Ebola Postmortem: Treating the World Health Organization’s Regulatory Maladies


Lane Feler

Bulletin Note

When Ebola struck West Africa last year, it took the World Health Organization almost five months simply to declare the virus a matter of international concern.  How might the WHO better perform the role it was constituted to play as a regulatory agency post-2014?  This Bulletin Note assesses the WHO’s response to the EVD pandemic in light of its regulatory capabilities, and identifies three key institutional failures that make the WHO less effective at stopping threats to global health.


Lane Feler, Ebola Postmortem:  Treating the World Health Organization’s Regulatory Maladies, 54 Colum. J. Transnat'l L. Bulletin 13 (2015).