Relational Theory and Health Law and Policy

2008 Health Law Journal (Special Edition) 193

18 Pages Posted: 8 Jul 2012

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Jocelyn Downie

Schulich School of Law & Faculty of Medicine

Jennifer Llewellyn

Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University

Date Written: 2008

Abstract

Relational theory starts from an understanding of human selves as relational. This theory informs some significant current developments in the areas of philosophy, ethics and legal theory that re-envision key concepts including autonomy, equality, rights, justice, memory, trust, judgment and identity. In this paper we introduce relational theory and begin to explore some of its implications for health law and policy. In doing so, we hope to show the relevance of each field to the other and to persuade those interested in health law and policy to take up the challenge to pursue the transformative potential of relational theory through their work.

Keywords: relational theory, health law, policy

Suggested Citation

Downie, Jocelyn and Llewellyn, Jennifer, Relational Theory and Health Law and Policy (2008). 2008 Health Law Journal (Special Edition) 193, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2101762

Jocelyn Downie (Contact Author)

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Jennifer Llewellyn

Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University ( email )

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