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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
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I am professor of health law in a global context at the Faculty of Law and scientific director of the Aletta Jacobs School of Public Health. My research, which is embedded in the Groningen Centre for Health Law, is at the intersection of health law, international law and human rights. Within this, I am particularly interested in 'public health law' as a field that is developing rapidly, and in which international standards play a crucial role. I facilitate research into the regulation of behavioural risk factors such as smoking, unhealthy diets, alcohol consumption and drugs. In my role at the Aletta Jacobs School of Public Health I frequently seek the interaction with other disciplines and with societal partners. I am co-editor of a new journal called Journal of Global Health law. In 2022, I was awarded the Legal Specialist Award by the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL). Key publications include Health and Human Rights (2022, 2e ed), Human Rights and Tobacco Control (open access), and Research Handbook on Global Health Law (2018). In September 2024, the Groningen Centre of Health Law and STeP will start a new master track in Health and Technology Law .

Other positions

Chair, Dutch Society of Health Law
Co-Chair, Global Health Law Committee, International Law Association (ILA)
Chair, Dutch state committee MDMA
Member Dutch Health Council and Committee on Ethics and Law
Member of the Advisory Board, Dutch Pharmaceutical Accountability Foundation
Member, Global Health Law Consortium
Fellow, Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL)
Member governing board, European Public Health Association (EUPHA)
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Contact information

Nettelbosje 2
9747 AE Groningen
The Netherlands
Oude Boteringestraat 18
9712 GH Groningen
The Netherlands

Department of Transboundary Legal Studies

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Professor / scientific director
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fulltime / Tuesdays & Thursdays