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EducationUniversity of Groningen Summer SchoolsHealth and Human Rights

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
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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

Global Health Law Groningen Research Centre
Global Health Law Groningen Research Centre
University Medical Centre Groningen
University Medical Centre Groningen
"I unreservedly recommend this summer school to anyone interested in the intersections between international law, human rights and global health law. Attending the summer school helped me appreciate why global health institutions and national governments need to adopt a human rights based approach to address the rising global burden of non-communicable disease (NCDs). The course covers the key concepts on the right to health at international law – focusing on right bearers’ entitlements and state duties. I enjoyed being taught by highly rated global health academics, many of who shared helpful insights on how global health policy is formulated by the World Health Organization and the World Health Assembly." - Kwanele, South-Africa
Last modified:05 April 2019 2.14 p.m.