Rule of Love: Love-Based Governance for Global Health –
Co-sponsored by the Fung Global Fellows program and the University Center for Human Values
Speaker: Thana de Campos, Fung Global Fellow and assistant professor of law, ethics, and global public policy at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile.
The duty to care for strangers who are dying from diseases in remote countries has been widely debated in the field of global health. Scholars have argued for such duties as a question of justice. However, these scholars have not explored the complementary force of love in supporting universal duties of care that transcend the boundaries of justice and rights. Thana de Campos investigates how love, building on justice, would inform a different allocation of the duty of care to effectively and ethically reduce the suffering caused by illnesses that spread across political borders. Thana de Campos argues that where justice, because of its reliance upon claim-rights, cannot justify the moral duty to care for those suffering from illnesses that are not necessarily unjust, love can add a justification for the ethical duty to care for those with no claim-rights. This project sheds light on the neglected theme of love as a strong practical reason supporting universal duties of health care.