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

Professor, Health Law in a Global Context
prof. mr. dr. B.C.A. (Brigit) Toebes
+31 6 5434 1961 (mobile)


Legal scholar with twenty years of experience in the field of health and human rights. Currently an important player in the international discussion about global or international health law as an emerging branch of public international law.

Specific research theme: the rise in noncommunicable or chronic diseases as a major global health challenge. In relation to this, attention is paid in particular to designing a regulatory framework for unhealthy behavior, including tobacco use and unhealthy diets, in light of the human rights of consumers. Broader research interests: access to healthcare and essential medicines, the tension between the protection of public health and human rights (eg ebola crisis), Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, social or underlying determinants to health, socio-economic health inequalities, chronic diseases and obesity, health systems governance, healthcare privatisation and health sector corruption, accountability in the health sector, health protection in armed conflicts and other emergencies, including the role of health workers and so-called ' medical neutrality'.

Legal disciplines: public international law, human rights law, international humanitarian law, international health law, health and human rights, economic, social and cultural rights, right to health, domestic health law, and medical ethcis. Much interaction with health sciences and international relations.

Other positions

Co-Chair, Global Health Law Committee, International Law Association (ILA)
Member of the Board, Netherlands Society of Health Law
Member Dutch Health Council and Committee on Ethics and Law
Associate Editor, BMC Health and Human Rights
Member of the Advisory Board, International Federation of Health and Human Rights Organizations (IFHHRO)
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
Last modified:12 November 2019 07.45 a.m.

Contact information

Oude Kijk in 't Jatstraat 26
9712 EK Groningen
The Netherlands

Department of Transboundary Legal Studies

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+31 6 5434 1961 (mobile)