Research Handbook on EU Health Law and Policy
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Research Handbook on EU Health Law and Policy

Edited by Tamara K. Hervey, Calum A. Young and Louise E. Bishop

The steady expansion of the European Union’s involvement in health over the past 20 years has been accelerated by recent events. This handbook offers an up-to-date analytical overview of the most important topics in EU health law and policy. It outlines, as far as possible, the direction of travel for each topic and suggests research agenda(s) for the future.
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Chapter 18: The EU’s (emergent) global health law and policy

Tamara K Hervey


The effects of the EU’s policies are not limited to Member States – the EU is also one of many actors in an increasingly interconnected world. Without overstating its overall significance, Tamara Hervey analyses the growing importance of the EU’s externally facing health law and policy. The EU’s external relations law interacts with health through three main, overlapping mechanisms or policy spaces – trade, development and human rights. While these sometimes support global health, through mechanisms such as embedded liberalism in WTO agreements, overall EU external health law remains an area of frustrated potential.

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