Influenza A(H1N1) and Pandemic Preparedness Under the Rule of International Law

Following on Sergio Stone’s post of this past April 29 — The Swine Flu Outbreak and International has very helpfully posted a link to Georgetown University Law Center (GULC) Professor Lawrence O. Gostin’s recent (July), valuable research paper “Influenza A (H1N1) and Pandemic Preparedness Under the Rule of International Law,” 301(22) JAMA 2376-2378 (2009), which analyzes Word Health Organization (WHO) powers and resourcesĀ  including the GlobalĀ  Alert and Response (GAR) system and the International Health Regulations (IHR), as well as the powers and resources of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Gostin reportedly finds that even though response to H1N1 so far has been strong, the WHO and CDC need more authority and resources to deal with pandemic threats under the rule of international law.