Groningen, Netherlands

Human Rights and Global Health Challenges

when 12 July 2021 - 17 July 2021
language English
duration 1 week
credits 1 EC
fee EUR 305

Due to the covid-19 outbreak, all programmes for 2020 have been cancelled.

This summer school addresses three main global health challenges: non-communicable diseases (NCDs), mental health and climate change. It provides an introduction to international health law and its role in addressing these challenges. In this course we address the following topics and questions:

NCDs account for 70% of deaths globally, largely caused by behavioural risk factors, including: unhealthy diets and tobacco consumption.

Why are NCDs a legal issue?
How can States effectively use law to promote healthy behaviour?

Mental disorders affect every fourth person at some point in their life. They are a leading cause of ill-health and disability globally.

What is global mental health?
How can human rights law promote and protect mental health?
What are the legal challenges?

According to the WHO, air pollution is responsible for 7.7% of the global mortality rate, while climate change increasingly negatively affects our human health in myriad ways.

What are key health risks of air pollution and climate change?
How can international law help curb them?

Course leader

Prof. Brigit Toebes
Meaghan Beyer, LLM
Natalie Schuck, LLM
Marlies Hesselman, LLM

Target group

This summer course is intended for those that are interested in discovering how international and domestic legal frameworks can be applied to address current global health challenges. (Bachelor, Master, Early Career Researchers, Civil Society Representatives and Practitioners).

It is expected that the participants have a sufficient command of the English language to actively participate in the discussions and to present their own work in English.

Course aim

After this course you will:

1. Have a sound understanding of the Non-Communicable Disease crisis. You will be able to identify the main behavioral risk factors and the current international and domestic legal approaches and challenges.
2. Have a sound understanding of mental health as a global health and human rights challenge. You will gain knowledge in the areas of global mental health and the applicable international human rights law.
3. Have a sound understanding of the pollutants related to climate change and global air pollution and their effects on health, in particular NCDs. You will gain knowledge about current legal responses to curb negative health effects in the areas of international environmental, climate and human rights law.

Credits info

1 EC
Upon successful completion of the programme, the Summer School offers a Certificate of Attendance that mentions the workload of 36 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 305: (Excluding housing)
UG students
Fee external students: € 505
Fee practitioners: € 655