International Encyclopedia of Public Health Academic Press | June 9, 2008Read the Publication
The growth and elaboration of the field of international public health law in the last decade and a half has been a notable development in global health policy. Traditionally, public health was viewed as a realm of almost exclusive national jurisdiction and multilateral cooperation in this realm was restricted to discrete areas. Public health law today remains predominantly domestic and national, but the field of international public health law is extant and growing. Through the codification of binding global health law standards that regulate interstate behavior and national conduct as well as the creation of other global norms that influence state actions, international public health law has expanding significance in national public health law and policy.