Series focuses on Ebola crisis

In response to the growing global problem of Ebola the University’s Global Academies are running a series of free public events looking at the crisis.

The Global Justice Academy, Global Health Academy and Global Development Academy will bring together international experts to examine the response to the disease’s outbreak.


Three impoverished countries - Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone - all with weak health infrastructure are bearing the brunt of what is becoming the most significant public health emergency experienced in Africa this century.

Ivory Coast sits on the front line waiting for cases to cross its borders. With cases arising in the US and Europe, Africa’s Ebola problem is rapidly becoming one shared by the world.

The emergence of Ebola in West Africa, and potentially elsewhere, highlights the need for immediate, thoughtful engagement. Our hope is that the Ebola Series will help us develop interdisciplinary conversations within the University and with our partners to ensure that we can make a tangible contribution to debate, research, and hopefully ultimately disease control.

Professor James SmithVice Principal International

International Expert

The first joint event in the Global Academies’ series features a panel discussion and a keynote address on the Ebola crisis from one of the world’s leading global health law experts.

Professor Larry Gostin from Georgetown Law is director of the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law and is the Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center on Public Health Law & Human Rights.

He has advised and commented on the global response to the current Ebola crisis.

Imagining Global Health with Justice: Ebola and impoverished people and health systems

KEYNOTE Lawrence O Gostin, O’Neill Professor of Global Health Law, Georgetown Law, and Professor of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University.CHAIR: Professor Graeme Laurie, Professor of Medical Jurisprudence, School of Law.PANELLISTS: Dr Liz Grant, Director Global Health Academy; Dr Shawn Harmon, Lecturer in Regulation and Risk, School of Law.

Monday 27 October 2014, 4.00pm

Monday 27 October 2014, 6.00pm

Playfair Library, Old College, South Bridge, Edinburgh EH8 9YL

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The event is organised by the Global Justice Academy and Global Health Academy in association with the Mason Institute and with generous support from Harvard University Press.

A wine reception and signing of Professor Gostin's book, Global Health Law, will follow.

The Ebola crises is a profound indictment of the global community's knowledge of systems, understanding of health pathways, and its compassion. The crises has no single solution. A renewed marriage of public and primary health care investment is essential, alongside an honouring of the many local health workers who have given so much to care for their communities. We need to learn from what has happened, we need to moveforward together with support for the most affected areas.

Dr Liz GrantDirector, Global Health Academy

Ebola’s global fallout

The Global Development Academy will also host a rapid response roundtable on Ebola.

Organised around the intersecting themes of biology, economy and culture, the panel features a virologist, an economist, and two social anthropologists who will discuss their perspectives on current events and discuss Ebola's global fallout.

Ebola in Focus: Rapid response roundtable

The panel will include: BIOLOGY Dr Benjamin Neuman, Virologist, University of Reading.ECONOMY Prof Rachel Glennerster, Director, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.CULTURE Dr Almudena Mari-Saez & Dr Hannah Brown, Social Anthropologists, Charité, Berlin, and the University of Durham.

Monday 10 November 2014, 4.00pm

Monday 10 November 2014, 6.00pm

McEwan Hall, Teviot Place, Edinburgh

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The Ebola crises has shown the ways in which country crises become global crises. It has revealed legal, development, and health gaps at both country and global level, and the ways in which they interconnect to frustrate global responses to global challenges. I am delighted that the Global Academies are together responding to this crises through a series of expert events which aim to address the underlying challenges. This crises continues to reinforce the need for Universities to move beyond disciplinary boxes if they are to adequately support how we address global challenges.

Professor Christine BellDirector, Global Justice Academy

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