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 8: Health and international environmental law

Makane Moïse Mbengue and Susanna Waltman


Health and the environment are inextricably linked and giving effect to this link is a key aspect of sustainable development in the twenty-first century, particularly as climate changes forces intensify their effects globally. This chapter seeks to highlight that concern for human health and well-being has been a driving force behind the development of international environmental law, and the ways that the principles that have emerged in international environmental law may be utilized to pursue public health objectives in the context of environmental measures. It accordingly outlines the way that the environment impacts human health and well-being and the evolution of international environmental law with concern for human health and well-being at the heart of its development. It further sets out the way the fundamental link between health and the environment is given effect in international environmental agreements by highlighting the specific provisions that protect human health and the environment, which demonstrate the express role of human health in international environmental agreements.

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