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Research Prize 2023
his research on the ethics of international relations and health inequalities

Ryoa Chung is a professor of philosophy at the Faculty of Medicine, Université de Montréal, co-Director of «Center for Ethical Research » and vice-president of the Canadian Philosophical Association.

She is the 2023 laureate of a research award from the French Red Cross Foundation, for her research in political philosophy on the ethics of international relations, and the structural and epistemic injustices that perpetuate health inequalities and humanitarian crises.

She was a foreign scientific resident at the ENS de Fontenay/St-Cloud (Paris, 1997) and spent two research periods as a visiting scholar at Columbia University and the Harvard School of Public Health. His articles have appeared in journals such as Public Health Ethics, Journal of Medical Ethics, Journal of Human Rights Practice, Journal of International Humanitarian Action, The Lancet. Ryoa Chung co-edited with Jeangène Vilmer the book Ethics of International Relations (PUF, 2013). With Ore. Joanne Liu, former international president of Doctors Without Borders, Chung has co-published in Hastings Center Bioethics Forum and a chapter in the forthcoming book, Justice and Global Health, Routledge, 2023. She has developed (with M.Hunt, McGrill) the notion of “structural health vulnerability”. Her current research project, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, is entitled Health, Security and Justice. Challenges for the 21st century.


The French Red Cross Foundation’s Research Prizes are designed to promote scientific work that has already been completed, or innovative lines of thought devoted to humanitarian and social issues, in both the North and South. Open to all disciplines of the human and social sciences and to all nationalities, they reward scientific excellence and human commitment, promoting scientific knowledge, ethical reflection and social innovation to advance action in the service of the most vulnerable.