Global Health Governance is the management of the structural and normative aspects of the determinants and outcomes of global health.
The O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law and Georgetown University believe law plays a fundamental, yet underutilized and underdeveloped, role in providing solutions to global health challenges. By "law" we mean the statutes and regulations that express public policy as well as public institutions, including courts, legislatures and agencies, responsible for creating, implementing, and interpreting the law. The Lancet - O'Neill Institute, Georgetown University Commission on Global Health and the Law examines the vital role of law in responding to major global health challenges. The Commission will make an innovative case for the power of law to improve health while revealing the opportunities and challenges under the status quo.
This novel Commission will concern itself with the complex interaction between laws impacting health at the national, regional, and international levels: (1) identifying evidence-based means by which law can contribute to improved health and safety outcomes; (2) enhancing the ways in which health and safety are taken prioritized in law and policy; and (3) examining how international organizations, governing processes, and instruments can support, reinforce, and incentivize countries' development of domestic laws to improve their public's health and safety.