Right to Health Litigation and HIV/AIDS Policy

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Benjamin Mason Meier

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Alicia Ely Yamin

Harvard University - Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics; Harvard University - Harvard Law School; Partners in Health; Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) - Center on Law and Social Transformation

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

This article sketches the evolving interaction between human rights case law and HIV/AIDS policy. To clarify the need for such analysis, this article discusses the promise of human rights litigation in providing accountability for state public health commitments. Given the promise of this litigation in realizing public health outcomes, this article reviews the origins and development of human rights jurisprudence for HIV/AIDS. With this enforcement movement facing increasing criticism for distorting the global health governance agenda, the authors examine the backlash against this human rights jurisprudence in setting HIV/AIDS policy. This article concludes that scholars and practitioners must engage in comparative analyses of these rights-based litigation strategies and empirical research on their public health impacts.

Keywords: HIV/AIDS, human rights, health litigation, global health policy

Suggested Citation

Meier, Benjamin Mason and Yamin, Alicia Ely, Right to Health Litigation and HIV/AIDS Policy (2011). Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, Vol. 39, p. 81, Spring 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1977041

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