Research Handbook on Global Health Law
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Research Handbook on Global Health Law

Edited by Gian Luca Burci and Brigit Toebes

The effect of Globalization on health has attracted the attention of scholars and policy makers across multiple disciplines. A key concern is the regulation of international health protection, and in particular the use of international health instruments and the complex interaction between international law and health considerations. For the first time, a group of law and policy scholars have analysed these issues, drawing on knowledge from their respective fields. The resulting book provides comprehensive coverage of contemporary issues in global health law and governance.
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Chapter 3: Still getting to know you: global health law and the right to health

John Tobin


This chapter seeks to explore the relevance of the right to health to global health law. It examines both the philosophical justification for the right to health and the meaning of this right under international law. It seeks to draw out and highlight the intersections and opportunities for engagement between the field of global health law and the right to health. It also offers some reflections on the consequences of a human rights based approach to health for the conceptualisation of health issues and the process by which global health law should be designed and delivered.

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