Introduction

Health and law after the pandemic: Socio-legal observations

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DOI:

https://doi.org/10.35295/osls.iisl.2015

Keywords:

Right to health, COVID-19 pandemic, health claims

Abstract

Today claims relating to health are so common that distinguishing between rights and interests is harder and harder: definitions of health as the one provided by the World Health Organization legitimise the expectation of a continuous improvement in standards of care, access to treatment and measures of prevention. Moreover, with COVID-19 pandemic, health seems to gain the status of a supreme and unquestionable value. Here the hypotheses of a “Healthization of Law” is presented: it indicates both a kind of supremacy of Law on other spheres of society when health (public or individual) is at stake, and also the fact the Law is strongly conditioned by the emergence of health as the highest value to which all spheres of society must orient themselves. Then analysing the relationship between the structural conditions of world society and the semantics of health it is urgent than ever, in order to understand which kind of expectations and claims pandemic legitimised, and how the semantics of health (and wellbeing) describes social structure and its changes.

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Author Biographies

Germano Schwartz, La Salle University (Canoas)

CEO University of Caxias do Sul Foundation. Professor at PHD in Sociology of Law at La Salle University (Canoas). CNPq Researcher (Level 2). Email: germano.schwartz@me.com

Matteo Finco, La Sapienza University

Matteo Finco (PhD in Social Sciences) is Postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Social Sciences and Economics of “La Sapienza” University (Rome). E-mail: matteo.finco@uniroma1.it

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Schwartz, G., and Da Costa, R.A., 2024. Functional differentiation of law in pandemic times: When health becomes law. Oñati Socio-legal Series [online], 14(3-this issue). Available at: https://doi.org/10.35295/osls.iisl.1766 DOI: https://doi.org/10.35295/osls.iisl.1766

Published

03-06-2024

How to Cite

Schwartz, G. and Finco, M. (2024) “Introduction: Health and law after the pandemic: Socio-legal observations”, Oñati Socio-Legal Series, 14(3), pp. 640–647. doi: 10.35295/osls.iisl.2015.