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Past events

  • 30 May 2018: Preconference seminar on Comparisons of Dutch and Chinese health laws and systems in light of human rights. For more info contact:

  • 6 June 2018: Seminar International Law and Cannabis Policy: Options for Reform? With Dr. Allyn Taylor (University of Washington), co-organized with the Research Centre on Public Order, Anti-social Behavior and Security of the University of Groningen.

  • 9-13 July 2018: Summer School on Health and Human Rights: The Global Crisis of Noncommunicable Diseases including guest lectures of Dr. Jasper Been (Erasmus MC Rotterdam), Dr. Machteld Hylkema (UMCG), Dr. Jitse van Dijk (UMCG), Mr. David Patterson (IDLO), Prof. Annemieke Hoek (UMCG), Prof. Brigit Toebes (GHLG) and Dr. Marie Elske Gispen (GHLG). Deadline of application 14 May. Apply with a short CV and motivation letter to

  • 4-8 July 2016: Summer School on Non-Communicable Diseases & the Law presented by GHLG in partnership with Healthy Ageing & the Global Health section at the University Medical Centre Groningen. The full programme is available here.

    Registrations will be accepted until June 30th although students will need to arrange their own accommodation. Register by emailing your CV and letter of motivation to ncdandlaw .

    Not able to attend the whole summer school? Join us for several public Keynote Lectures to get a taste of how the law addresses chronic disease prevention & treatment and what it could learn from other disciplines such as public health, politics, and social psychology. All public Keynote Lectures are free-of-charge to attend and will take place in the Academy Building room A2 during the week of 4-8 July. Find something for yourself among our Keynote Lectures:



    Lecture Title

    David Patterson LL.M.,

    International Development Law Organisation

    Monday 4th July


    Ten reasons why human rights are essential to the NCD response!

    Dr. Machteld Hylkema

    Faculty of Medical Sciences, RUG

    Tuesday 5th July


    The influence of tobacco on health

    Prof. Allyn Taylor

    Consultant on global health law/Faculty of Law, University of Washington

    Tuesday 5th July


    The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (pre-recorded address)

    Prof. Hans Hogerzeil

    Dept. of Health Sciences, UMCG

    Wednesday 6th July

    9:30 – 10:30

    A human rights approach to access to essential medicines for NCDs

    Ellen ‘t Hoen LL.M.

    Consultant on medicines law & policy/Dept. of Health Sciences, UMCG

    Wednesday 6th July

    14:00- 15:00

    The role of global trade and intellectual property rights on access to medicines for NCDs

    Katharina Ó Cathaoir LL.M.

    Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen

    Thursday 7th July

    9:30 – 10:30

    The regulation of food marketing to children & right to health

    Dr. Nadine Voelkner

    Faculty of Arts, RUG

    Thursday 7th July

    14:00- 15:00

    The politics of the obesity business

    Prof. Arie Dijkstra

    Faculty of Behavioral and Social Sciences, RUG

    Friday 8th July

    9:30- 10:30

    Successful life interventions for stopping smoking and for promising healthy diet

    Dr. Jasper Been

    School for Public Health and Primary Care, Maastricht University/MUMC

    Friday 8th July


    The societal role of doctors and the relationship between tobacco control policies and perinatal health

    Prof. Aart Hendriks

    Faculty of Law, Leiden University/LUMC

    Friday 8th July


    The role of doctors in preventing and fighting NCDs

  • 5 July 2016: Film Screening of Fire in the Blood presented by GHLG in partnership with the Groningen chapters of Universities Allied for Essential Medicines and the International Federation of Medical Student Associations. The film screening is free-of-charge to attend and will be hosted from 20:00-21:30 in the Academy Building room A2.

    About the film: An intricate tale of 'medicine, monopoly and malice', FIRE IN THE BLOOD tells the story of how Western pharmaceutical companies and governments aggressively blocked access to low-cost AIDS drugs for the countries of Africa and the global south in the years after 1996 - causing ten million or more unnecessary deaths - and the improbable group of people who decided to fight back.

  • 28 april 2016 at 16:00, Gerrit-Jan Pulles (Attorney and doctoral researcher in Amsterdam): 'The judicial effect of economic and social rights in the Dutch legal order' (in Dutch). Venue: Room A8 (Academy Building).
  • 10 March 2016 at 15:30: TTIP: the effects on health and health systems
    This time we will focus on the effects on healthcare provision by TTIP. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a proposed trade agreement between the EU and the US. What impact will the TTIP have on EU's domestic health and health systems? We are very pleased that Ass. Prof. Dean Harris (Gillings School of Global Public Health) will come to Groningen to give us a presentation on this topic. Dr Herman Voogsgeerd (University of Groningen) will give a response Harris’ lecture and Dr André de Hoogh (University of Groningen) will chair the meeting.
  • 26 October 2015: Global Health Law Groningen Research Centre is pleased to announce fifth in the series of its seminars.
    The seminar entitled "Challenges and Experiences in Domestic Implementation of the Right to Health" will focus on the issues of realisation and implementation of the human right to health in the national context. It will offer an overview of the most common struggles in domestic implementation of the right, as well as presentation of national experiences in Spain and China respectively.
    The event will take place on 26 October at 15.00 (end at 17.00) at Van Swinderen Huys, Club Lounge‚Äč, Oude Boteringestraat 19, 9712 GC Groningen.
    The seminar is an informal event, aiming at the exchange of ideas and open discussions on the given topic.
    Details about the presentations, speakers and timing may be found in the poster.
  • 22 September, The Hague: Human rights-based approaches and domestic legal responses to NCDs: lessons learned , in collaboration with t he International Development Law Organization (IDLO) and Working Group on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. This expert meeting will focus on the relationship between non-communicable diseases and human rights. Using lessons from global responses to HIV/AIDS, we will be addressing how using the language and framework of international human rights can help to identify state responsibility and engage multiple actors to effectively respond to the global challenges being posed by non-communicable diseases, in particular obesity and diabetes. Applications for registration should be sent to DL-ncdsandlaw .
  • 29 May 2015 from 15:00 – 17:00 Seminar Health & human rights on the Ground (Van Swinderen Huys, Oude Boteringestraat, Club Lounge) How do you actually apply the right to health on the ground? The Danish Institute for Human Rights is developing the AAAQ Toolbox – an innovative assessment tool that offers practical guidance for state, business and civil society actors. Senior advisor Mads Holst Jensen PhD and researcher Lena Kähler MSc have shared their experiences working with a variety of actors including pharmaceutical companies to translate the right to health from principles into action on the ground.
  • Second event of our Global Health Law Groningen initiative:  Monday 9 March from 16.00 - 18.00 (Turftoren 14). This event focussed on health sector corruption as an important issue of concern under international human rights law, health law, and global health governance. This session seeked to provide various legal and practical responses to the problems of corruption in the health system. Speaker: Professor Dean Harris:  ‘Corruption in Health Systems - From A Global Perspective’. Dean Harris is a Clinical Associate Professor at Department of Health Policy and Management, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the United States. Subsequently, Eva Zhang did reflect on some issues in China and Dr Antenor Hallo de Wolf discussed the connections between (health sector) corruption and human rights.
  • 26 January 2015 4pm Senaatszaal Academy Building: Launch of Global Health Law Groningen. The event focussed on the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, one of the most successful instruments under global health law. Mr Phon van den Biessen, lawyer in the recent case against the Netherlands (on the perceived dense ties between the Dutch government and the tobacco industry) talked about his experiences in this case. After this introduction we had a panel discussion about the potential of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control with Mr van den Biessen and some experts from the University of Groningen.
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