Indicators as a Monitoring Tool for the Implementation of Global Health Law
Indicators are frequently used as a compliance monitoring tool in global health law, in particular as part of the law-making strategy recently developed by the World Health Organization. In fact, global health law instruments, such as the International Health Regulations (IHR), the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, and Global Codes of Practice, extensively use indicators for monitoring purposes.
The objective of this paper is to analyze this phenomenon and shed light on what seems to be a pervasive component of modern global health policies. Going through the main global health instruments affected by compliance indicators, the paper aims to offer some insights into the relationship between indicators and binding regulatory tools as well as the shifting structure of global health governance.
Mélanie Samson is a public international lawyer specializing in health law and policy. Her Ph.D. dissertation, currently under publication, focused on ―Public Health Protection and International Economic Law: Health Security under the Challenges of Globalization‖. Ms. Samson‘s areas of research and professional interest are global health law, pharmaceutical regulations, public health and international economic law. She has published on various aspects of international law and health law, including the issue of access to quality medicines in developing countries and global pharmaceutical standards