Human Rights Quarterly   |  May 9, 2013

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Fourteen years ago, in these pages, I reviewed a monograph by Brigit Toebes with an almost identical title to the one under consideration now (The Right to Health as a Human Right in International Law). Assessing the extent of developments that have taken place with respect to the right to health in the last ten to fifteen years is the principal subject of John Tobin’s excellent new book, The Right to Health in International Law. As Tobin himself says, “one of the greatest challenges in undertaking such an assessment is to navigate between the extremes of great enthusiasm and optimism, manifested by many of the proponents of the right to health, and the deeply pessimistic views of those who doubt that the concept has sufficient traction in terms of coherence, definability, political viability, economic sustainability, or justiciability.”

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