5 February 2019

Human Rights Research Prize for Utrecht PhD Dissertation on Solidarity and Healthcare Commercialization

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Eduardo Arenas Catalán, who obtained his PhD at Utrecht University last year, has been awarded the Theo van Boven - Maastricht Human Rights Research Prize 2018 for his dissertation ‘Solidarity and the Right to Health in the Era of Healthcare Commercialization’. The jury at Maastricht University says "The book discusses an important matter from the perspective of social rights and takes an innovative approach."

The prize is intended for an excellent young researcher in the field of human rights laws, international criminal law or international humanitarian law. It consists of 3.000 Euro and a seminar on a subject chosen by the laureate, organised together with the International Law Department and the Maastricht Centre for Human Rights of Maastricht Law faculty.

Eduardo Arenas Catalan
Dr. Eduardo Arenas Catalán

Dr. Eduardo Arenas Catalán graduated cum laude from the Legal Research Master’s at Utrecht University in 2011. After that, he became a teacher in both Chile, where he grew up, and the Netherlands. He has taught international human rights law at the Utrecht University School of Law and at University College Utrecht. He obtained his PhD at Utrecht University in February 2018. His PhD supervisors were prof. Remco Nehmelman (Utrecht University) and prof. Leonard Besselink (University of Amsterdam).

Transforming health care into a non-market area
Dissertation of Dr. Eduardo Arenas Catalán

In his dissertation, Arenas Catalán takes a cross-disciplinary approach to international human rights law, that combines public health, legal, political and social theory, this thesis analyses the right of access to healthcare and the ways in which commercialization has limited this human right. The thesis concludes that under solidarity, the positive obligations of the right to health protect access to healthcare not as an individual right, but as a public good. Protecting the right to health means to transform the provision of healthcare into a non-market area. 

Dr. Arenas Catalán now works at Leiden University, where he is a lecturer and researcher in international human rights and legal theory. He still returns to Utrecht sometimes, for instance he was a speaker on the event "If the Price is Right? Big Pharma vs. the Right to Health”, in December, organised by the Centre for Global Challenges at Utrecht University.

He will receive the Theo van Boven - Maastricht Human Rights Research Prize 2018 on 8 February at Maastricht University at 16.00. It is still possible to attend. Please register.