Edited by Gian Luca Burci and Brigit Toebes
Chapter 4: Hardwired human rights: a health and human rights perspective on global health law
This chapter argues that Larry Gostin’s book Global Health Law needs to be taken seriously. It gives three reasons for this: first, the book has heroic appeal; second, it makes many legitimate criticisms of both law in general and international human rights law in particular; and third and most importantly, it is a mischief-maker. Specifically, it promotes a dated and damaging picture of economic and social rights, and it has both too narrow a sense of law and too much faith in governance as an essential supplement. In response, the chapter calls for a different state of mind, one that will hardwire human rights and human rights law.
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