1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Global Health Rights

    430 Pages
    by Routledge

    430 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book examines the idea of a fundamental entitlement to health and healthcare from a human rights perspective.

    The volume is based on a particular conceptual reasoning that balances critical thinking and pragmatism in the context of a universal right to health. Thus, the primary focus of the book is the relationship or contrast between rights-based discourse/jurisprudential arguments and real-life healthcare contexts. The work sets out the constraints that are imposed on a universal right to health by practical realities such as economic hardship in countries, lack of appropriate governance, and lack of support for the implementation of this right through appropriate resource allocation. It queries the degree to which the existence of this legally enshrined right and its application in instruments such as the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) can be more than an ephemeral aspiration but can, actually, sustain, promote, and instil good practice. It further asks if social reality and the inequalities that present themselves therein impede the implementation of laudable human rights, particularly within marginalised communities and cadres of people. It deliberates on what states and global bodies do, or could do, in practical terms to ensure that such rights are moved beyond the aspirational and become attainable and implementable. Divided into three parts, the first analyses the notion of a universal inalienable right to health(care) from jurisprudential, anthropological, legal, and ethical perspectives. The second part considers the translation of international human rights norms into specific jurisdictional healthcare contexts. With a global perspective it includes countries with very different legal, economic, and social contexts. Finally, the third part summarises the lessons learnt and provides a pathway for future action.

    The book will be an invaluable resource for students, academics, and policymakers working in the areas of health law and policy, and international human rights law.

    Table of Contents


    Part A

    Chapter 1: Clayton Ó Néill, An introduction to health rights as they apply in a global landscape

    Chapter 2: Charles Foster, Universal Declaration of Human Rights Part I: Articles 1, 2 3, 5 and 6

    Chapter 3: Jonathan Herring, Universal Declaration of Human Rights Part II: Articles 7, 12, 16, 18, 19 and 25

    Chapter 4: Clayton Ó Néill, A global right to health amid global health emergencies

    Chapter 5: Thana de Campos-Rudinsky, Global Health Rights in the Inter-American Court of Human Rights:  On the Doctrine of the Minimum Core Obligations and a Co-Responsibility to Care

    Part B

    Beginning of life and children

    Chapter 6: Zahara Nampewo, Assisted Reproductive Technologies in Uganda: Law and Practice

    Chapter 7: Clayton Ó Néill, Abortion and conscience: a crossroads for Northern Ireland

    Chapter 8: Santa Slokenberga, The standard of care and implications for paediatric decision-making: the Swedish viewpoint

    Middle of Life

    Chapter 9: Edward Lui, The right to health in Hong King: incorporation, implementation and balancing

    Chapter 10: Sushant Chandra, ‘Dignity’ in the adjudication of health rights in India

    Chapter 11: Cheluchi Onyemelukwe, Universal health coverage and the right to health in Nigeria

    Chapter 12: Naomi N Njuguna, Realising the right to health in Kenya: connecting health governance outcomes to patient safety perspectives

    Chapter 13: John Tingle, Developing an intrinsic patient safety culture in health systems: the NHS experience

    Chapter 14: Stephen King, Clinical Negligence Litigation Procedure, Policy and Practice in England: the product of a legal cycle rather than an application of a right to health? 

    Chapter 15: Helen Hughes, Patient Safety and Human Rights

    Chapter 16: Jean V McHale and Elizabeth Speakman, Fundamental rights to health care and charging overseas visitors for NHS treatment: Diversity across the the United Kingdom’s devolved jurisdictions

    Chapter 17: Lara Khoury, Public reporting, transparency and patient autonomy in the province of Quebec


    Chapter 18: Jesse Wall, Human tissue, human rights and humanity

    Chapter 19: Carsten Momsen and Mathis Schwarze, Autonomy and the right to (end one’s?) life: a German perspective

    Chapter 20: Ian Freckelton QC, End of Life Issues in Australia and New Zealand

    Chapter 21: Barbara Reich, Comparative perspectives on medical aid in dying: the United States and Canada

    Part C

    Chapter 22: Clayton Ó Néill and Charles Foster, A right to health: a right granted, agreed, but limited or denied?


    Clayton Ó Néill, LLB (Ulster), LLM (Dub), BCL (Oxon), PhD (Durham), FHEA, is a Lecturer in Law at Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland. He has published a monograph, titled Religion, Medicine and the Law (Routledge 2018).

    Charles Foster is a Visiting Professor at the University of Oxford, UK, a fellow of Green Templeton College, Oxford, a Senior Research Associate at the Uehiro Institute for Practical Ethics, Oxford, and a Research Associate at the Ethox Centre and the HeLEX Centre at the University of Oxford.

    Jonathan Herring is the DM Wolfe-Clarendon Fellow in Law at Exeter College, UK, and a Vice Dean and Professor of Law at the University of Oxford, UK.

    John Tingle is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Birmingham, UK, and a qualified Barrister. His research interests are in the areas of global and English patient safety, nursing law, and universal health coverage. He is a Visiting Professor of Law at Loyola University School of Law in Chicago, Illinois, USA.