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Book launching: The Human Right to Health
On the 30th of June 2021, the Law Faculty of the Open University will host the book launching of: The Human Right to Health: Solidarity in the Era of Healthcare Commercialization, a book written by Dr. Eduardo Arenas Catalán, Assistant Professor of Public International Law at the Open University. The book launching will be held via MS Teams and will start at 16.00 hours (CET). Access is open to everyone prior to registration. The event will be held in English. Questions can be asked using the chat function.


This timely book offers a fresh perspective on how to effectively address the issue of unequal access to healthcare. The book analyses the human right to health from the underexplored legal principle of solidarity, proposing a new understanding of the positive obligations inherent in the human right to health.

Combining human rights law, public health and social theory, Eduardo Arenas Catalán demonstrates that when interpreted in line with the principle of solidarity, the right to health should be viewed as a non-commercial right. Arenas Catalán argues that the right to health’s functions are to challenge the commodification of healthcare and to advance free-of-charge public healthcare services. Moreover, through a critical analysis of classical jurisprudence concerning the right to health, the book delivers a searing indictment of the effects of neoliberal capitalism and commercialization on human rights.

This thought-provoking book will be of interest to scholars and students of law, in particular international human rights law, public international law and legal theory, as well as social and public health researchers and students. Policy makers and legal practitioners will also find its original analysis of solidarity in the context of human rights and the law useful.


Everyone is invited to this free book launching. The event will start on Wednesday the 30th of June at 16.00 hours, CET (10.00 hours in Santiago de Chile and New York; 16.00 hours in Johannesburg, and 19.30 in New Delhi). During the session, questions can be asked through the chat function. You can register to the event by filling in the registration form. On the same day of the event you will receive a link that will grant you access. Registration is possible until the 29th of June. The book will be available open access for download at the website of Edward Elgar Publishers from the 22nd of June.

Book cover Eduardo Arenas Catalán: The Human Right to Health

About the speakers

This book launching will be chaired and moderated by dr. Ingrid Leijten, Associate Professor at Leiden University.

Portrait photo Ingrid Leijten
dr. Ingrid Leijten

The book will be introduced by his author, dr. Eduardo Arenas Catalán, who is Assistant Professor at the Open University.

Portrait photo Eduardo Arenas Catalán
dr. Eduardo Arenas Catalán

The book will be briefly commented by both prof. Leonard Besselink, Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Amsterdam and by prof. Javier Couso, Professor of Constitutional Law both at Diego Portales University and at Utrecht University.

Portrait photo Leonard Besselink
prof. Leonard Besselink

Portrait photo Javier Couso
prof. Javier Couso