Public health is currently at a crossroads, facing acute challenges from a shifting geopolitical order, weakened multilateralism, and the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as chronic challenges such as climate change, economic inequality, migration, and armed conflicts. The Centre for Health Laws & Policy at the WBNUJS Kolkata, India (hereinafter “the Centre) aims to open up the health laws & policy discourse to diverse voices, perspectives, expertise and ideas, and to engage critically with issues of governance, politics and institutions, thereby seeking to offer a unique meeting place for scholars and practitioners operating within and interested in the legal and policy domains within India, the ASEAN region, the global south and beyond.
It is indeed a fact that, the first couple of decades of this post-globalised new millennium has indeed evolved into an inextricable knowledge and information driven economy and governance paradigm. With such massive strides being made in all avenues of science & technology in this closer, more-interconnected and an intimately interdependent new world, –
the ethos of sharing of knowledge, views, ideas and opinions has not only come to assume an increasingly vital role in positively influencing the culture of thought and subsequent policy imperatives, but indeed in constructively reshaping the very intellectual zeitgeist and the governance ecosystem of the day.
Towards this end, the Centre expects to serve not just as a platform for launching new initiatives reaching out to assist and to learn from the vast and multi-faceted horizon of legal, medical, scientific and allied socio-economic endeavours, – but also as an incubator of an exciting, optimistic and forward-thinking home for crucial, locally, nationally and globally relevant interdisciplinary research and scholarship within this domain.