Journal of Bioethical Inquiry

, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp 419–428 | Cite as

Planning for Pandemics: Lessons From the Past Decade

  • Belinda BennettEmail author
  • Terry Carney
Original Research


It is now 10 years since the disease we now know as SARS—severe acute respiratory syndrome—caused more than 700 deaths around the world and made more than 8,000 people ill. More recently, in 2009 the global community experienced the first influenza pandemic of the 21st century—the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic. This paper analyses the major developments in international public health law relating to infectious diseases in the period since SARS and considers their implications for pandemic planning.


Influenza Public health laws Pandemic plans IHR (2005) 



Research for this paper was supported by an Australian Research Council Discovery grant (DP0987239). An earlier version of this paper was presented at the Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law (AABHL) conference in Sydney in July 2013. We wish to thank the reviewers of this paper for their helpful suggestions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Australian Centre for Health Law Research, Faculty of LawQueensland University of TechnologyBrisbaneAustralia
  2. 2.University of Sydney, and Visiting Research Professor, University of Technology SydneySydneyAustralia

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