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Global Health Diplomacy: The Ethical and Legal Implications on the Protection of Health Workers

dc.contributor.advisor Kirshner, Alexander Davis, Emily 2019-04-25T17:24:51Z 2019-04-25T17:24:51Z 2019-03-01
dc.description.abstract In an era of globalization, health is political. The politicization of health can best be analyzed by focusing on global health diplomacy (GHD), a term that describes the utilization of health investments to forward foreign policy goals. GHD has major implications for how we think about the protections for health workers under both just war theory and international law, as the majority of existing protections require health workers to maintain a level of impartiality. Currently, it is not clear how GHD impacts these protections. I argue that the increasing politicization of health most severely impacts the classification of health workers as liable or non-liable targets. Building off Michael Walzer’s classic approach to just war theory, I contend that health workers should be classified as non-combatants. In my analysis of the existing legal framework, I found that GHD also causes health workers to forfeit some legal protections. To protect health workers during armed conflicts, I argue that states should limit the connection between foreign policy and health and be more transparent about the reasoning behind investments in specific health initiatives. States might also seek UN approval for health workers, giving those workers greater legal protection.
dc.language.iso en
dc.subject global health diplomacy
dc.subject just war theory
dc.subject international law
dc.subject health workers
dc.subject Michael Walzer
dc.subject medicine in conflict
dc.title Global Health Diplomacy: The Ethical and Legal Implications on the Protection of Health Workers
dc.type Honors thesis
dc.department Political Science
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