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Summer School - Human Rights and Global Health Challenges, 12 - 17 July 2020, University of Groningen, Netherlands

Publish Date: Jan 25, 2020

Deadline: May 01, 2020

Event Dates: from Jul 12, 2020 12:00 to Jul 17, 2020 12:00

Human Rights and Global Health Challenges

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?

This course will cover lectures on: 

  • International Human Rights Law
  • Global Health Law
  • Non-communicable Diseases and Legal Challenges
  • Mental Health
  • Climate Change and Air Pollution


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).

Language requirements

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.

For more information click "LINK TO ORIGINAL" below.


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