Title
Under the (legal) radar screen : global health initiatives and international human rights obligations Under the (legal) radar screen : global health initiatives and international human rights obligations
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Law
Publication type
article
Publication
London ,
Subject
Law
Human medicine
Source (journal)
BMC international health and human rights. - London
Volume/pages
12(2012) :31 , p. 1-19
ISSN
1472-698X
Article Reference
31
Carrier
E-only publicatie
Target language
English (eng)
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Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Background: Given that many low income countries are heavily reliant on external assistance to fund their health sectors the acceptance of obligations of international assistance and cooperation with regard to the right to health (global health obligations) is insufficiently understood and studied by international health and human rights scholars. Over the past decade Global Health Initiatives, like the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund) have adopted novel approaches to engaging with stakeholders in high and low income countries. This article explores how this experience impacted on acceptance of the international obligation to (help) fulfil the right to health beyond borders. Methods: The authors conducted an extensive review of international human rights law literature, transnational legal process literature, global public health literature and grey literature pertaining to Global Health Initiatives. To complement this desk work and deepen their understanding of how and why different legal norms evolve the authors conducted 19 in-depth key informant interviews with actors engaged with three stakeholders; the European Union, the United States and Belgium. The authors then analysed the interviews through a transnational legal process lens. Results: Through according value to the process of examining how and why different legal norms evolve transnational legal process offers us a tool for engaging with the dynamism of developments in global health suggesting that operationalising global health obligations could advance the right to health for all. Conclusions: In many low-income countries the health sector is heavily dependent on external assistance to fulfil the right to health of people thus it is vital that policies and tools for delivering reliable, long-term assistance are developed so that the right to health for all becomes more than a dream. Our research suggests that the Global Fund experience offers lessons to build on. Keywords: Global health initiatives, Human rights, The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, HIV, Right to health, Transnational legal process, Extraterritorial legal obligations
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