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Part IV Trade and … The New Agenda and Linkage Issues, Ch.21 Trade and Health »

Jeffery Atik
From: The Oxford Handbook of International Trade Law
Edited By: Daniel Bethlehem, Donald McRae, Rodney Neufeld, Isabelle Van Damme
Since the conclusion of the Uruguay Round, there has been significant alarm about the potential negative effect of the WTO system on the pursuit of public health goals by national governments. To a certain degree, the WTO-and-health debates mirror anxieties about the compatibility of environmental, labour, and human rights protections with WTO norms. The protection of public health is, traditionally, a responsibility of the State. Health measures embrace a variety of concerns. First and foremost, health policy involves the prevention and control of diseases....