The global health law trilogy: towards a safer, healthier, and fairer world

by Lawrence O Gostin, Mary Clare DeBartolo, Rebecca Katz
The Lancet Online First – Published: 15 May 2017

9 pp. 336 kB

Global health advocates often turn to medicine and science for solutions to enduring health risks, but law is also a powerful tool. No state acting alone can ward off health threats that span borders, requiring international solutions. A trilogy of global health law – the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, International Health Regulations (2005), and Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework – strives for a safer, healthier, and fairer world. Yet, these international agreements are not well understood, and contain gaps in scope and enforceability.

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