International Health Law

Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid
Jaar 2019/20
Vakcode RGMIR51306
Vaknaam International Health Law
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I b (Blok 2)

Uitgebreide vaknaam International Health Law
Leerdoelen After this course, students will be able to:
- recognize and explain the nature and scope of the various standards under international health law, as well as their relationship, their complementarity and their contradiction;
- apply these standards to a range of global health issues;
- critically reflect, evaluate and discuss the shortcomings of international law with regard to the protection of global health;
- discuss the tension between the standards under international health law with a range of trade-related standards;
- discuss the interplay between international law and domestic legislation in the field of health (eg. with regard to essential medicines);
- critically reflect and evaluate, both orally (in a presentation) and on paper (in a thesis), one specific selected health-related concern in light of international law.
Omschrijving This module focuses on international standards relevant for the protection of health. These include the standards adopted by the Wold Health Organization (WHO), human rights law, domestic health law, as well as international humanitarian law, intellectual property law and medical-ethical standards. Attention will be paid to ‘international health law’ as an emerging field of international law. Human rights law, in particular the right to health, plays an important role in this field.

Topics that will be covered (subject to change) are:
1) health security threats, including the spread of infectious diseases and man-made and natural disasters - with a particular focus on the recent ebola crisis;
2) global and domestic health inequalities and access to healthcare services and essential medicines, including the drafting of domestic legislation on essential medicines, and the position of vulnerable persons in healthcare settings, with a particular emphasis on migrants and women (reproductive health);
3) the tension between international trade and the protection of health, including the role and position of the pharmaceutical industry and of the food industry.

Students will have to study and critically reflect upon these health-related themes, in light of the relevant international standards. Specific individual or group assignments will be part of the preparations for class, which may touch on, for example, an envisaged text of a Framework Convention for Global Health and/or domestic model legislation in the field of health. Each student will have to give a presentation on a specific topic of his or her choice, in preparation of his or her individual paper.

Several guest lecturers will share their specific expertise in this course (including Professor Hans Hogerzeil from UMCG and Professor Aart Hendriks from Leiden University).
Uren per week 4
Onderwijsvorm hoorcollege
(14 2-hour lectures (gedurende het blok))
Toetsvorm paper, presentatie(s), schriftelijk (essayvragen) (digitaal indien mogelijk), schriftelijk of mondeling, afhankelijk van het aantal deelnemers
Vaksoort m5-niveau, juridisch
Coördinator prof. mr. dr. B.C.A. Toebes
Docent(en) prof. mr. dr. B.C.A. Toebes
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Research Handbook on Global Health Law; available as e-book in UG online catalogue. Discount code for hard copy: GLBU45 Burci, Toebes 9781785366536
  • This course is only accessible for students that have been fully admitted to a master's degree programme within the Faculty of Law.
  • This course is not open to non-law exchange students.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
Exchange programme 1 semester I b optional
LLM International Human Rights Law 1 semester I b compulsory
Open Colleges 1 semester I b keuze