• European Environmental Health Law

      Onzivu, William (2017-06-19)
      This chapter will discuss key issues and challenges facing contemporary European environmental health law and policy. It will identify relevant legal and policy regimes as well as key drivers for promotion and protection of environmental health in Europe. It will examine the strengths and limits of evolving European legal and policy responses to the promotion and protection of environmental health. It explores prospects for optimizing health protection in Europe. In this connection, the chapter will propose regulatory options to re-invigorate the current legal and policy regimes governing environmental health at the European and domestic levels. The chapter will conclude by proposing pathways to mapping the future of environmental health law in Europe.
    • Rethinking Transnational Environmental Health Governance in Africa: Can Adaptive Governance Help?

      Onzivu, William (2016-04-25)
      This article explores options to strengthen environmental law to maximize its health impact in the developing world. A review of environmental treaties, including their domestic implementation, reveals the weak synergies between health and environmental objectives. The article advances adaptive governance as a framework for rethinking international environmental law to improve health in Africa, but argues that it has its limits. It analyses these strengths and limits in the context of evolving regional environmental health governance in Africa, and proposes four principles – environmental justice, multi-sectoral collaboration, evaluation and environmental ethics – to reinforce its potential to improve health and the environment in Africa.
    • The evolution of human rights in World Health Organization policy and the future of human rights through global health governance

      Meier, B.M.; Onzivu, William (2014)
      The World Health Organization (WHO) was intended to serve at the forefront of efforts to realize human rights to advance global health, and yet this promise of a rights-based approach to health has long been threatened by political constraints in international relations, organizational resistance to legal discourses, and medical ambivalence toward human rights. Through legal research on international treatyobligations, historical research in the WHO organizational archives, and interview research with global health stakeholders, this research examines WHO's contributions to (and, in many cases, negligence of) the rights-based approach to health. Based upon such research, this article analyzes the evolving role of WHO in the development and implementation of human rights for global health, reviews the current state of human rights leadership in the WHO Secretariat, and looks to future institutions to reclaim the mantle of human rights as a normative framework for global health governance. (C) 2013 The Royal Society for Public Health. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.