The Lancet  |  April 25, 2015

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Law at the international, national, and subnational levels has been an effective, although often underappreciated, way to safeguard and promote global health. By law we mean the statutes and regulations that express public policy as well as public institutions, including courts, legislatures, and agencies responsible for creating, implementing, and interpreting the law. Law has a fundamental, yet underused and underdeveloped, role in providing solutions to global health challenges. We are, therefore, launching a Lancet–O’Neill Institute, Georgetown University Commission on Global Health and the Law to examine the vital role of law in responding to major global health challenges.

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