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Trade and health

Trade and health © © enanuchit / FotoliaEdited by Arne Ruckert, Ashley Schram and Ronald Labonté

Globalization and Health invites you to submit to our new article collection on the health implications of trade.

Interest in the health implications and impact of liberalized trade and investment agreements has grown significantly since creation of the World Trade Organization in 1995, and the later proliferation of regional and bilateral agreements. This collection is interested in articles that span a range of health and trade issues, examining empirically and theoretically how our new regimes of economic liberalization create some benefit, but portend new risks, for global public health. The collection begins with a retrospective commentary on articles published between 2006 and 2018. The articles discussed in this commentary have also been included in the collection. New contributions to the journal will continue to be added to this series, creating a singular venue for readers interested in how trade and investment treaties are reshaping health environments, and the politics and economics that, in turn, shape the treaties themselves.

This collection is open for submissions of review articles, research, debate articles and commentaries, which would undergo the journal’s normal peer review process and be subject to an article-processing charge. Manuscripts should be formatted according to our submission guidelines and submitted via the online submission system. In the submission system please make sure that the correct collection title is chosen at the 'Additional Information' step. Please also indicate clearly in the covering letter that the manuscript is to be considered for this collection.

  1. It is widely accepted that intellectual property legal requirements such as patents and data exclusivity can affect access to medicines, but to date there has not been a comprehensive review of the empirical e...

    Authors: Brigitte Tenni, Hazel V. J. Moir, Belinda Townsend, Burcu Kilic, Anne-Maree Farrell, Tessa Keegel and Deborah Gleeson
    Citation: Globalization and Health 2022 18:40
  2. The United States requires a patent linkage system in other countries as part of free trade agreements. However, introducing a patent linkage system could be a significant barrier to the timely approval of gen...

    Authors: Nahye Choi, Kyung-Bok Son, Joonsoo Byun and Dong-Wook Yang
    Citation: Globalization and Health 2022 18:34
  3. While there is a growing body of legally-focused analyses exploring the potential restrictions on public health policy space due to international trade rules, few studies have adopted a more politically-inform...

    Authors: Penelope Milsom, Richard Smith, Simon Moeketsi Modisenyane and Helen Walls
    Citation: Globalization and Health 2022 18:32
  4. Papua New Guinea (PNG) experienced positive GDP growth at approximately 4.3% per year during the last decade. With increases in overall wealth within the country, PNG is facing a double burden of malnutrition:...

    Authors: Emily Schmidt and Peixun Fang
    Citation: Globalization and Health 2021 17:135
  5. Public health concerns relating to international investment liberalization have centred on the potential for investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS)-related regulatory chill. However, the broader political an...

    Authors: Penelope Milsom, Richard Smith, Phillip Baker and Helen Walls
    Citation: Globalization and Health 2021 17:134
  6. As African governments take measures to enhance international trade and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) inflows, a major concern is that, these measures can make Africa more vulnerable to the strategies of the...

    Authors: Mustapha Immurana, Micheal Kofi Boachie and Kwame Godsway Kisseih
    Citation: Globalization and Health 2021 17:122
  7. Regulation of food environments is needed to address the global challenge of poor nutrition, yet policy inertia has been a problem. A common argument against regulation is potential conflict with binding commi...

    Authors: Kelly Garton, Boyd Swinburn and Anne Marie Thow
    Citation: Globalization and Health 2021 17:118
  8. A large body of literature exists on trade liberalisation and the ways in which trade agreements can affect food systems. However, the systematic and objective monitoring of these and their impact on national ...

    Authors: Amerita Ravuvu, Joe Pakoa Lui, Adolphe Bani, Anna Wells Tavoa, Raymond Vuti and Si Thu Win Tin
    Citation: Globalization and Health 2021 17:107
  9. Trade and health scholars have raised concern that international trade and particularly investment disputes may be used by transnational health harmful commodity corporations (THCCs) to effectively generate pu...

    Authors: Penelope Milsom, Richard Smith, Simon Moeketsi Modisenyane and Helen Walls
    Citation: Globalization and Health 2021 17:104
  10. Transparency and accountability are essential components at all stages of the trade negotiation process. This study evaluates the extent to which these principles were upheld in the United States’ public consu...

    Authors: Anna S. Y. Wong, Clarke B. Cole and Jillian C. Kohler
    Citation: Globalization and Health 2021 17:92
  11. The Regional Economic Partnership Agreement (RCEP) is a mega regional trade agreement signed by fifteen countries on 15 November 2020 after 8 years of negotiation. Signatories include the ten members of the As...

    Authors: Belinda Townsend
    Citation: Globalization and Health 2021 17:78
  12. There is an extensive body of research demonstrating that trade and globalisation can have wide-ranging implications for health. Robust governance is key to ensuring that health, social justice and sustainabil...

    Authors: May C. I. van Schalkwyk, Pepita Barlow, Gabriel Siles-Brügge, Holly Jarman, Tamara Hervey and Martin McKee
    Citation: Globalization and Health 2021 17:61
  13. The emergence of SARS-CoV-2 mutants might lead to European border closures, which impact on trade and result in serious economic losses. In April 2020, similar border closures were observed during the first SA...

