Legal Capacities Required for Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases

Bulletin of the World Health Organization, Vol. 97, No. 2, 108-117, 2018

Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 19/07

11 Pages Posted: 20 Feb 2019 Last revised: 7 Mar 2019

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Roger Magnusson

The University of Sydney Law School

Benn McGrady

Georgetown University

Lawrence O. Gostin

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

David Patterson

Global Health Law Groningen Research Centre

H. Abou-Taleb

World Health Organization - Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean

Date Written: 2018

Abstract

Law lies at the centre of successful national strategies for prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases. By law we mean international agreements, national and subnational legislation, regulations and other executive instruments, and decisions of courts and tribunals. However, the vital role of law in global health development is often poorly understood, and eclipsed by other disciplines such as medicine, public health and economics. This paper identifies key areas of intersection between law and noncommunicable diseases, beginning with the role of law as a tool for implementing policies for prevention and control of leading risk factors. We identify actions that the World Health Organization and its partners could take to mobilize the legal workforce, strengthen legal capacity and support effective use of law at the national level. Legal and regulatory actions must move to the centre of national noncommunicable disease action plans. This requires high-level leadership from global and national leaders, enacting evidence-based legislation and building legal capacities.

Keywords: public health, global health, noncommunicable diseases, international law, human rights

JEL Classification: K10, K30

Suggested Citation

Magnusson, Roger and McGrady, Benn and Gostin, Lawrence O. and Patterson, David and Abou-Taleb, H., Legal Capacities Required for Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases (2018). Bulletin of the World Health Organization, Vol. 97, No. 2, 108-117, 2018, Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 19/07, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3329982

Roger Magnusson

The University of Sydney Law School ( email )

New Law Building, F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia

Benn McGrady

Georgetown University ( email )

Washington, DC 20057
United States

Lawrence O. Gostin (Contact Author)

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

600 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
United States
202-662-9038 (Phone)
202-662-9055 (Fax)

David Patterson

Global Health Law Groningen Research Centre ( email )

9700 AS Groningen
Netherlands

H. Abou-Taleb

World Health Organization - Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean ( email )

Abdul Razzak Al Sanhouri Street
P.O. Box 7608
Nasr City, Cairo 11371
Egypt

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