International Health Law

Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid
Jaar 2022/23
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 standards, domestic health law, as well as related fields of international law, for example international trade law. 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.

Broad themes that will be covered are:
a) Introduction to the international standards protecting health; introduction to international (global) health law
b) the role of human rights in healthcare, health promotion and prevention
Specific themes (subject to change):
1) Infectious disease control, including the regulation of vaccination, with a case study of Covid-19
2) Regulation of risk factors for noncommunicable chronic diseases including cancer and diabetes, i.e. smoking, unhealthy diets and excessive use of alcohol
3) Indoor and outdoor air pollution
4) Mental health
5) Reproductive health, including the regulation of modern reproductive technologies, and abortion
6) Euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide
7) Children's rights in healthcare

In relation to these themes, the course also focuses on international and domestic lawmaking.

Several guest lecturers will share their specific expertise in this course.
Uren per week 4
Onderwijsvorm hoorcollege
(14 2-hour lectures (gedurende het blok). Aanwezigheid verplicht.)
Toetsvorm presentatie(s), schriftelijk (essayvragen) (digitaal), 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
International Human Rights Law Case Law Compendium Hallo de Wolf; Toebes
Main source:
Health and Human Rights in Europe (2nd ed. Intersentia, 2022)
Toebes, Hartlev, Hendriks, Sinding Aasen, O'Cathaoir, Rothmar Herrmann 9781839700576 ca. €  45,00
Research Handbook on Global Health Law; available as e-book in UG online catalogue. Discount code for hard copy: GLBU45 Burci, Toebes 9781785366536 ca. €  45,00
  • 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 Law 1 semester I b optional
LLM International Human Rights Law 1 semester I b compulsory
Open Colleges 1 semester I b keuze