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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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Research interests

My research focuses on how international legal standard-setting instruments play a role in the protection of health. ‘International health law’ is not a well-developed branch of international law. The health-related standards are very fragmented and they lack adequate implementation by all the stakeholders in the health field. Moreover these standards insufficiently emphasise equitable access and distribution of health services, and the creation of overall fairness in health.

 

International law is potentially a powerful and essential weapon in strengthening health prevention and control. As the recent ebola crisis has demonstrated, health problems increasingly transcend borders. However, ebola and other infectious diseases are not the only health problems the world is facing today. We are witnessing a change in disease patterns, some of which are lifestyle-related; increasing health inequalities within and between nations; as well as the detrimental health effects of environmental degradation, climate change, urbanization and internal conflicts. Powerful actors such as the pharmaceutical industry but also the tobacco, food and beverage industries now structurally operate on a global level. All this is affecting the health and wellbeing of individuals worldwide, and especially those who are marginalized and disadvantaged. A stronger recognition of international health law is necessary to address these challenges in the health field.

 

Based on my 20 years of experience advancing human rights standards for the health field, my overall research goal is to lay out the theoretical and practical fundament for international health law. As such, my research is aimed at creating a better understanding of the nature and scope of international health law, and of how this field can be best employed to address global health injustices.

 

 

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Publications

A right to health-based approach to dental caries: towards a comprehensive control strategy

The World Health Organization was born as a normative agency: Seventy-five years of global health law under WHO governance

Toegang tot transgenderzorg: Een overzicht van de jurisprudentie omtrent geslachtsaanpassende behandelingen

Artsen, ken de wet- en regelgeving!

De volgende stap voor een Rookvrije Generatie: Een multidisciplinair onderzoek naar kansen voor uitbreiding rookvrije omgevingen in Nederland

Mondiale gezondheidsethiek versus recht: een pleidooi voor kruisbestuiving

Towards Legally Mandated Public Health Benchmarks

Attacks on healthcare facilities in Ukraine constitute violations of international law: they must stop

Blog Coalitieakkoord #2: De schrijnende afwezigheid van een integrale volksgezondheidsbeadering

Case note: Introductory note to Vavřička v. The Czech (Eur. Ct. H.R.)

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Press/media

Waarom experten adviseren om therapie met MDMA 'zo snel mogelijk' mogelijk te maken

Zorgen bij staatscommissie over bezuinigingen drugspreventie

Advies: Xtc moet harddrug blijven in Nederland, ondanks de voordelen

Roken wordt duurder: 'Pakje sigaretten gemiddeld 11 euro'

Roken wordt duurder: “Pakje sigaretten gemiddeld 11 euro”

Je doktersafspraak vergeten? Dat wordt misschien alsnog betalen

Je doktersafspraak vergeten? Dat wordt misschien alsnog betalen

Nu de herinnering aan corona vervaagt, zwakt de animo voor een pandemieverdrag af

Is roken weer een statussymbool aan het worden? En 5 andere vragen van jullie beantwoord

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