Netherlands, Groningen

Health and Human Rights

when 8 July 2019 - 12 July 2019
language English
duration 1 week
credits 1 EC
fee EUR 500

Most deaths that currently occur globally are the result of chronic or ‘non-communicable’ diseases, in particular cardiovascular diseases, most cancers, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes. Although medical science plays an important role in reducing these diseases, law and policy are also crucial. In particular, they can ensure access to prevention, treatment and care, and address behavioral risk factors such as smoking, excess alcohol consumption, unhealthy eating and a lack of physical exercise.

This summer school will promote an understanding of how law and policy can best be framed to address the global increase in chronic diseases. Taking a human rights approach, key focus areas include securing equitable access to essential medicines, as well as possibilities to regulate behavioral risk factors, in particular smoking and unhealthy diets. Through interactive teaching methods, and against the backdrop of insights from health science, participants will enhance their understanding of how human rights and domestic law come into play, and how a global and domestic response can best be defined and implemented.

Course leader

Prof. Brigit Toebes
Dr. Marie Elske Gispen

Target group

This course targets a multidisciplinary audience. It is attractive to students with backgrounds in medicine, law, and health sciences with a keen interest in health and human rights, early career researchers in these areas, and (law and policy) practitioners and civil society representatives working in the field of (global) health governance who aim to learn more on how to use law as a normative framework and regulatory tool.

Course aim

After this course you are able to:
1. Have a sound understanding of the NCD pandemic and risk factors, applicable international and domestic law
2. Apply the international legal framework to NCDs
3. Make concrete proposals for NCD law and policy in a domestic setting

Credits info

1 EC
Participants will receive preparatory readings in advance of the summer school. During the week of the summer school they will have approximately 30 contact hours and approximately 8 hours of group work.
Upon successful completion of the programme, the Summer School offers a Certificate of Attendance that mentions the workload of 38 hours (28 hours corresponds to 1 ECTS). Students can apply for recognition of these credits to the relevant authorities in their home institutions, therefore the final decision on awarding credits is at the discretion of their home institutions. We will be happy to provide any necessary information that might be requested in addition to the certificate of attendance.

Fee info

EUR 500: UG students
Students coming from non-OECD countries: €350
BA/MA students: €450
PhD students: €550