Netherlands, Groningen

Health and Human Rights

when 9 July 2018 - 13 July 2018
language English
duration 1 week
fee EUR 300

Most deaths that currently occur globally are the result of ‘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 as they can ensure access to prevention, treatment and care, and address behavioural risk factors such as smoking, excess alcohol consumption, unhealthy eating and a lack of physical exercise. This summer school promotes understanding about 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 behavioural 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

Fee info

EUR 300: UG students
Students coming from non-OECD countries: €350
BA/MA students: €450
PhD students: €550
EUR 650: Practitioners

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