Bioterrorism, Public Health and the Law 
Law 801: Health Care Law Seminar
Professor Vernellia R. Randall

WHO Recommendations for Dealing with Bioterrorism


Lesson Schedule
00: Intro to the Course
01: Intro to the Problem
02: Public Health System
03: Real Threat?
04: Public Health Law
05: Disease-Reporting
06: Quarantine
07: Model Act
08: Military Presence
09: Health Law Revisited


Francine M. Guesnier, 

excerpted Francine M. Guesnier, World Trade Center Attacks: Fears of Biological Warfare Stand in the Wake, 2001 Colorado Journal of International Environmental Law and Policy 181-190, 189 (2001) (70 Footnotes Omitted)

While the resolutions passed by the Council dealt with the threat of terrorism generally, the WHO also suggests implementing plans in each nation that respond directly to bioterrorist attacks. In its report, the WHO makes several practical recommendations on how create such plans:

Public health authorities and other parts of government should create contingency plans in the event of a deliberate release of biological agents against civilians;

Standard risk-management principles should be adopted, beginning with an assessment of the relative priority deliberate releases should be accorded in comparison with other public health dangers;

Public health infrastructure in nations should be strengthened;

Channels for international assistance, such as the WHO, should be identified;

States should actively participate in multilateral regimes such as the BWC where international assistance and support is available to all countries which are Member States;

All states should fully implement the BWC and promote in education and professional training the ethical principles that underlie the Convention, and support measures that would build upon their implementation.

The topic of bioterrorism is still evolving within the context of international law. However, implementation of the suggestions made by the WHO can be a practical first step towards the creation of international policy on the prevention of bioterrorism. Furthermore, by incorporating the recommendations of the WHO into formal policy, states can be better prepared in the event a bioterrorist attack should occur.

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