What is ‘Right to Health’? A review

SM Towhidul Karim1

1Macquarie Law School, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

Although there is a long-standing debate in defining the meaning and scope of the term ‘right to health’, the philosophical viewpoints and international human rights law provide important insights to understand the term and its application to the present world. In order to understand the core meaning of the right, the paper has extensively reviewed and analysed the philosophical theories and examined the relevant provisions on the right to health mentioned in international instruments. The paper also explores the state’s obligation to protect and promote the right under the international human rights law.


SM TOWHIDUL KARIM is a current PhD candidate at Macquarie Law School. He is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago School of Law and also a qualified advocate of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh and member of Bangladesh Bar Council. His principal research focuses on healthcare safety, human rights and governance.

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