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Personal Crusades for Public Health

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By Katherine Macfarlane Public health in the U.S. This essay describes the cost of casting aside what is best for the public’s health in favor of individual choice, especially to those who are high-risk for serious illness or death from COVID-19. In other words, public health is a group project.

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Old Dogs and New Tricks: A Case for the Principles and Guidelines on Human Rights & Public Health Emergencies

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Despite these experiences, Kenya failed take a human rights-based approach to responding to COVID-19, as was also the case in many other countries. Deepening this challenge, the enactment of new legislation during the COVID-19 pandemic — and especially in its early stages — was near impossible.

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Reviewing Solidarity in the Principles and Guidelines on Human Rights and Public Health Emergencies

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By Eduardo Arenas Catalán The Principles and Guidelines on Human Rights and Public Health Emergencies (the Principles), entail a notable attempt to consolidate lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic. The critical notion of shared but differentiated responsibilities is thus strengthened within global public health.

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Federalizing Public Health

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By Elizabeth Weeks The most promising path forward in public health is to continue recognizing federal authority and responsibility in this space. President Biden deployed a similar approach immediately following his inauguration to address the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic through an array of federal requirements.

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Failures of Imagination in Public Health Policy

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By Daniel Swartzman If public health is to prosper, we will need to overcome the after-effects of several failures of imagination. Failing to use litigation against inadequate public health actions, as did the early civil rights and environmental movements. Failing to demand moral leadership of governmental actors.

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The End of Public Health? It’s Not Dead Yet

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By Nicole Huberfeld Once again, health law has become a vehicle for constitutional change , with courts hollowing federal and state public health authority while also generating new challenges. In administrative law disputes, a critical aspect of public health law, clear statement rules enforce separation of powers.

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Judging in the Pandemic – A Malawian Perspective

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By Zione Ntaba Malawi is not a stranger to public health crises in the last number of years, having faced a severe HIV epidemic and several cholera outbreaks continuing into 2023. Nevertheless, the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic caused a major panic in the country’s legal system and judiciary.

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