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Soft Law and Global Health Problems
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1. Framing international legal responses to global health; 2. Hard law and soft law in the global context; 3. Hard law and access to ARVs: examining intellectual property rights; 4. Hard law and access to ARVs: examining the right to health; 5. The soft approach: the Doha Declaration on Public Health; 6. The soft approach: greater access to ARVs within the United Nations; 7. Examining soft law in action: the 3 by 5 initiative and The Global Fund; 8. The case of tuberculosis and malaria; 9. Conclusion.

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A legal examination of global health governance issues relating to access to essential medicines for AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

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Sharifah Sekalala is a public international lawyer and development practitioner with experience in research and policy in resource-constrained settings. She has expertise in trade and development, and global health, with particular emphasis on the HIV/AIDS pandemic. She is also an Assistant Professor at the University of Warwick, where her research focuses on the intersection between international law and global health, particularly with regard to norms in global health financing. Previously, Sharifah worked in the International Bar Association in London and practised as an advocate in Uganda.

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'The book ... is an important contribution to a critical assessment of how well international law serves its purpose on the normative level. Using the global reaction to the global problems of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria, the author makes a strong contribution both on theoretical and empirical levels.' Sigrun Skogly, Journal of Law and Society
'In her impressive monograph Soft Law and Global Health Problems, Sharifah Sekalala offers an innovative and meticulously argued legal perspective on the struggle over intellectual property and access to essential medicines in the global south.' John Harrington, Social and Legal Studies
'The book ... is an important contribution to a critical assessment of how well international law serves its purpose on the normative level. Using the global reaction to the global problems of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria, the author makes a strong contribution both on theoretical and empirical levels.' Sigrun Skogly, Journal of Law and Society
'In her impressive monograph Soft Law and Global Health Problems, Sharifah Sekalala offers an innovative and meticulously argued legal perspective on the struggle over intellectual property and access to essential medicines in the global south.' John Harrington, Social and Legal Studies

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