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International Health Law (6 ECTS)

Lecturer: Dr B.C.A. Toebes

When: Block 2

Brief course description: 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, 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: health security threats (including the spread of infectious diseases and man-made and natural disasters); global and domestic health inequalities; access to healthcare services and essential medicines; health systems (health sector privatisation and corruption); the tensions between international trade and the protection of health; the role and position of the pharmaceutical industry; the position of vulnerable persons in healthcare settings; reproductive health; and medical-ethical concerns (including abortion, euthanasia and sex selection).

Teaching method: Students will have to study and critically reflect upon various 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.

Assessment: The course will be assessed on the basis of a written exam and an individual paper on a related topic of the students own choice. Both count for 50% of the final mark.

*Official course information and schedules during the academic year can be found in Ocasys.

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