The influence of the rulings of the constitutional court on the development of health law in Lithuania

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This article highlights some recent developments in the constitutional doctrine of the right to health care in Lithuania, and more in particular the impact of the decisions of the Constitutional Court of Lithuania on the development of health law. The right to health care, enshrined in the Constitution, is both an obligation of the state and an individual right. The Constitutional Court has developed a doctrine of the right to health care, as well a doctrine of certain other constitutional social rights, which is based on the understanding of the close interrelation between the different constitutional rights, the principle of indivisibility and equal importance of these rights, and the presumption of justiciability of social rights. The analysis is based on the jurisprudence of the Constitutional Court. Two cases on the disputes of the legal regulation concerning the pharmaceutical activities are presented in more detail.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)321-333
Number of pages13
JournalEuropean Journal of Health Law
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2007



  • Constitutional right to health care
  • Health law
  • Information and advertising of medicines
  • Jurisprudence of the constitutional court of Lithuania
  • Pharmaceutical activities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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