International Trade and Health A Reference Guide

International Trade and Health A Reference Guide

World Health Organization, 2009

http://www.searo.who.int/LinkFiles/IPT_ITH.pdf

Includes a nice glossary of international trade terms.

From the introduction:

SPS, TRIPS, trade-distorting subsidies, Doha Paragraph Six …  The language of trade and health is specialized and may seem obscure. But though the language may be daunting, international trade agreements now being negotiated affect all of us, and health professionals in particular need to master the terminology if they are to participate in the national debate on trade and health. This reference guide consists of a basic dictionary of selected terms and several briefing notes that elaborate some of the issues.

As well as the dictionary and briefing notes developed by WHO headquarters or regional offices, this reference guide also includes selected resolutions bearing on public health, intellectual property and/or international trade. These materials, many already published in other forms, are brought together for the first time in one place.

The guide is intended as a starting point for those interested in but not familiar with the trade and health area. Further reading sections are included at the end of most briefing notes.

Asian AIDS Law Database

Asia Catalyst has launched the Asian AIDS Law Database

http://www.yazhoudiaocha.com/laws/

From the description and press release

This database presents and links to English-language information about HIV/AIDS-related statutes from countries in Asia. Chinese-language information is provided where available. The database is a

free, user-friendly resource, searchable in Chinese and English, to help researchers to find HIV/AIDS-related statutes throughout Asia. It is the first database exclusively dedicated to this purpose. The database has over 100 records, ranging from Cambodia’s draft law on drug control to the national policy on HIV/AIDS of Bangladesh. 

Asia Catalyst is a US-based resource for grassroots organizations working on HIV/AIDS in Asia.

hat tip : Professor Donald Clarke

The Swine Flu Outbreak and International Law

American Society of International Law has released an ASIL Insight on the Swine Flu, which includes a handy description of WHO pandemic phases.

 

The Swine Flu Outbreak and International Law

April 27, 2009

by David P. Fidler

David P. Fidler, an ASIL member, is the James Louis Calamaras Professor of Law and Director of the Center on American and Global Security at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Bloomington

 

http://www.asil.org/insights090427.cfm