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Dr Thana de Campos

Dr Thana de Campos

Research Associate

Assistant Professor of Government, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile

Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Ottawa


Thana joined the Von Hügel Institute as Research Associate in 2014. She is currently Assistant Professor of Government at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, and Adjunct Professor of Law at University of Ottawa in Canada. She is also a research associate at the Las Casas Institute (University of Oxford/UK), and the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights (Rome). She holds a doctorate in law (jurisprudence) from the University of Oxford, and a master in international law from the University of Sao Paulo/Brazil.

Thana has complemented her scholarship with a commitment to public service. She is the co-founder of Academics Stand Against Poverty (ASAP) in Brazil, together with the Brazilian Ministry of Public Affairs. Her motivation in founding ASAP was to equip policy and lawmakers with the philosophical tools necessary to discern what is reasonable and unreasonable in certain laws, particularly health laws.

Research Interests

Thana De Campos researches and publishes in global bioethics, international human rights, legal theory, and moral philosophy, with particular interests in Natural Law, Virtue Ethics, global health law, 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.

Key Publications


  • The Global Health Crisis: Ethical Responsibilities, Cambridge, Law and Bioethics Book Series - Cambridge University Press, 2017.
  • Co-editor (with Jonathan Herring, and Andelka Phillips), The Philosophical Foundations of Medical Law, Oxford, The Philosophical Foundations of Law Series - Oxford University Press, 2018. [forthcoming]
  • Transnational Corporations and Human Rights – Pharmaceutical Companies as the Object of Study (in Portuguese), Forum Human Rights Collection - Ed. Forum, 2012.


  • An ethical and a legal challenge in the mitochondrial donations regulations: the right to know and trace one’s genetic origins, Journal of Law, Policy, and the Family, 2018 (forthcoming) (with Caterina Milo)
  • Zika, Public Health, and the distraction of abortion, Journal of Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy, 2016.
  • 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.
  •  'MDG-2 in Brazil: misguided educational policies', in Pogge, Kohler, Cimadamor (eds) Poverty & the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs): A critical look forward, ZED Books, London (CROP International Studies on Poverty Series), 2015, pp. 157-179 (with Clarice Duarte and Ines Virginia P Soares)
  • Health as a Basic Health Need – Would this be enough?, The Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics, 40, Summer 2012, 251-267.
  • ROSINA, Monica S. G., WANG, Daniel W., CAMPOS, Thana C. de, Access to Medicines: Pharmaceutical Patents and the Right to Health, In SHAVER, Lea (ed), Access to Knowledge in Brazil, Information Society Project, New Haven, CT, Yale Law School, 2010, pp. 165-230.
  • Neglected Diseases, Access to Medicines, and Access to Knowledge, guest post in Critical Twenties – Coming of Age in India, 12 October 2010. Available at:
  • SPAGNOL, Antonio S., CAMPOS, Thana C. de, (et al), Diagnóstico Nacional sobre a Situação dos Defensores de Direitos Humanos  (National Diagnostic on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders, in Portuguese), São Paulo, ANDHEP- Associação Nacional de Direitos Humanos, Ensino e Pós-Graduação, 2009.
  • Doenças Negligenciadas, Pobreza e Exclusão Social:  mera coincidência geográfica? (Neglected Diseases, Poverty and Social Exclusion: a mere geographical coincidence?, in Portuguese), In Revista da Faculdade de Direito USP, São Paulo, v. 103, 2008.
  • A Licença Compulsória de Medicamentos como Política Publica de Saúde (Compulsory Licensing of Medicines as a Public Heath Policy, in Portuguese), In Revista da Faculdade de Direito USP, São Paulo, v. 102, 2007.


  1. CAMPOS, Thana Cristina de, GUISE, Monica Rosina; WANG, Daniel; Patentes e medicamentos: uma questão de acesso ao conhecimento. in DeCita: Derecho del comercio internacional: temas y actualidades, Fundação Boiteux, Assunção, 01 out. 2009, p. 140 - 149.
  1. CAMPOS, Thana Cristina de, BARRETO FILHO, Jose Augusto, POGGE, Thomas; Democratizar a Insdustria Famaceutica, in Folha de Sao Paulo, caderno ‘Tendencias e Debates’, 23 jan. 2014.


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