Health

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Health - Research Guide International Law

Health is vitally important for every human being in the world. Global health matters to everyone, not just to those living in developing countries. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as “the state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. The enjoyment of the hihgest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic or social condition”. Since 15 June 2007, the world has been implementing the International Health Regulations (IHR). The International Health Regulations are a legally-binding international agreement that govern the roles of the World Health Organization and its Member States around the globe in identifying, sharing information about, and responding to public health events that may have international consequences. Since then trade and travel have increased significantly. Under the revised Regulations, countries that have accepted the IHR have broader responsibility to take preventive measures against, as well as to detect and respond to, any event that may constitute a public health emergency of international concern. The International Health Regulations also give the WHO clearer authority to recommend to its Member States measures that will help contain the international spread of disease, including public health actions to be taken. The IHR cover all hazards, not just infectious diseases.

This Research Guide is intended as a starting point for research on Health. It provides the basic legal materials available in the Peace Palace Library, both in print and electronic format. Handbooks, leading articles, bibliographies, periodicals, serial publications and documents of interest are presented in the Selective Bibliography section. Links to the PPL Catalogue are inserted. The Library’s classification index code 157. Sanitary Law (Opium, etc.); World Health Organization and subject heading (keyword) Health are instrumental for searching through the Catalogue. Special attention is given to our subscriptions on databases, e-journals, e-books and other electronic resources. Finally, this Research Guide features links to relevant websites and other online resources of particular interest.

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The Peace Palace Library has a collection of over a million publications. Each week, about six hundred new titles are added to our collection: books, articles, documents, online publications, etc. On this page, access is provided to this week’s new titles on the topic health. Health and public health concerns a variety of topics and aspects of health; the right to health, infectious diseases, access to medicines, healthcare, sanitary law, food and drug law, from the ethics of embryonic stem cell research to the role and responsibility of the government, safety regulations and medical malpractice.


1. Sanità e diritti fondamentali in ambito europeo e italiano
Sanità e diritti fondamentali in ambito europeo e italiano / a cura di Lucia Serena Rossi e Carlo Bottari ; contributi di Guglielmo Altimari, Richard J. Bonnie, Carlo Bottari, Giovanni Mario Cavo, Serena Coppola, Alessandra De Palma, Luca Dimasi, Giacomo Di Federico, Massimiliana Equizi, Federico Forni, Massimo Franzoni, Marco Inglese, Luigi Mastroroberto, Flavio Peccenini, Susi Pelotti, Lucia Serena Rossi, Gil Siegal, Vladimiro Zagrebelsky. - Santarcangelo di Romagna : Maggioli Editore, è un marchio di Maggioli S.p.A., 2013. - 274 pages. ; 24 cm. - (Quaderni di sanità pubblica ; 2) With references. - 2013
Keywords: Italy, European Union, Health, Human rights, Constitutional law, Community law and municipal law,

2. Il "welfare" sanitario in Italia e in Europa: quali prospettive?
Il "welfare" sanitario in Italia e in Europa: quali prospettive? / di Luca Dimasi. - Santarcangelo di Romagna : Maggiole Editore. - Page 31-42 In: Sanità e diritti fondamentali in ambito europeo e italiano / a cura di Lucia Serena Rossi e Carlo Bottari, ISBN 9788838777349: (2013), Page 31-42. - 2013
Keywords: Italy, European Union, Health, Medical services, Community law and municipal law,

3. Accesso alle cure e rimborso delle spese sanitarie transfrontaliere nella normativa e nella giurisprudenza italiane
Accesso alle cure e rimborso delle spese sanitarie transfrontaliere nella normativa e nella giurisprudenza italiane / di Giovanni Maria Cavo. - Santarcangelo di Romagna : Maggiole Editore. - Page 79-97 In: Sanità e diritti fondamentali in ambito europeo e italiano / a cura di Lucia Serena Rossi e Carlo Bottari, ISBN 9788838777349: (2013), Page 79-97. - 2013
Keywords: Italy, Health, Medical services, Human rights, Case-law,

4. Il consenso informato quale presupposto per l'immissione in commercio del medicinale nell'Unione europea
Il consenso informato quale presupposto per l'immissione in commercio del medicinale nell'Unione europea / di Federico Forni. - Santarcangelo di Romagna : Maggiole Editore. - Page 103-112 In: Sanità e diritti fondamentali in ambito europeo e italiano / a cura di Lucia Serena Rossi e Carlo Bottari, ISBN 9788838777349: (2013), Page 103-112. - 2013
Keywords: European Union, Health, Pharmaceuticals, Medical services, Community law,

5. The Potential of the Expert Committee of the African Children's Charter in advancing Adolescent Sexual Health and Rights in Africa
The Potential of the Expert Committee of the African Children's Charter in advancing Adolescent Sexual Health and Rights in Africa / Ebenezer Durojaye In: Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa = ISSN 0010-4051: vol. 46, issue 3, page 385-408. - 2013
Keywords: Africa, Girls, Children, Human rights, Health, Human reproduction, Convention on the Rights of the Child (New York, 20 November 1989),

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  • Lee, K and Fang, J., Historical dictionary of the World Health Organization, Lanham, Scarecrow Press, 2013.

    Lee, K and Fang, J., Historical dictionary of the World Health Organization, Lanham,  Scarecrow Press, 2013.

