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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Public Health, International Cooperation

Makane Moïse Mbengue

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 15 December 2019


Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 For many centuries, States were mainly concerned with protecting their territory against pestilence brought to their shores. It was only under the urge of the cholera outbreak in Europe between 1848 and 1850 that the first efforts were achieved to foster international co-operation in maritime quarantine. In this context, 1851 is a cornerstone year for public health (see also Health, Right to, International Protection). For the first time, infectious diseases control became a matter of inter-State concern. At that time, willing to deal with the legal vacuum...
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