Governing the Global Antimicrobial Commons: Introduction to Special Issue Academic Article uri icon

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  • AbstractAntimicrobial resistance is one of the greatest public health crises of our time. The natural biological process that causes microbes to become resistant to antimicrobial drugs presents a complex social challenge requiring more effective and sustainable management of the global antimicrobial commons—the common pool of effective antimicrobials. This special issue of Health Care Analysis explores the potential of two legal approaches—one long-term and one short-term—for managing the antimicrobial commons. The first article explores the lessons for antimicrobial resistance that can be learned from recent climate change agreements, and the second article explores how existing international laws can be adapted to better support global action in the short-term.


  • Hoffman, Steven
  • Savulescu, Julian
  • Giubilini, Alberto
  • Kirchhelle, Claas
  • Rogers Van Katwyk, Susan
  • Weldon, Isaac
  • Campus, Brooke
  • Harrison, Mark
  • Maslen, Hannah
  • McLean, Angela

publication date

  • March 31, 2020