Global Health Law (LAW-719D-001)
Javier Vasquez, Cristina Leria
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This course explores major global health challenges, laws, policies and programs. Students will be introduced to current and emerging global health priorities and analyze possible solutions and links between international human rights law and global public health policy. Classroom discussions will examine how human rights law can be an important tool for addressing current global health challenges, such as improving mental health systems, creating smoke free environments, reducing the incidence of HIV/AIDS, reducing maternal mortality, and protecting older persons and other groups in situations of vulnerability. The objectives of the course are: • To help students understand what are the main global health challenges, how to improve health and achieving equity in health; • To identify determinants of health and disease; analyze different health systems and global health priorities. • To help students understand human rights law through a focus on public health and groups in situations of vulnerability; • To identify the theoretical and practical tensions between the goals of human rights protection and public health programs, as well as their potential to further shared goals; • To examine ways in which human rights lawyers, public health officials, NGOs, UN agencies and other stakeholders can work together to achieve the goals of improving public health and promoting human rights protection in line with international standards; and • To enable students to work together in evaluating and analyzing health and human rights issues from a domestic and international legal perspective. Lectures and in-class discussions will enable students to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to understand global health challenges and to apply human rights instruments and tools towards the prevention of disease and disability and reduction of health-related abuses and suffering. Students’ abilities to develop original ideas and engage in critical thinking on human rights will be reflected in their research assignment selection, presentation and writing.
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First Class Readings
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