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Thana joined the Von Hügel Institute as Research Associate in 2014. She is a Fung Fellow at Princeton University’s Institute for International and Regional Studies (2020-2021), on sabbatical leave from her tenure-track assistant professorship of Ethics, Law, and Global Public Policy at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. She is also a research fellow at the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights, where she directs the Dignity and Equity in Women’s Health Issues initiative. She holds a DPhil in law from the University of Oxford.


Thana De Campos researches and publishes in international human rights, global bioethics, and legal, moral, and political philosophy, with particular interests in Natural Law, Virtue Ethics, global health governance, and the human right to health. At the VHI Thana has been working on a project focused on the definition of ill-health and well being and on end of life, disability and mental illness.

Thana’s  new book project is titled Rule of Love: Love-Based Governance for Global Health. It focuses on how the ethical principle of love can supplement the ethical principle of justice in further justifying the allocation of duties of care to reduce the suffering caused by illnesses that spread across political borders. This project will build on her most recent monograph, titled The Global Health Crisis: Ethical Responsibilities (CUP, 2017) which examined how the ethical principle of justice justifies the allocation of duties to remedy poverty-related diseases, unjustly exacerbated by certain global institutions.  


Key publications: 


  • The Global Health Crisis: Ethical Responsibilities, Cambridge University Press, 2017.
  • Transnational Corporations and Human Rights – Pharmaceutical Companies as the Object of Study (in Portuguese), Forum Press, 2012.

Edited Books                      

  • The Philosophical Foundations of Medical Law, Oxford University Press (co-edited with Andelka Phillips and Jonathan Herring), 2019.

Selected Journal Articles

  • Guiding Principles of Global Health Governance in Times of Pandemics: Solidarity, Subsidiarity, and Stewardship, American Journal of Bioethics, 20(7), 2020, 212-14.

  • The Traditional Definition of Pandemics, Its Moral Conflations, and Its Practical Implications: A Defense of Conceptual Clarity in Global Health Law and Ethics, Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, 29, 2020, 205-17.

  • [with Roojin Habibi, Gian Luca Burci, Steven J. Hoffman et al], Do Not Violate the International Health Regulations During the COVID-19 Outbreak, The Lancet - Published Online: February 13, 2020.

  • MAiD in Canada and the Homo Economicus View of Dignity: Inclusive Enough?, Journal of Disability, Religion, and Health, vol 22, issue 3, 2019, 246-65.

  • [Lidia Ripamonti and Philip McCosker], Navigating Impasses in Bioethics – End of Life, Disability, and Mental Illness: Introduction to Special Issue, Journal of Disability and Religion, vol 22, issue 3, 2018, 1-3.

  • [with Caterina Milo], An Ethical and a Legal Challenge in the Mitochondrial Donations Regulations: The Right to Know and Trace One’s Genetic Origins, Oxford Journal of Law, Policy, and the Family, vol 32, issue 2, 2018, 170-83

  • Zika, Public Health, and the distraction of abortion, Journal of Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy, vol 20, issue 3, 2017, 443-462.
  • The Wellbeing Conception of Health and the Conflation Problem, The New Bioethics, 22( 1), 2016, 71-81.
  • The idea Patents vs. the Idea of University, The New Bioethics, 21( 2), 2015, 164-176.
  • Health as a Basic Health Need – Would this be enough?, The Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics, 40, 2012, 251-267.


Research Associate
Assistant Professor, School of Government, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile
Dr Thana  de Campos

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