and collaboration around the governance of AMR.


Wednesday, June 29, 2022 – 2:30-4:30pm (BST)/9:30am-11:30am (EDT)


Virtual – Zoom Registration (click to register)


2:30-2:35pm   Welcome

2.35-3.10pm    Session 1: Incorporating Human Rights Principles in AMR Governance

3:10-3:25pm   Break

3.25-4.15pm    Session 2: The Right to Health: Access, Stewardship, Innovation, and Prevention

4:15-4:30pm   Session 3: Wrap-up & Future Opportunities


Background Reading

1. Claire Lougarre and A.M. Viens, ‘The Role of the Right to Health in a “Hidden” Pandemic: Antimicrobial Resistance,’ (2021), EJIL:Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law 

2. Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the World Health Organization, The Right to Health, Fact Sheet 31 (2008)

3. Lawrence O. Gostin, et al., ‘The Legal Determinants of Health: Harnessing the Power of Law for Global Health and Sustainable Development,’ Lancet 393(2019): 1857–910

If you have any questions, please get in touch with Dr. Claire Lougarre ( or Dr. A.M. Viens (

This event is sponsored by a grant from the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) from UK Research and Innovation, obtained via the University of Southampton. HEIF supports knowledge exchange between higher education providers and the wider world that benefits society and the economy. We thank them for their generous support.


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