Abstract: The purpose of this initiative is to research and analyze the relevant issues of health and welfare, and provide legal opinion thereon, through the observation of the trends toward which the law of international economics and trade develops. This initiative will address the following issues:
(1) Legal consultancy on the relevant issues concerning international trade, public health and welfare
The growing trend of economic globalization, accompanied by the development of trade liberalization impacted the professional field of public health, the services of medical health care, and the public welfare in countries around the world. Since Taiwan acceded into the World Trade Organization (hereinafter “WTO”) in January 2002, the WTO covered agreements, which includes but not limited to SPS, TRIPS, TBT and GATS, are legally binding upon Taiwan government, and the regulation of which may affect the domestic governance in the area of public health, health services, and the public welfare. Based on these reasons, this initiative will provide professional legal opinions so as to help the development of relevant policies.
(2) The understanding on the professional knowledge regarding the international trade, public health and welfare, and the improvement on the international development of health law
Based on the trends in international development, and the needs of the entrusting authority, this initiative will design the international and professional agenda for the up-coming “2014 Conference on Public Health and International Trade”, hoping that the tailor made agenda and the realization of these conferences may help enhance the entrusting authority and the colleagues therein the ability of understanding the relevant up-to-date international issues, and improve the development of international health law.
(3) Research and analyze the relevant issues that have been concerned by other countries, so as to respond to and keep step with the international development trend
By collecting, researching and analyzing the top issues of public health and international trade in the relevant international organizations, and providing the relevant practical advices thereon, this initiative hopes to assist the entrusting authority in the understanding of the trends in international development, and making responses toward which, so that the entrusting authority may take account of them in the realization of practices of international health affairs.