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How should one respond to gross injustice with no apparent cause? Abundant examples exist of injustice in the arena of global health as anyone can attest who has traveled or watched the news. Sometimes a clear culprit exists, but often we become lost in a maze of associations and cannot satisfactorily pinpoint liability—something is amiss and yet no one seems exceptionally blameworthy. Political theorist Iris Marion Young described a social connection theory of justice that holds to account all who dwell within unjust systems. We will contextualize her theory with examples of global health inequity from Africa and discuss the meaning of individual responsibility for injustice outside the traditional liability model in this setting.


Noah Rosenberg is emergency physician from the United States who works with underserved patient groups around the world, including crisis response to the Ebola epidemic in 2014 and long-term capacity development in Rwanda. He is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University and a former fellow at the Harvard Center for Bioethics. His research interests include structural injustice in global health.

Forthcoming events

WEH/Ethox Seminar: Translational ethics: working with clinicians to improve ethical decision-making

Wednesday, 08 July 2020, 2.30pm to 4pm

This seminar will be held by Bluejeans videoconferencing, please email for the meeting link.

Richard Doll Seminar -COVID-19: where to next?

Tuesday, 14 July 2020, 1pm to 2pm

WEH/Ethox Seminar: Consent and confidentiality in family medicine: reflections on the “ABC” case

Wednesday, 15 July 2020, 2.30pm to 4pm

This seminar will be held by Bluejeans videoconferencing, please email to register. A link to the meeting will then be sent to you on the day of the seminar.