    Authors: Florian Gehre, Hakim Lagu, Emmanuel Achol, Michael Katende, Jürgen May and Muna Affara
    Citation: Globalization and Health 2021 17:49
  14. We present a systematic review describing ex-ante and ex-post evaluations of the impacts of intellectual property provisions in trade treaties on access to medicine in low and middle income countries. These ev...

    Authors: Md. Deen Islam, Warren A. Kaplan, Danielle Trachtenberg, Rachel Thrasher, Kevin P. Gallagher and Veronika J. Wirtz
    Citation: Globalization and Health 2019 15:88
  15. Trade and investment agreements negotiated after the World Trade Organization’s Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) have included increasingly elevated protection of inte...

    Authors: Deborah Gleeson, Joel Lexchin, Ronald Labonté, Belinda Townsend, Marc-André Gagnon, Jillian Kohler, Lisa Forman and Kenneth C. Shadlen
    Citation: Globalization and Health 2019 15(Suppl 1):78

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 15 Supplement 1

  16. In 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) Expert Committee approved the addition of 16 cancer medicines to the WHO Model List of Essential Medicines (EML), bringing the total number of cancer medicines on t...

    Authors: Sangita M. Baxi, Reed Beall, Joshua Yang and Tim K. Mackey
    Citation: Globalization and Health 2019 15:57
  17. In late 2018 the United States, Canada, and Mexico signed a new trade agreement (most commonly referred to by its US-centric acronym, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA) to replace the 1994 No...

    Authors: Ronald Labonté, Eric Crosbie, Deborah Gleeson and Courtney McNamara
    Citation: Globalization and Health 2019 15:35

    The Correction to this article has been published in Globalization and Health 2019 15:44

  18. A key component of ‘obesogenic environments’ is the ready availability of convenient, calorie-dense foods, in the form of hyper-palatable and relatively inexpensive ultra-processed products. Compelling evidenc...

    Authors: Fabrizio Ferretti and Michele Mariani
    Citation: Globalization and Health 2019 15:30
  19. There has been growing interest in understanding the role of agricultural trade policies in diet and nutrition. This cross-country study examines associations between government policies on agricultural trade ...

    Authors: Kafui Adjaye-Gbewonyo, Sebastian Vollmer, Mauricio Avendano and Kenneth Harttgen
    Citation: Globalization and Health 2019 15:21

    The Correction to this article has been published in Globalization and Health 2019 15:28

  20. Unhealthy dietary patterns have in recent decades contributed to an endemic-level burden from non-communicable disease (NCDs) in high-income countries. In low- and middle-income countries rapid changes in diet...

    Authors: Soledad Cuevas García-Dorado, Laura Cornselsen, Richard Smith and Helen Walls
    Citation: Globalization and Health 2019 15:15
  21. A key mechanism through which globalization has impacted health is the liberalization of trade and investment, yet relatively few studies to date have used quantitative methods to investigate the impacts of gl...

    Authors: Krycia Cowling, Anne Marie Thow and Keshia Pollack Porter
    Citation: Globalization and Health 2018 14:53
  22. Regional trade agreements are major international policy instruments that shape macro-economic and political systems. There is widespread debate as to whether and how these agreements pose risks to public heal...

    Authors: Pepita Barlow, Martin McKee, Sanjay Basu and David Stuckler
    Citation: Globalization and Health 2017 13:13
  23. Free trade agreements (FTAs) can affect food environments and non-communicable disease risks through altering the availability of highly-processed foods. Few studies have quantified such effects. Using a natur...

    Authors: Phillip Baker, Sharon Friel, Ashley Schram and Ron Labonte
    Citation: Globalization and Health 2016 12:24
  24. Trade and investment liberalization may facilitate the spread of sugar-sweetened carbonated beverages (SSCBs), products associated with increased risk factors for obesity, type II diabetes, and cardiovascular ...

    Authors: Ashley Schram, Ronald Labonte, Phillip Baker, Sharon Friel, Aaron Reeves and David Stuckler
    Citation: Globalization and Health 2015 11:41
  25. Trade and investment liberalization (trade liberalization) can promote or harm health. Undoubtedly it has contributed, although unevenly, to Asia’s social and economic development over recent decades with resu...

    Authors: Phillip Baker, Adrian Kay and Helen Walls
    Citation: Globalization and Health 2014 10:66
  26. Trade poses risks and opportunities to public health nutrition. This paper discusses the potential food-related public health risks of a radical new kind of trade agreement: the Trans Pacific Partnership agree...

    Authors: Sharon Friel, Deborah Gleeson, Anne-Marie Thow, Ronald Labonte, David Stuckler, Adrian Kay and Wendy Snowdon
    Citation: Globalization and Health 2013 9:46
  27. There is an emerging evidence base that global trade is linked with the rise of chronic disease in many low and middle-income countries (LMICs). This linkage is associated, in part, with the global diffusion o...

    Authors: Ronald Labonté, Katia S Mohindra and Raphael Lencucha
    Citation: Globalization and Health 2011 7:21
  28. In a "nutrition transition", the consumption of foods high in fats and sweeteners is increasing throughout the developing world. The transition, implicated in the rapid rise of obesity and diet-related chronic...

    Authors: Corinna Hawkes
    Citation: Globalization and Health 2006 2:4