Making the International Health Regulations Matter: Promoting Compliance Through Effective Dispute Resolution
Routledge Handbook of Global Health Security, ed. Simon Rushton and Jeremy Youde, September 2014
7 Pages Posted: 22 Nov 2015
Date Written: August 26, 2014
International Health Regulations are becoming increasingly important in light of growing challenges faced in global heath, especially in regards to pandemics. These regulations have been adopted by the World Heath Organization (WHO) and have power of international law, but in the absence of strong dispute resolution methods, the regulations are not having their desired impact. The current framework involves weak negotiation, mediation, and arbitration systems, but fails to inspires confidence that obligations will be universally enforced or that consequences for breaching them will be predictable. Developing a stronger framework that involves some guarantee of binding authority in all cases, will help to deal with legitimate disagreements over how to deal with health crises like pandemics. This chapter will explain why the current global health system is limited and identify ways in which it can be strengthened.
Keywords: International Health Regulations, IHR, World Health Organization, WHO, international law, global health, dispute resolution, pandemics, universal enforcement, health crises, health security
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