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Introduction, Populations, Public Health and the Law

Wendy E. Parmet

Northeastern University - School of Law

May 27, 2009

Georgetown University Press, 2009
Northeastern University School of Law Research Paper No. 35-2009

Law plays a crucial role in protecting the health of populations. Whether the public health threat is bioterrorism, pandemic influenza, obesity, or lung cancer, law is an essential tool for addressing the problem. Yet for many decades, courts and lawyers have frequently overlooked law’s critical importance to public health. Populations, Public Health, and the Law demonstrates why public health protection is a vital objective for the law and presents a new population-based approach to legal analysis that can help law achieve its public health mission while remaining true to its own core values. The Introduction presents the challenges that public health presents for legal analysis as well as why it is critical that that legal analysis keep population health in mind. The subsequent chapters expand that discussion and apply population-based legal analysis to federalism, due process, commercial speech, tort law, health law and international human rights law, while at public health issues that include food safety, pandemic preparedness, tuberculosis, and death and dying.

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Parmet, Wendy E., Introduction, Populations, Public Health and the Law (May 27, 2009). Georgetown University Press, 2009; Northeastern University School of Law Research Paper No. 35-2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1410819

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