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Comparative Health Law and Policy

Critical Perspectives on Nigerian and Global Health Law


Irehobhude O. Iyioha & Remigius N. Nwabueze, eds.





Health law and policy in Nigeria is an evolving and complex field of law, spanning a broad legal landscape and drawn from various sources. In addressing and interacting with these sources the volume advances research on health care law and policy in Nigeria and spells the beginning of what may now be formally termed the ’Nigerian health law and policy’ legal field. The collection provides a comparative analysis of relevant health policies and laws, such as reproductive and sexual health policy, organ donation and transplantation, abortion and assisted conception, with those in the United Kingdom, United States, Canada and South Africa. It critically examines the duties and rights of physicians, patients, health institutions and organizations, and government parastatals against the backdrop of increased awareness of rights among patient populations. The subjects, which are discussed from a legal, ethical and policy-reform perspective, critique current legislation and policies and make suggestions for reform. The volume presents a cohesive, comparative, and comprehensive analysis of the state of health law and policy in Nigeria with those in the US, Canada, South Africa, and the UK. As such, it provides a valuable comparison between Western and Non-Western countries.


‘This book is a bold and path-breaking analysis of endemic systemic challenges confronting the administration of health law and policy in Nigeria. Moreover, in magisterial essays neatly tied in by the overlapping and interconnected issues, the authors have advanced discussions on contemporary issues such as organ donation, abortion, assisted reproduction and euthanasia. The authors represent the finest in the field from Nigeria and their bravery and erudition in expertly tackling these issues deserve our thanks.’


- Ikechi Mgbeoji, Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, Canada

'This valuable, timely and comprehensive text provides Nigerian law with its worthy status in the comparative health law literature, disclosing the foundations on which Nigerian courts have developed their rich, distinctive jurisprudence. Comparisons and contrasts with laws in other English-speaking countries illuminate the interactive development of provisions in different but related legal systems, and options for future growth in each of them.'

- Bernard M. Dickens, Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, Canada

'Very rich in contextual analysis and overall persuasion, this collection brilliantly underscores the inherently comparative nature of health law and policy in developing countries but makes a compelling case for recognition of contexts and complex nuances in order to ensure that emerging health law and policies are suitable to the socio-cultural realities of countries.’

- Chidi Oguamanam, Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa, Canada




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