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 10: Communicable disease control

Stefania Negri

Abstract

Communicable diseases represent a major global public health threat. In fact, owing to the globalisation of travel and trade, these diseases cross borders at an unprecedented rate and multiply exposure and mutual vulnerability of people around the globe. A watershed in infectious disease surveillance and control was marked by the adoption of the WHO International Health Regulations 2005, which is the only global binding instrument governing the reporting of disease outbreaks and the prevention of their international spread. Given the ever-increasing interconnection between public health, human rights protection and international security, this chapter offers a critical analysis of the application of the Regulations in times of public health emergencies of international concern through the lens of the health-human rights and the health-security paradigms. The chapter advances proposals for possible improvements in the implementation of the Regulations to overcome major concerns raised by non-compliance with IHR obligations.

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