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

Professor, Health Law in a Global Context

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

Postal address:
United Kingdom

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.

 

 

Publications
  1. Covid-19 puts the spotlight on international law and Human Rights

    Toebes, B., Sep-2020, Conquering Complexity: Perspectives on COVID-19 . Lammersma, J. & Faghihi, I. (eds.). Groningen: TEIMUN, p. 45-47 3 p. (The TEIMUN Journal; vol. 2020, no. 1).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionProfessional

  2. Socioeconomic Health Inequalities in Europe: The Role of Law and Human Rights

    Toebes, B., Sep-2020, The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Health Law. Orentlicher, D. & Hervey, T. (eds.). Oxford University Press, (Oxford handbooks online).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

  3. Conclusions

    Toebes, B., Aug-2020, Human Rights and Tobacco Control. Gispen, M. E. & Toebes, B. (eds.). Edward Elgar Publishing, p. 266-275 9 p. (Elgar Studies in Health and the Law).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

  4. A renewed call for transdisciplinary action on NCDs

    Toebes, B., Hesselman, M., Mierau, J. O. & van Dijk, J. P., 28-Aug-2020, In : BMC International Health and Human Rights. 20, 1, 6 p., 22.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  5. Is there a European human rights approach to tobacco control?

    Garde, A. & Toebes, B., Aug-2020, Human Rights and Tobacco Control. Gispen, M. E. & Toebes, B. (eds.). Edward Elgar Publishing, p. 80-97 18 p. (Elgar Studies in Health and the Law).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

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Datasets
  1. CRC State reports "Tobacco control"

    Gispen, M. E. (Data Manager), University of Groningen, 4-Mar-2019

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Prizes
  1. Honorary Lecturer

    Brigit Toebes (Recipient), 1-Aug-2008

    Prize: Honorary degreeAcademic

  2. Honorary Lecturer

    Brigit Toebes (Recipient), 2009

    Prize: Honorary degreeAcademic

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Activities
  1. Nacht van de dictatuur - technology and health

    Brigit Toebes (Speaker)
    24-Sep-2020

    Activity: Talk or presentationPopular

  2. 16th World Congress on Public Health

    Brigit Toebes (Invited speaker)
    13-Oct-2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conferenceAcademic

  3. GHLG Summer School on Human Rights and Global Health Challenges

    Natalie Schuck (Organiser), Brigit Toebes (Organiser), Meaghan Beyer (Organiser), Marlies Hesselman (Organiser), David Patterson (Organiser)
    6-Jul-202011-Jul-2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising an eventAcademic

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Press / Media
  1. Vrijheid en privacy moeten soms wijken voor de volksgezondheid

    Brigit Toebes

    04/09/2020

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Public Engagement ActivitiesPopular

  2. ‘Je moet erbovenop zitten om de controle te houden’

    Brigit Toebes

    26/08/2020

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert CommentPopular

  3. Experts share insights into the right to health

    Brigit Toebes

    19/08/2020

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert CommentPopular

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