(Public) Health and Human Rights in Practice

Posted: 20 Jun 2016 Last revised: 31 Aug 2016

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Wendy K. Mariner

Boston University School of Law; Boston University School of Public Health

George J. Annas

Boston University School of Public Health

Date Written: February 28, 2016

Abstract

Public health ethics is pragmatic in practice, but uncertain in theory. Because the field of public health relies on law to define and carry out public activities, it is impossible to define a set of ethical principles unique to public health. Public health ethics must be encompassed within and consistent with a broader set of principles that define the power and limits of government institutions. The human right to health offers such a set of principles by requiring governments not only to respect individual human rights, but also, importantly, to protect people from harm from external sources and third parties, and to fulfill the health needs of the population. The human rights framework should be welcomed by the public health field as mirroring its overall goals to promote human flourishing.

Suggested Citation

Mariner, Wendy K. and Annas, George J., (Public) Health and Human Rights in Practice (February 28, 2016). 41(1) Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law 129 (2016); Boston Univ. School of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 16-26. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2797427

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George J. Annas

Boston University School of Public Health ( email )

School of Public Health
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Boston, MA 02118
United States
(617) 638-4626 (Phone)
(617) 414-1464 (Fax)

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