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Cullet, Philippe and Bhullar, Lovleen (2022) 'The Regulation of Planetary Health Challenges: A Co-Benefits Approach for AMR and WASH.' Environmental Policy and Law, 52 (3/4). pp. 289-299.

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Abstract: Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) represents a global public health challenge. It has been examined through various angles, but the link between AMR and access to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) or lack thereof has received little attention. Both AMR and WASH relate directly to the realization of the rights to health, water, and sanitation. In addition, both can affect the enjoyment of the right to the environment. AMR is particularly complex from a rights perspective. Access to medicines contributes significantly to the realization of the right to health. At the same time, AMR affects the poorer sections of society who have disproportionately less access to medicines and to WASH. Rights, equality and justice should thus be at the centre of the development and implementation of law and policy concerning AMR and WASH. As we celebrate 50 years of international environmental law, it is crucial to ask some hard questions concerning the inter-sectional and cross-sectoral dimensions of AMR and WASH from the point of view of rights, equality, and justice. Linking the two would bring various co-benefits that the prevailing silo mentality has prevented.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: AMR, WASH, regulatory framework, human rights, common concerns, inequality, co-benefits
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Law
School Research Centres > Law, Environment and Development Centre
ISSN: 0378777X
Copyright Statement: This is the version of the article/chapter accepted for publication in Environmental Policy and Law, 52 (3), published by IOS Press. Re-use is subject to the publisher’s terms and conditions
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Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2022 14:28

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