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Litigating Health Rights: Can Courts Bring More Justice to Health?
edited by Alicia Ely Yamin and Siri Gloppen
contributions by Lise Rakner, Mindy Jane Roseman, Namita Wahi, Bruce M. Wilson, Paola Bergallo, Octavio Luiz Motta Ferraz, Roberto Gargarella, Ottar Maestad, Ole Fritjof Norheim, Sharanjeet Parmar and Oscar Parra-Vera
Harvard University Press, 2011
eISBN: 978-0-9861062-6-2 | Paper: 978-0-9796395-5-5
Library of Congress Classification K3601.L578 2011
Dewey Decimal Classification 344.0321


The last fifteen years have seen a tremendous growth in the number of health rights cases focusing on issues such as access to health services and essential medications. This volume examines the potential of litigation as a strategy to advance the right to health by holding governments accountable for these obligations. It includes case studies from Costa Rica, South Africa, India, Brazil, Argentina and Colombia, as well as chapters that address cross-cutting themes.

The authors analyze what types of services and interventions have been the subject of successful litigation and what remedies have been ordered by courts. Different chapters address the systemic impact of health litigation efforts, taking into account who benefits both directly and indirectly—and what the overall impacts on health equity are.

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