The Charm City Colloquium on Law and Bioethics (CCCLB) is intended to provide scholars with an opportunity for informal dialogue in a roundtable format on current topics at the intersection of health policy, law, and ethics. Our hope is that the CCCLB will foster good conversations, strong articles, and a vibrant community of interdisciplinary scholars. Our discussion this year will focus on the complementary contributions of legal and bioethical research to envisioning the future of justice, equity, and health. We are committed to including a diversity of perspectives and disciplines. Contributions focus on a range of topics across public health, clinical practice, science (biomedical and behavioral research, as well as governance of new technologies), the health care system, and also include more conceptual or jurisprudential submissions related to the future of justice, equity, and health.
Our topic this year is inspired by—but not limited to— the extraordinary events of our times, including the COVID-19 pandemic, the Black Lives Matter protests against police violence and racial injustice, and the recent uptick in anti-Asian discrimination and hate crimes. Participants have been invited to explore topical subjects such as the impact of police violence and systematic racism on health and wellbeing; the disparate impact of COVID-19 on black, Latinx, Indigenous, and other marginalized members of our society; policies needed to address the impact of COVID-19 on particular health care and other social systems; vaccine and scarce medical resource distribution policies; and our preparedness (or lack thereof) for the “next” pandemic. We also encouraged contributions that explore a different aspect of the future of justice, equity, and health more generally, such as the impact of climate change on health and health equity; the role of new technologies, such as AI, in the production of just health care; health care access for marginalized populations, including people who are transgender; and the future of global health and health governance organizations, such as the WHO.