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OnderwijsUniversity of Groningen Summer SchoolsHealth and Human Rights

Health and Human Rights

The Global Crisis of Noncommunicable Diseases
Health and Human Rights

Most deaths that currently occur globally are the result of ‘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 as they can ensure access to prevention, treatment and care, and address behavioural risk factors such as smoking, excess alcohol consumption, unhealthy eating and a lack of physical exercise. This summer school promotes understanding about 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 behavioural 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.

A range of key experts will give lectures in this course, including Dr. Machteld Hylkema (UMCG), Dr. Jasper Been (Erasmus MC), and Mr. David Patterson (IDLO), and Mrs. Laura Houtenbos (Dutch Cancer Society).

Dates 9 - 13 July 2018
Application Deadline 1 May 2018
Level LLB/LLM/medical students/ PhD/ Practitioners
Coordinators Prof. Brigit Toebes
Dr. Marie Elske Gispen

Practitioners: €450
PhD students: €350
BA/MA students: €350
Students coming from non-OECD countries: €350
UG students: €300


University Medical Center Groningen
University Medical Center Groningen
Global Health Law Groningen
Global Health Law Groningen
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