The Catholic University of America


Professor George Smith Addresses Right to
Health Care at the University of Sydney


Catholic University law professor George Smith delivered a lecture, “Bioethics and Human Rights: Toward a New Constitutionalism,” before an audience of legal scholars and others at the Sydney Law School, University of Sydney, Australia, on Aug. 19th.
His hour-long talk examined the ongoing battle for universal recognition and enforcement of human rights, including the right to health, health care and health protection. Smith’s lecture was grounded in part on the work of the United Nations through its Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights.  He argued that a global framework, or spirit of constitutionalism, is developing to support an international consensus that backs the right to health protection.
An expert panel was invited to comment after the address. Panel members consisted of
Professor Belinda Bennett, Centre for Health Governance, Law and Ethics, Sydney Law School;
Professor Rosalind Croucher, President of the Australian Law Reform Commission;
Professor Peter Gerangelos, Sydney Law School; and Emeritus Professor Miles Little, Centre for Values Ethics and the Law in Medicine, University of Sydney.
Professor Smith is the founding faculty editor of The Journal of Contemporary Health Law and Policy. He has held more than 85 research appointments with different institutions and is also the author of 13 books and more than 157 law review articles, monographs, book chapters and essays.