    The WHO’s history spans a period of over six decades, with particular emphasis on the past twenty years. This has been a particularly busy period in WHO’s development, given the transition from international to global health cooperation, and thus the need to adapt to important changes in its operating environment. In some cases, WHO has been a direct part of the institutional arrangements that have been created, and has shared the increased funding, provided for global health. In other cases, the organization has had to adapt its activities and programs in response to rival initiatives. This has led to many changes, not only to the name of specific parts of WHO but the
    nature of their activities; and this second edition attempts to capture some of this institutional complexity. The Historical Dictionary of the World Health Organization covers the history of the WHO through a chronology, an introductory essay, appendixes, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 1000 cross-referenced entries on key bodies, programs, events and people. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about the World Health Organization.

     

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  • Dudley, M., Silove D., and F. Gale, Mental health and human rights: vision, praxis, and courage, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2012.

    Dudley, M., Silove D., and F. Gale, Mental health and human rights: vision, praxis, and courage, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2012.

    Mental disorders are ubiquitous, profoundly disabling and people suffering from them frequently endure the worst conditions of life. In recent decades both mental health and human rights have emerged as areas of practice, inquiry, national policy-making and shared international concern. Human-rights monitoring and reporting are core features of public administration in most countries, and human rights law has burgeoned. Mental health also enjoys a new dignity in scholarship, international discussions and programs, mass-media coverage and political debate. Today’s experts insist that it impacts on every aspect of health and human well-being, and so becomes essential to achieving human rights.
    This book presents a comprehensive and compelling review of mental health and human rights, shining a light on some of the appalling abuses still taking place today, and looking at how we can resolve some of these problems. This book also provides a truly international perspective, with chapters written by a team of authors experienced in dealing with, and facing some of the most challenging abuses of human rights throughout the world.

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  • Bhattacharya, D., Global health disputes and disparities : a critical appraisal of international law and population health, London, Routledge, 2013.

    Bhattacharya, D., Global health disputes and disparities : a critical appraisal of international law and population health, London, Routledge, 2013.

    Global Health Disputes and Disparities explores inequalities in health around the world, looking particularly at the opportunity for, and limitations of, international law to promote population health by examining its intersection with human rights, trade, and epidemiology, and the controversial issues of legal process, religion, access to care, and the social context of illness. Using a theoretical framework rooted in international law, this volume draws on a wide range of rich empirical data toassess the challenges facing the field, including international legal treaty interpretation, and specific issues related to the application of law in resolving pressing issues in gender, access to care, and social determinants of health. In doing so, it illustrates the challenges for implementing rights-based approaches to address health disparities, with profound implications for future regulations and policymaking. It includes both interviews with leading scholars, as well as a variety of case studies from prominent international forums, including formal claims brought before the Human Rights Council and the Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, as well as regional and national experiences, drawn from disputes in India, Indonesia, South Africa and the USA.

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  • Chorev N., The World Health Organization between North and South, Ithaca, Cornell University Press, 2012.

    Chorev N., The World Health Organization between North and South, Ithaca, Cornell University Press, 2012.

    Since 1948, the World Health Organization (WHO) has launched numerous programs aimed at improving health conditions around the globe, ranging from efforts to eradicate smallpox to education programs about the health risks of smoking. In setting global health priorities and carrying out initiatives, the WHO bureaucracy has faced the challenge of reconciling the preferences of a small minority of wealthy nations, who fund the organization, with the demands of poorer member countries, who hold the majority of votes. In The World Health Organization between North and South, Nitsan Chorev shows how the WHO bureaucracy has succeeded not only in avoiding having its agenda co-opted by either coalition of member states but also in reaching a consensus that fit the bureaucracy’s own principles and interests. Chorev assesses the response of the WHO bureaucracy to member-state pressure in two particularly contentious moments: when during the 1970s and early 1980s developing countries forcefully called for a more equal international economic order, and when in the 1990s the United States and other wealthy countries demanded international organizations adopt neoliberal economic reforms. In analyzing these two periods, Chorev demonstrates how strategic maneuvering made it possible for a vulnerable bureaucracy to preserve a relatively autonomous agenda, promote a consistent set of values, and protect its interests in the face of challenges from developing and developed countries alike.

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  • Vadi, V.S., Public Health in International Investment Law and Arbitration, London, Routledge, 2012.

    Vadi, V.S., Public Health in International Investment Law and Arbitration, London (etc.), Routledge, 2012.

    This book contributes to the current understanding of international investment law and arbitration, addressing the fundamental question of whether public health has and/or should have any relevance in contemporary international investment law and policy. With a focus on the ‘clash of cultures’ between international investment law and public health, the author critically analyses the emerging case law of investment treaty arbitration and considers the theoretical interplay between public health and investor rights in international investment law. The book also explores the interplay between investment law and public health in practice, focusing on specific sectors such as pharmaceutical patents, tobacco regulation and environmental health. It then goes on to analyze the available means for promoting consideration of public health in international investment law and suggests new methods and approaches to better reconcile public health and investor rights.

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  • Åhman, J., Trade, Health, and the Burden of Proof in WTO Law, Alphen aan den Rijn, Kluwer Law International, 2012.

    Åhman, J., Trade, Health, and the Burden of Proof in WTO Law, Alphen aan den Rijn, Kluwer Law International, 2012.
    Most of us do not immediately think of health protection measures as trade barriers. Yet to the trade liberalization interest they are often exactly that “hidden protectionism” some would say. When the conflict between trade and health hardens into a confrontation, allocation of the burden of proof becomes the critical factor in determining the outcome. And the outcome of such a WTO dispute may affect a very large number of people. This book examines the WTO provisions applicable to health protection measures from a burden of proof perspective, with an up-to-date and thorough analysis of all relevant case law.
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    The global increase in food prices will plunge millions of people into hunger worldwide. Starvation and food shortage already caused food riots and are threatening to destabilize regimes.

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