International Law Has a Role to Play in Addressing Antibiotic Resistance

Steven J. Hoffman, John Arne Røttingen, Julio Frenk

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If an international legal agreement is needed for any of today's global health challenges, it would be antibiotic resistance (ABR). This challenge is transnational, its solution justifies coercion, tangible benefits are likely to be achieved, and other commitment mechanisms have thus far not been successful. Since addressing ABR depends on near-universal and interdependent collective action across sectors, states should utilize an international legal agreement - which formally represents the strongest commitment mechanism available to them.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)65-67
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Law, Medicine and Ethics
Issue numberS3
StatePublished - Jun 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects
  • Health Policy


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