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.
Date: 2 October 2018, 17:30 (Tuesday, 0th week, Michaelmas 2018)
Venue: Oxford Martin School, 34 Broad Street OX1 3BD
Venue Details: Seminar Room 1
Speaker: Professor Steven J. Hoffman (Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Global Strategy Lab at the University of Ottawa)
Organising department: Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics
Organiser: Professor Julian Savulescu (Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics)
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Host: Professor Julian Savulescu (Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics)
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Cost: Free
Audience: Public
Editor: Rachel Gaminiratne