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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
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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

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

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

De juridische boodschap achter het rapport van de Onderzoeksraad voor Veiligheid

Expansion of Smoke-Free Policies: Stepping Up FCTC’s Game

Gezondheidsbeleid vraagt om een geïntegreerde aanpak: Het onderscheid tussen preventie en curatieve zorg behoeft heroverweging

Introduction to Public Health Law

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

Tobacco industry: a barrier to social justice

Coronapas voor verpleeghuisbezoek

Coronapas voor verpleeghuisbezoek effectief en noodzakelijk

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Press/media

Aletta Podcast (Aletta Talks); How human rights violations impact the obesity pandemic

Het pandemieverdrag van de WHO: bittere noodzaak of een geniepige machtsgreep?

Overgewicht, roken en alcoholgebruik amper gedaald

55 procent van Nederlanders is voor 2G, maar wat zeggen ethici?

Does 2G meet ethical requirements?

Ook de thuiszorg moet rookvrij

Aletta's Kitchen Show

Hoe moeten we omgaan met ongevaccineerden?

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