Journal of Public Health Ethics   |  June 9, 2008

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As a consequence of rapid globalization, the need for a coherent system of global health law and governance has never been greater. This article explores the health hazards posed by contemporary globalization on human health and the consequent urgent need for global health law to facilitate effective multilateral cooperation in advancing the health of populations equitably. It sets forth the first definition of the emerging field of “global health law.” After explicating the central features identified in the definition, the article examines the “grand challenges” to reaching the full potential of global health law to advance human health in just and effective ways.

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