Realization of the International Human Right to Health in an Economically Integrated North America
Eleanor D. Kinney
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
December 31, 2009
American Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, Winter 2009
During World War II, the Allies created the United Nations and its associated international institutions to stabilize the post-war world. The Allies envisioned a coordinated world in which human rights for all were respected, economic and social progress for all promoted, and global warfare prevented. This was a phenomenally fantastic vision that seemed unattainable in the wake of the most devastating global war in history. Today, the world is witnessing some of the fruits of these mid-20th century events and aspirations, especially since the collapse of Communism in 1989. Economic integration and free trade has become much more prevalent as exemplified by astounding developments such as the European Union. And there is a greater appreciation of human rights, including the international human right to health. This article examines the evolution of trade policy and the impact of free trade policies on the health care sectors of the three countries of North America and the realization of the human right to health in North America.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 12
Keywords: Health and Human Rights, International Trade and Health
Date posted: January 1, 2011
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