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Aletta Jacobs School of Public Health

Together for more healthy years
Aletta Jacobs School of Public Health Education Summer Schools

Health and Human Rights

The role of law in addressing the chronic disease pandemic

Dates and location 8 - 12 July 2019, Groningen, the Netherlands
Fees LLB/LLM/medical students/ PhD/Postdoc : € 500
Practitioners: 650
University Groningen students: 300
Accommodation: 245
Level LLB/LLM/medical students/PhD/Postdoc/Practitioners
Coordinators Prof. Brigit Toebes
Dr. Marie Elske Gispen
Meaghan Beyer, LLM

Most deaths that currently occur globally are the result of chronic or ‘non-communicable’ diseases, in particular cardiovascular diseases, most cancers, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes. Although medical science plays an important role in reducing these diseases, law and policy are also crucial. In particular, they can ensure access to prevention, treatment and care, and address behavioral risk factors such as smoking, excess alcohol consumption, unhealthy eating and a lack of physical exercise.

This summer school will promote an understanding of how law and policy can best be framed to address the global increase in chronic diseases. Taking a human rights approach, key focus areas include securing equitable access to essential medicines, as well as possibilities to regulate behavioral risk factors, in particular smoking and unhealthy diets. Through interactive teaching methods, and against the backdrop of insights from health science, participants will enhance their understanding of how human rights and domestic law come into play, and how a global and domestic response can best be defined and implemented.


Prof. Brigit Toebes
Dr. Marie Elske Gispen
Meaghan Beyer, LLM
Natalie Schuck, LLM
Other lecturers TBC

Last modified:20 December 2019 11.01 a.m.