[Publications] - Call for Submissions: Special Issue on Proposed Framework Convention on Global Health
Call for Submissions: Special Issue on Proposed Framework Convention on Global Health
Deadline for submission: 20 August 2012
Health and Human Rights, a peer-reviewed open access journal under the editorship of Partners in Health co-founder Paul Farmer, is published semi-annually, with new issues released in June and December. From 2012, selected papers in press are available prior to issue publication, thereby fast-tracking access to new research and enabling authors to cite their work. Submissions are welcomed at any time.
Health and Human Rights will be publishing a special issue in June 2013 on a proposed Framework Convention on Global Health (FCGH). An FCGH would be based in the right to health and aimed at reducing national and global health inequities. It would ensure universal health coverage, establish a framework for sufficient and sustained funding, improve accountability, raise the priority of health in other legal regimes, and meet major challenges in global governance for health, such as poor coordination. For more information, please see the website for the Joint Action and Learning Initiative on National and Global Responsibilities for Health (JALI): http://www.jalihealth.org/
Abstracts for proposed articles are due to firstname.lastname@example.org by August 20, 2012.
Original articles (research, commentary, and analysis) suitable for scholarly peer review are invited (3,500–7,000 words). In addition to research papers, they seek manuscripts that emerge from and reflect on practical efforts for the realization of social and economic rights (up to 7,000 words). The form and style of these pieces is flexible, but they should be of genuine relevance to people engaged in related work. All papers will be peer reviewed.
Guest editors for this special issue of Health and Human Rights will be Alicia Ely Yamin (FXB Center, Harvard School of Public Health), Mark Heywood (SECTION27), Adila Hassim (SECTION27), Lawrence Gostin (O’Neill Institute, Georgetown University Law Center), Gorik Ooms (Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp), and Eric Friedman (O’Neill Institute, Georgetown University Law Center).
For this special issue on the FCGH, Health and Human Rights welcomes articles that explore how the FCGH could advance realization of the right to health. They are particularly interested in articles on (1) how to more precisely define and measure central elements of the right to health, and social and economic rights more broadly (e.g., maximum of available resources, highest attainable standard of health, core obligations, international assistance and cooperation), to create greater clarity on national and global right to health responsibilities; (2) the obligations that non-state actors, particularly transnational entities, should have under the right to health, and how these obligations should be enforced; (3) strategies (especially ones that are scalable) to build right to health knowledge among communities and enable people to effectively claim and secure the right for themselves, their communities, and the entire population; (4) successful strategies to improving national health equity, including improving health particularly among women and poor, disadvantaged, or otherwise marginalized populations; (5) how the right to health could inform national and international health financing obligations, including the process of setting the targets; (6) evidence of how a right to health approach can contribute to improved health outcomes; (7) how non-health legal regimes can undermine the right to health, and laws, strategies, and other measures that could prevent these harms; and (8) the appropriate role and responsibilities of global institutions in advancing the right to health.
Authors are encouraged, where appropriate, to relate these issues to an FCGH: how they might be incorporated into the treaty, or inform advocacy for it.
They are also interested in articles exploring obstacles to an FCGH and how to overcome them, as well as incentives, sanctions, and other strategies that would improve compliance with an FCGH. They especially welcome articles that propose innovative solutions and that offer analysis and recommendations on how aspects of the right to health might be re-conceived to more effectively secure the right and close health inequities.
The editors also invite short letters, brief research or fieldwork summaries, and short opinion or perspective essays (up to 2,500 words) for publication as "Letters to the Editor." These might also include short country case studies on obstacles to realizing the right to health and how a global health treaty could help, as well as innovative approaches to addressing the right to health and community and national levels that the FCGH might promote or incorporate. These pieces might also be published separately on the Health and Human Rights blog.
For specific format details, please see "Author Guidelines." Authors may also wish to consult a more complete list of JALI’s research questions at: http://www.jalihealth.org/research/index.html . JALI has expressed interest in publishing on the JALI website selected articles that result from this call for submissions that space limitations or other constraints may prevent us from including in the June 2013 issue of Health and Human Rights.
Please submit abstracts to email@example.com by August 20.
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