A Covering-Law Model of Global Health Governance

Posted: 10 Nov 2014 Last revised: 17 Jan 2020

Date Written: November 10, 2014


"Until philosophers are kings or the kings and princes of this world have the spirit and power of philosophy, and political greatness and wisdom meet in one, and those commoner natures, who pursue either to the exclusion of the other are compelled to stand aside, cities will never have rest from their evils." Plato, Republic

"O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, thank you for hiding these things from those who think themselves wise and clever, and for revealing them to the childlike." Mathew 11:25 (New Living Translation)

The problematic of Global Health Governance (GHG) – viz. collaborative trans-national research and action for promoting health for all – turns on "the sought after science of ‘being qua being"’ or the architectonic of what we loosely call sovereignty. Drawing on the endgame of a decade-long exercise in the socio-legal construction of GHG, that involved protracted litigation of basic rights in the U.S. court system, this whitepaper constructs a model of cause and explanation (covering-law model) of GHG, modeled on the Cartesian architectonic as appropriate, as follows: (A) res cogitans/thought; (B) res extensa/extension; (C) res infinitum/sovereignty. By standing the covering-law model up to the critical reflection and deliberation of the research community, and the public-at-large, this paper stands to clarify the norms of international relations (IR) and international law (IL) and disable the IR-responsible and IL-legitimate in the problematic of GHG.

Keywords: Metaphysics; Global Health; Governance; Positive Law; Natural Law; Social Theory; Political Theory; Game Theory; Sophistry; Sovereingty

JEL Classification: K33; P16; O34; O38

Suggested Citation

Andela, Valentine, A Covering-Law Model of Global Health Governance (November 10, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2520574 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2520574

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