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Law and Health

The Open Society Foundations promote societies in which the rule of law and respect for human rights safeguard the health of all, especially the most vulnerable. This includes people living with HIV or tuberculosis, people needing palliative care, people who use drugs, people with disabilities, prisoners, ethnic minorities, sex workers, and sexual minorities.

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A Win for Victims of Forced Sterilization in Namibia

In a ruling that could have implications throughout Africa, Namibia’s highest court ruled that public hospitals violated the rights of five women by sterilizing them without their informed consent.

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Four Laws That Are Devastating Public Health in Uganda

For Ugandan lawmakers, it seems the best cure for a public health problem is a draconian prison sentence.

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Count the Costs of the “War on Drugs”  

Representatives from a coalition of rights-based organizations discuss their call for a new approach to United Nations drug policy.

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Combining Litigation with Social Mobilization: Pitfalls and Possibilities

Two of South Africa’s most recognized legal activists talk about using the law to campaign for the human rights of people living with HIV.

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Four Key Lessons from Teaching Human Rights for Health

For seven years, Open Society has joined medical and law schools to develop 25 courses on human rights and patient care. Here's what it takes to support new generations of rights-respecting health and legal practitioners.

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University Law Clinics and the Growing Demand for EU Law

EU law affects the lives of virtually everyone living and working in the European Union, but not enough public interest lawyers specialize in this field. Clinical legal education seeks to close the gap.