New epidemic and pandemic phenomena: socio-economic consequences and policy issues

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 - 09:30 to 16:30

Via Sant'Antonio, 5

5 Via Sant'Antonio

A conference about the socio-economic impact that epidemics and pandemics may have will be held in Milan, October 27, with the collaboration of ASSET project. The event was inspired by the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which brought significant consequences on the economic and social structures of the three countries involved by the epidemic.

In fact, social and economic issues may be triggered not only by the disease itself, but also by actions taken by supranational organization in order to fight it. Many questions arose about the policies to be adopted in similar cases and, most of all, about the undeniable conflict between individual habits and community needs.

During the conference, participants will discuss such a topic in a historical perspective, in order to draw relevant lessons from previous, similar events, like the SARS epidemic in 2003.




9.30 a.m.



Apertura dei lavori

Gianluca Vago, Dean of theUniversity of Milan

Remo Danovi, president of the Attorneys Orders of Milan

Livia Pomodoro, president of the Fondazione Centro nazionale di prevenzione e difesa sociale; president of ISPAC-International Scientific and Professional Advisory Council of the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme




Session I: The epidemiological framework, West Africa situation



Paolo Vineis, Chair in Environmental Epidemiology, Imperial College, London (tbc)


10.00 a.m.

  • The epidemiological framework

Paola Testori Coggi, Former General Director for Health and Consumers, European Commission


10.30 a.m.

  • Lessons from the development of disease in West Africa

Jeremy Bowles, Hub Economist, Country Programme, International Growth Centre, London, UK


11.00-11.15 a.m.

Coffee Break



Session II: Socio-economic effects



Giovanni Dosi, Director of the Economy Institute of the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa (tbc)


11.15 a.m.

  • Effects on Africa

Mead Over, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development, Washington DC, USA (tbc)


11.45 a.m.

  • Effects on global economy

Luigi Prosperetti, Professor of Political Economy, University of Milan


12.15 p.m.

  • Social effects

Alessia Melegaro, Assistant Professor in Demography and Social Statistic, Bocconi University, Milan


12.45 p.m.



1.00 p.m.




Session III: Epidemic phenomena, individual rights, international rights



Amedeo Santosuosso, president of the European Centre for Law, Science and New Technologies, University of Pavia (tbc)


2.00 p.m.


  • Epidemics and individual rights

Wendy E. Parmet, George J. and Kathleen Waters Matthews Distinguished University Professor of Law, Northeastern University, Boston, USA


2.30 p.m.

  • Epidemics and international rights
    Pia Acconci, Associated Professor of International Right, University of Teramo



Session IV: Institutional responses



Roberto Satolli, Zadig, ASSET project


3.00 p.m.

  • Italian responses

Raniero Guerra, General Director of Health Prevention, Ministry of Health

3.30 p.m.

  • World Health Organization responses

Roberto Bertollini, Chief Scientist and WHO Representative to the European Union

4.00 p.m.

  • European Commission responses

Paolo Guglielmetti, Administrator and Policy Officer in the Health Threats Unit of the Directorate General of Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE) of the European Commission


4.30 p.m.


Guido Calabresi, Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; Former Dean, Sterling Professor of Law Emeritus, Yale Law School



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