Category Archives: Trade

Why We Need the Framework Convention on Global Health Following the SDGs

Next month, the WHO Executive Board will meet with a lengthy agenda, representing the range of serious health burdens and threats that persist. One challenge stands above the rest: immense global and national health inequities, linked to some 20 million deaths every year (about which more in an upcoming blog). The Executive Board could take […]

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Is the Trans-Pacific Partnership a win for tobacco control? A first look at the tobacco carve-out

Finally, after years of negotiation, speculation, anticipation and/or trepidation, the full text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has been released. Undoubtedly, lawyers around the world will be pouring over the details over the next weeks and months, as will the US congress in order to decide whether to approve or reject the agreement in its […]

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Trade liberalization for tobacco products doesn’t make sense: why the O’Neill is petitioning against U.S. tobacco product import subsidies

I have previously written about the absurdity of treating tobacco like any other good in the market, specifically the inconsistencies between antitrust law and public health regulation. It’s concerning – and frightening – when economists and free trade advocates forget that, unlike any other commercial good, tobacco products harm and frequently kill those that use […]

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What does the conclusion of TPP negotiations mean for global health law?

This post was written by Alexandra Phelan, an Adjunct Professor in Global Health Law at Georgetown University Law Center and Doctoral Researcher with the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law. She has previously examined the possible implications of the TPP on global health law based on previous leaked drafts of the TPP here […]

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The Lancet – O’Neill Institute, Georgetown University Commission on Global Health and the Law

The O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University is pleased to announce the launch of the launch of The Lancet – O’Neill Institute, Georgetown University Commission on Global Health and the Law. This commission’s focus is that law should be viewed as a major determinant of health and safety and can […]

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