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Health and Human Rights

By: Thérèse Murphy
Media of Health and Human Rights
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Published: 02-08-2013
Format: PDF eBook (?)
Edition: 1st
Extent: 258
ISBN: 9781782251712
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Series: Human Rights Law in Perspective
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About Health and Human Rights

This book aims to bolster the burgeoning discourse of health and human rights. In so doing, it charts the history of the linkage between health and human rights. It also pinpoints the sense of imperative that surrounds this relationship. More importantly, the book identifies a series of threats and challenges facing attempts to link health and human rights and proposes how these might be addressed. Amongst other things, it asks: is conflict between risk and rights inevitable in the context of infectious disease control? Is reproductive choice a bad argument in the context of reproductive technologies? Is it sensible for human rights to make use of measurement tools such as indicators? Is the 'cost of human rights' an argument that can and should be used by proponents of human rights? The answers it gives to these questions are original and engaging and will be of great interest to a diverse audience, including scholars and policy-makers in these areas.

Table Of Contents

1. Health and Human Rights
2. Is Human Rights Prepared?
3. The Cost of Human Rights
4. A Measured Response
5. The Dignity of Choice


“The main strength of the book lies in the original approach taken to examining the diversity of health topics, the underlying themes that run throughout the book, and the overall central argument for an examination and consciousness regarding human rights legal method... this book will be of interest to human rights legal scholars and practitioners, health and medical lawyers, and also to those working on human rights methods more widely... With its refreshingly honest style of writing Health and Human Rights is scholarly, innovative and original, as well as interesting. Murphy's book encourages the human rights scholar to 'think both widely and deeply about health and human rights challenges' ( p. 19), and I recommend it as essential reading for anyone concerned with health and/or human rights.” –  Amanda Cahill-Ripley, Medical Law Review

“Engaging and very readable, it is a thought-provoking collection for human rights advocates and health activists...” –  Kate Donald, LSE Review of Books

“Murphy's book provides a thoughtful and well-researched analysis of the modern landscape of the intersection between health and human rights…an impressive and wide-ranging analysis that challenges us to think about how lawyers engage with the breadth and complexity of contemporary health and human rights.” –  Belinda Bennett, Sydney Law Review, Volume 36, Number 3, September 2014

“One certainly need not possess a comprehensive knowledge of quantitative or qualitative legal methodologies in order to profit from a reading of this book…this is a highly accomplished and original treatment of the subject-matter which is written from the heart and which is all the better for that fact…Health and Human Rights serves an important purpose, not least in posing a multitude of questions which might act as stimuli for further research…This book will act as a valuable guide for those also embarking upon this exciting intellectual journey and an impetus for groundbreaking thinking and work in the future.” –  Keith Syrett, Public Law

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