Document Type


Publication Date

Fall 1997

Publication Citation

5 Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies 11 (1997)


In this article, Professor Fidler explains how the processes of

globalization have altered traditional distinctions between national and

international public health. Professor Fidler begins the article by

familiarizing the reader with globalization, reminding the reader that

globalization refers to the various factors that infringe upon a sovereign

state's ability to control what occurs in its territory. Next, the article defines

and discusses emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) and examines the

contributions made by globalization to the emergence and reemergence of

EIDs. The article then develops a "pathology of the globalization of public

health ", which helps the reader to understand better the relationship between

public health and globalization. Professor Fidler suggests that the current

EID crisis has made the globalization of public health a permanent feature of

international relations. In response to the challenges posed by the

globalization of public health, Professor Fidler explores three major

international relations theories-realism, liberalism, and critical international

theory--to see what lessons these theories offer about dealing with the

globalization of public health. While each theory provides insights into the

globalization of public health, he argues that the EID crisis creates serious

challenges to our traditional frameworks of understanding international