Global Legal Epidemiology

Global legal epidemiology (GLE) is the scientific study of international law as a factor in the cause, distribution, and promotion of health around the world. It is an emerging field that aims to produce rigorous and impactful research on the international laws, policies and norms that shape our collective health, equity and well-being. 

GLE’s interdisciplinary research team leverages economic modeling, epidemiology, and policy evaluation to evaluate the effectiveness of international legal mechanisms and generate evidence in support of the development of future treaties.

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Can Border Closures Control a Pandemic?

The rapid implementation of targeted and total border closures at the beginning of the COVID-19 lockdown in 2020 spurred frustration and confusion amidst travelers and scientific advisory councils. Did these measures have an effect on slowing the circulation of the pandemic, and were they justified…