Public Talk: Global Legal Epidemiology

Global Legal Epidemiology: Developing a Science Around Whether, When and How International Law Can Address Global Challenges

Introducing a pioneering approach to ‘global legal epidemiology’, Prof Steven Hoffman will discuss legal mechanisms available for coordinating international responses to transnational problems, their prospects, and their challenges.  Global legal epidemiology is the scientific study of international law as a factor in the cause, distribution, and promotion of outcomes around the world. It involves evaluating the effectiveness of international legal mechanisms on the basis of their quantifiable effects and drawing implications for the development of future treaties. 

Prof Hoffman will draw on examples from public health, including tobacco control and antimicrobial resistance, identifying wider lessons for potential international treaties in other domains such as the environment, human rights and trade. 

Venue: Lecture Theatre, Oxford Martin School, 34 Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BD