International Law Has a Role to Play in Addressing Antibiotic Resistance

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Steven Hoffman

York University; Harvard University

John-Arne Røttingen

Norwegian Knowledge Center for the Health Services

Julio Frenk

Harvard University - T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Date Written: 2015

Abstract

International legal frameworks are not always appropriate when addressing issues in global health. There are high costs and trade-offs in implementing these frameworks, which often outweigh the benefits of a unified global strategy. An exception to this is antibiotic resistance, where interdependent collective action is crucial for the future of global health. Antibiotic resistance is a major global health issue that meets all four criteria for new international legal agreements: (1) the crisis has a significant transnational dimension; (2) the nature of the solution justifies the use of an instrument with coercive features; (3) there should be a reasonable chance of achieving the desired benefits; and (4) an international framework is the best mechanism for global collective action. In the case of antibiotic resistance, the benefits far exceed the costs.

Keywords: international, legal, framework, global, heath, strategy, antibiotic, resistance, agreement, transnational, coercive, mechanism, collective, action

Suggested Citation

Hoffman, Steven and Røttingen, John-Arne and Frenk, Julio, International Law Has a Role to Play in Addressing Antibiotic Resistance (2015). Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, Vol. 43, No. 2, 2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2726356

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John-Arne Røttingen

Norwegian Knowledge Center for the Health Services ( email )

Norway

Julio Frenk

Harvard University - T.H. Chan School of Public Health ( email )

677 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA MA 02115
United States

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