Litigating Health Rights
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 book 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.
Siri Gloppen is a professor in political science at UiB and senior researcher at CMI.
Alicia Ely Yamin is a lawyer and political scientist. She is associate senior researcher at CMI and adjunct lecturer at Harvard University.