LAWS6920 - Global Health Law


  • Examine how the determinants of health (e.g. pathogens, air, water, goods, and lifestyle choices) are increasingly international in origin, expanding the need for health governance structures that transcend traditional and increasingly inadequate national approaches.
  • Gain an in-depth understanding of global health law through careful examination of the major contemporary problems in global health, the principal international legal instruments governing global health, the principal international organisations, and innovative solutions for global health governance in the 21st Century.


Naturally occurring infectious diseases (e.g. extensively drug resistant tuberculosis, malaria, and HIV/AIDS), past (e.g., SARS) and future (e.g., Influenza (A) H5N1) epidemics, bioterrorism events (e.g., anthrax or smallpox), and/or major chronic diseases caused by modern lifestyles (e.g., obesity or tobacco use)


Semester 2 Intensive
15-18 July 2014

The timetable is subject to frequent changes. Please refer to the latest version of the Postgraduate Timetable.


  • 1 x 6,000-7,000 Word Essay (80%)
  • Compulsory Question (20%)


  • 1 x 3,500-4,000 Word Research Paper (50%)
  • 1 x Assignment (30%)
  • Compulsory Question (20%)


Lawrence O. Gostin, Global Health Law (Harvard University Press, March 2014)

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

You can credit this unit towards Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Units of study that are part of Sydney Law School’s Postgraduate Program meet the necessary Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) of the Law Society of New South Wales and the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements of the New South Wales Bar Association. You may complete this unit of study by enrolling on a non-degree basis or on an audit basis only with no assessment via Single Unit Study.

Courses this unit is available in

Master of Laws | Graduate Diploma in Law | Master of Global Law | Master of Law and International Development | Master of Health Law | Graduate Diploma in Health Law | Graduate Diploma in Public Health Law | Master of International Law | Graduate Diploma in International Law