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Human Rights in Global HealthRights-Based Governance for a Globalizing World$
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Benjamin Mason Meier and Lawrence O. Gostin

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190672676

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190672676.001.0001

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The Evolution of Applying Human Rights Frameworks to Health

The Evolution of Applying Human Rights Frameworks to Health

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(p.43) 2 The Evolution of Applying Human Rights Frameworks to Health
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Human Rights in Global Health
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Alicia Ely Yamin

Andrés Constantin

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190672676.003.0003

This chapter explores the evolution and struggles of the “health and human rights movement,” focusing particularly on relevant developments in health and international law that enabled greater attention to the right to health. It discusses the evolution of human rights-based approaches (HRBAs) to health, which extended these legal concepts into the domains of development and social policy. Over twenty years after it began to take shape, the “health and human rights” field is not one discipline but many. This cluster of related work now faces the new challenges of a precariously constructed international normative scaffolding, the rising complexities of moving from constitutional norms to effective enjoyment in practice at the national level, and the potential danger of HRBAs being reduced to technocratic formulas and emptied of their subversive potential.

Keywords:   global health, human rights, health-related rights, HRBAs, development agendas, international law, social justice

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