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prof. mr. dr. B.C.A. (Brigit) Toebes

Professor, Health Law in a Global Context; Scientific Director, Aletta Jacobs School of Public Health
prof. mr. dr. B.C.A. (Brigit) Toebes


Studying the many intricate relations between health and human rights is a lifelong ambition of Brigit Toebes. Since 2018, she is professor of health law in a global context at the Faculty of Law of the University of Groningen. As of September 2022, she is scientific director of the Aletta Jacobs School of Public Health. Brigit is a legal scholar with more than twenty-five years of experience in the international standards protecting health, with a strong emphasis on the role of human rights in health promotion and disease prevention. Currently, she is involved in the discussion about 'global health law' as an emerging branch of public international law. Recent research themes include the NCD pandemic and the regulation of behavioural risk factors (in particular smoking, unhealty diets, and alcohol), the regulation of vaccination, and the role of law in socio-economic health inequalities.
She is the initiator of the Groningen Centre for Health Law, which hosts around fifteen researchers who focus on various dimensions of health and human rights. She has published widely in legal, public health and multidisciplinary journals, including Human Rights Quarterly, Harvard Health and Human Rights, the BMJ, and Tobacco Control, and she participates in several international and domestic bodies, including as chair of the Dutch Association of Health Law and as co-chair of the Global Health Law Committee of the International Law Association. With funding from the Dutch Cancer Society/Lung Foundation, Toebes conducted research in the field of tobacco control since 2016, looking at tobacco concerns particularly through a human rights lens. She was member of the Committee on vaccination for childcare (Commissie Vermeij), and acts as a consultant to various international bodies, including the WHO and UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health. In 2022, Brigit was awarded the Legal Specialist Award by the Centre forInternational Sustainable Development Law (CISDL).

Other positions

Chair, Dutch Society of Health Law
Co-Chair, Global Health Law Committee, International Law Association (ILA)
Member Dutch Health Council and Committee on Ethics and Law
Senior Honorary Fellow, University of Aberdeen School of Law
Member of the International Scientific Committee, Observatory on Human Rights: Bioethics, Health, Environment, University of Salerno
Chair of the Advisory Board, Dutch Pharmaceutical Accountability Foundation
Member of the Advisory Board, Johannes Wier Foundation
Member of the Advisory Board, NCD Unit, University of Liverpool
Member, Global Health Law Consortium
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Oude Kijk in 't Jatstraat 26
9712 EK Groningen
The Netherlands

Department of Transboundary Legal Studies

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