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Summer School - Health and Human Rights, 8-12 July 2019, Netherlands

Publish Date: Jan 25, 2019

Deadline: Jul 08, 2019

Event Dates: from Jul 08, 2019 12:00 to Jul 12, 2019 12:00

Health and Human Rights

The role of law in addressing the chronic disease pandemic

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.

Target audience

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.


This summer course is intended for Bachelor students and (research) Master students in law, health science, health economics, and medicine, early career researchers, civil society representatives, and law and policy 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 schedule

The summer school programme will start on Monday 8 July 2019 at 9.00 and end on Friday 12 July 2019 at 17.00. We recommend that participants arrive before 3PM on Sunday in order to participate in the welcoming activities .

Learning outcomes

After this course you will be able to:

  • Have a sound understanding of the NCD pandemic and risk factors, applicable international and domestic law
  • Apply the international legal framework to NCDs
  • Make concrete proposals for NCD law and policy in a domestic setting


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.


LLB/LLM/medical students/ PhD/Postdoc : € 500
Practitioners:  650
University Groningen students:  300
Accommodation:  245

The participation fee includes:

  • Participation in the programme
  • Lunches, coffee/tea as part of the programme
  • Welcome dinner on Monday 8 July
  • Excursions on Thursday 11 July (TBC)
  • City tour and welcoming drinks on Sunday 7 July


Housing (7 nights, from Saturday 6 July to Saturday 13 July, in an international student house is available upon request for € 245 .

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