Promoting Equity in Health: What Role for the Courts?

Health and Human Rights Journal, Vol. 16(2) (2014)

9 Pages Posted: 29 Mar 2021

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Alicia Ely Yamin

Harvard University - Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics; Harvard University - Harvard Law School; Partners in Health; Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) - Center on Law and Social Transformation

Date Written: December 2014

Abstract

One of the most significant transformations to occur in the landscape of struggles for health justice since this journal was originally launched relates to the increasing judicialization of health-related rights, and economic, social, and cultural rights (ESC rights) more broadly. Indeed, the articles in this issue go far toward debunking outdated conceptions about health rights as merely “programmatic rights,” which are not justiciable. Over the last 20 years, and increasingly in the last decade, we have seen that health and related rights are in fact being enforced by courts around the world, from South America to South Asia, Eastern Europe to East Africa. And increasingly, even in low-income countries, important demands for health-related entitlements are being framed in terms of legally enforceable claims.

Suggested Citation

Yamin, Alicia Ely, Promoting Equity in Health: What Role for the Courts? (December 2014). Health and Human Rights Journal, Vol. 16(2) (2014), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3795589

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