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Spring 2019
Apr 09, 2020
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STIA 384 - Global Health, Law & Governanc
This course aims to demonstrate the importance of using law (statutory, regulatory, and, where applicable, judge-made), informed by sound technical skills in science, technology, and medicine, to achieve outcomes that advance objectives relevant for both population health and international relations. Further, it seeks to contextualize how and where law fits in the broader framework for global health governance. We will examine the wide range of public, private, and civil society players, institutions, and organizations that are involved in shaping, directing, and influencing global health programs, policies, and outcomes. 

Law can be a powerful instrument for global health at domestic, regional, and global levels. In global health, domestic and international law are interrelated and bi-directional in their impact on health and justice. Innovations in national law and policy can offer a model for other countries and regions. International law influences domestic law and policy. High-impact litigation in one jurisdiction can empower advocates in other jurisdictions to undertake similar action. Despite this, the parameters of the utility of law in global health are not clearly defined, and while some contend that “global health law” has emerged as a unique discipline – at its core, it is an amalgam of the traditional rules of international law and diplomacy combined with domestic law and policymaking. As a result, the ensuing mechanisms and actors that govern global health reflect this fluid relationship between global health and law.

This course examines law at both the domestic and the international levels, and explains how law functions as a tool to shape global health outcomes, and we will explore the practical ways in which decisions are made and implemented within the governing mechanisms of important bilateral relationships (e.g., US government and other countries) and multilateral institutions (e.g., World Health Organization, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria) that impact global health activities and outcomes. 

This course requires students to read and interpret health related legal instruments, draft legal memoranda, and craft a legal brief, advocating for a client. Additionally, we will pay special attention to the leaders, venues, instruments, politics, and processes involved in global health governance; the strategies and tactics that are pursued by those involved in governing mechanisms related to health.

Learning Outcomes
•	Understand basic concepts, players, venues, instruments, tools and processes of global health governance
•	Understand what law is – and is not – and how it impacts health outcomes at the global and domestic levels
•	Examine the roles that global health players (both inside and outside of governments) have played in shaping and addressing select global health issues
•	Provide examples of how law has been used to respond to different health issues
•	Better understand the mutually reinforcing relationship between law and science
•	Learn to read legal instruments, including case law, legislation, and treaties
•	Craft legal arguments using the available facts, science, and legal precedent to advocate for a client
•	Consider carefully and communicate persuasively how legal strategies can impact health outcomes and, conversely, how global health can be used to advance other legal objectives

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: MN or MC Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Seminar

Science, Tech, & Int'l Affairs Department

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