Flaws in the machine: COVID-19 and failings of global trade and investment systems

When global crises like COVID-19 arise, governments need the autonomy to introduce policies that safeguard a range of social determinants of health. Yet, governments could face lawsuits from private companies for emergency measures to the tune of billions of dollars. Dr Ashley Schram , Deputy Director of the Menzies Centre for Health Governance at the School of Regulation and Global Governance, discusses how our current international trade and investment systems open governments up to these lawsuits and why this is a time to rethink our global governance infrastructure.

This is the third video in series ‘Systems of inequity – what hope for health post Covid-19?’. Watch the others here:

Video 1: Governing for health equity with Professor Sharon Friel

Video 2: Politics, policy and people - shifting the policy agenda with Dr Belinda Townsend

Video 4: Embracing complexity - thinking and working in systems with Dr Melanie Pescud

Video 5: Framing the impacts of COVID-19: Securing food regulatory policies for the prevention of non-communicable diseases with Dr Yandisa Ngqangashe

Music:"Signal to Noise" by Scott Buckley, www.scottbuckley.com.au, CC BY 4.0

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