Trade, foreign policy, diplomacy and health

7. International Law

David P Fidler


4. Financing international legal regimes

  • GPGH production requires resourcing
  • Developing countries require technical and financial assistance to participate effectively in regimes seeking to produce GPGH
  • Developing countries often voiceless as new procedures and rules set
  • Member states chronically under-fund WHO

The production of GPGH requires resourcing. IGOs have to be funded. Diplomatic negotiations to adopt new procedures and rules are expensive endeavours. National laws and policies have to be changed in light of substantive duties contained in treaties. Developing countries require technical and financial assistance to participate effectively in regimes seeking to produce GPGH. Financial woes plague the use of international law to produce GPGH.

Member states chronically under-fund the WHO. Developing countries complain that the cost of participating in negotiations for new regimes or the revision of existing regimes is prohibitive, leaving them voiceless as new procedures and rules are set. Developing countries also routinely complain that technical and financial assistance promised in some international legal regimes arrives in inadequate amounts, with too many strings attached, or not at all. As with priority setting, the use of international law for the production of GPGH is hostage to states deciding and agreeing to spend the financial sums necessary to sustain the international legal regime over the long-term.

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