The world’s first public health treaty, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) expresses the “concern of the international community about the devastating worldwide health, social, economic, and environmental consequences of tobacco consumption and exposure to tobacco smoke.” However, the treaty lacks any enforcement mechanisms and its structure focuses on state behavior while struggling to deal with the impact that multi-national corporations have on the tobacco industry. As the treaty has reached its 10th year in force, a growing number of global health and international law experts are advocating for the use of the United Nation’s human rights system as a mechanism for its enforcement. But does that system represent the best model for achieving the treaty’s goals? Which rights would be implicated? What specific human rights enforcement systems would be best suited to any particular case? A panel of international law and global health experts will address these questions and examine progress being made in the Inter-American system and around the world.
- Oscar Cabrera, executive director, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University Law Center
- Laurent Huber, executive director, Action on Smoking and Health
- Carlos Vasquez, professor, Georgetown University Law Center; member, United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
This event is cosponsored by ASIL and Action on Smoking and Health.
Date and Location
2223 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.
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