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Enforceability of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: Historical Background, Legal Basis and Misleading Assumptions

This blog post was written by Daniel Cerqueira, Senior Program Officer at DPLF and originally appeared on the DPL Foundation blog. The original posting can be found here. After World War II, a paradigm of States’ promotion of social welfare was predominant in several western governments, including those that lead the peace conferences that galvanized […]

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Three Challenges for Mental Health and the Syrian Refugee Crisis

This post was written by Nicholas J. Diamond, JD, MBE.  Nicholas is trained in both law and bioethics, and frequently speaks and writes on various issues in public health law. He is also a LL.M. candidate in global health law at Georgetown Law. Any questions should be directed to njd9@georgetown.edu. I was struck by a […]

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The WHO Must Include Access to Birth Control and Abortion in its Temporary Recommendations for Zika-Associated Public Health Emergency of International Concern

This post was written by Lawrence O. Gostin, Faculty Director of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law and University Professor, Georgetown and 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. Any questions about […]

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MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION AND THE PUBLIC HEALTH – AND THE PUBLIC HEALTH COMMUNITY

This post was written by Lawrence O. Gostin, Fernanda Alonso and Oscar Cabrera. Questions about this post can be directed to fa265@law.georgetown.edu. Whether or not you agree with legalizing marijuana, it is happening. So far, at least nine countries have legalized cannabis for medical purposes. Uruguay has also made it legal for recreational use, and […]

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Public Health: A Missing Link in the Executive Action to Reduce Gun Violence

This post was written by O’Neill Institute Faculty Director, Lawrence O. Gostin and O’Neill Institute Associate, Aliza Glasner. Questions about this post can be directed to gostin@law.georgetown.edu or ayg8@law.georgetown.edu.   Yesterday, President Obama took a modest, but critical first step to strengthen America’s existing regulatory framework aimed at preventing firearm-related injuries and deaths. Speaking from […]

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Two things we should STOP doing in the name of public health in 2016

In 2013, my colleague Brian Honermann wrote a popular blog post on four things we should probably stop doing in the name of public health: 1) Vitamin supplementation amongst otherwise healthy individuals; 2) PSA-Based Prostate Cancer Screenings, 3) Asymptomatic Mammography-Based Breast Cancer Screening; and 4) Obsessive Concern with Obesity based on BMI. Unfortunately, all of […]

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Food marketing to children in Latin America in need of an urgent makeover

Written by Gianella Severini and Fernanda Alonso  Today, worldwide rates of nutrition-related NCDs such as diabetes and obesity in children are alarming. This situation has been particularly critical in Latin American and Caribbean countries in the last couple of years. Because of this, the implementation of different programs to monitor and prevent unhealthy weight gain […]

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We have a deal! The Paris Agreement: An innovative legal agreement to save the planet?

Unless you have been living under a rock, or about to head out on a long holiday, you may have heard the news this past weekend that 195 states and the EU (196 Parties) adopted a new international agreement on climate change in Paris. The Paris Agreement aims to limit the increase in global temperature […]

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Tianjin Blasts: A Regulatory Catastrophe

This post was co-authored by Ana Ayala and Chun Wu. The Chinese city of Tianjin, a port city of close to 14 million people and an important transport and manufacturing center, shook with a series of explosions in August of this year. The explosions at Ruihai International Logistics’s warehouse, which stored highly hazardous and flammable […]

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Justice for Kenyan Women Detained in Maternity Wards

Poor maternal health services are common in Kenya due to a number of factors, including lack of supplies and equipment, inadequate training and supervision of health care workers, negligence, and unethical practices. According to the Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center), many women who seek such services at the country’s largest public maternity hospital, Pumwani Maternity Hospital, suffer […]

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