Is capitalism good for our health?
Date: 2:30 pm | Sunday 9 October 2011
Venue: Jervois Room
We live at a time when the earth is increasingly controlled by supranational corporations – particularly through lobbying, mass media, the use of trade and investment agreements and involvement in strategic and military operations. The directors of such corporations feel they have a right to control public policy in important areas related to our health such as climate change, hospital, pharmaceuticals and tobacco use. These corporations are treated as persons by the law (in some countries, for example, they can sue for defamation). This talk explores some legal mechanisms by which such corporations can be shaped into more mature global citizens.