Organisation Internationale de Droit du Développement

Advancing the Right to Health: The Vital Role of Law

Can we achieve the SDG health targets without the rule of law? Effective laws and an enabling legal environment are as essential to a healthy society as clean water. Every public health challenge – from infectious and non-communicable diseases to injuries, from mental illness to universal health coverage – has a legal component. Despite this, in many countries, legislation, policies and practices are antiquated, contrary to human rights obligations, and hostile to public health goals - threatening the achievements of SDG health targets in those countries and regions. Why is the law’s role in protecting and promoting health still neglected in many countries, and what opportunities are there for the future?

At this event, the World Health Organization will publish a ground-breaking report: Advancing the Right to Health: The Vital Role of Law. This report is the result of a collaboration between the WHO, the International Development Law Organisation (IDLO), the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University, and the Sydney Law School, University of Sydney.


Monday, 16 January 2017  |  18:00 - 19:00  |  Maison de la Paix, the Graduate Institute, Geneva

Join us for a lively discussion on health, law and development with four of the authors and architects of this report:

·       Larry Gostin, Professor of Global Health Law, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University

·       Marie-Paule Kieny, Assistant Director-General, Health Systems and Innovation, WHO

·       Roger Magnusson, Professor of Health Law and Governance, Sydney Law School, University of Sydney

·       David Patterson, Program Manager/Advisor, Health Law, International Development Law Organization (IDLO)

The session will be moderated by Gian Luca Burci, Adjunct Professor, International Law,  the Graduate Institute, Geneva and Senior Fellow, Global Health Centre.


For further information, and to register your attendance via the required online portal, visit here

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​This event is hosted by the Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute Geneva

Further information:
HIGHLIGHT: New report offers global resource on using the law to improve health