Law's Power to Safeguard Global Health: A Lancet–O’Neill Institute, Georgetown University Commission on Global Health and the Law

The Lancet, Vol. 385, pp. 1603-1604, 2015

3 Pages Posted: 5 May 2015

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Lawrence O. Gostin

Georgetown University - Law Center - O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law

John Monahan

Georgetown University Law Center

Mary DeBartolo

Georgetown University Law Center

Richard Horton

The Lancet

Date Written: May 4, 2015

Abstract

The law - global, national, and subnational - plays a vital, yet often underappreciated, role in safeguarding and promoting the public’s health. In this article, we launch the Lancet-O’Neill Institute, Georgetown University Commission on Global Health and the Law. Commissioners from around the world will explore the critical opportunities and challenges of using law as a tool, while evaluating the evidence base for legal interventions. The Commission aims to define and systematically describe the current landscape of law that affects global health and safety.

Commissioners were chosen from disciplines that range from health, policy, and law to economics and governance. The Commission aims to present a compelling argument as to why law should be viewed as a major determinant of health and safety and how the law can be used in a powerful and innovative way to address the global burdens of injury and disease. Above all, the Commission will pursue justice, finding innovative ways to narrow existing and unconscionable health inequalities.

Keywords: global health, global health challenges, global health laws

JEL Classification: K00, K30, K39

Suggested Citation

Gostin, Lawrence O. and Monahan, John and DeBartolo, Mary and Horton, Richard, Law's Power to Safeguard Global Health: A Lancet–O’Neill Institute, Georgetown University Commission on Global Health and the Law (May 4, 2015). The Lancet, Vol. 385, pp. 1603-1604, 2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2602237

Lawrence O. Gostin (Contact Author)

Georgetown University - Law Center - O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law ( email )

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John Monahan

Georgetown University Law Center ( email )

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Mary DeBartolo

Georgetown University Law Center ( email )

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Richard Horton

The Lancet ( email )

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