New book: The Governance of Disease Outbreaks – International Health Law: Lessons from the Ebola Crisis and Beyond

This edited volume is directed at experts in international law, practitioners in international institutions, and other experts who would like to familiarize themselves with the legal framework of infectious disease governance. Using the West African Ebola crisis of 2014 as a case study, this book is part of a larger collaborative project on international health governance.

As there is a persistent risk of the occurrence of infectious disease epidemics and pandemics, it is all the more important to frame the underlying mechanisms, legal and otherwise, to deal with such problems. The aim of the book is thus to critically contribute to the ongoing debates related to instruments such as the International Health Regulations, as well as the role of international organizations such as the World Health Organization.

Against this backdrop, the authors explain the context and substantive legal framework of the Ebola crisis, while also highlighting its human rights aspects, institutional law (such as the debate on the securitization of health) and the limits to a purely legal approach to the subject. Thus, the authors herein come from various backgrounds such as law, public health, political science and anthropology.

The book is available here.


Seeking a French-speaking legal researcher for short-term case study (June-July 2017)

Seeking legal research experience? Fluent in French? Interested in human rights and health?

The Laws & Policies for Universal Access to Medicines project seeks a French-speaking research assistant to research and draft one case study of laws for universal health coverage and access to medicines in a middle-income Francophone country (eg Senegal, Tunisia, Morocco…).

What does this research entail? Together with the supervisor, a focus country will be selected based on the project’s needs and your interests. Your role will be to conduct an independent in-depth search for relevant domestic legislation that governs the national health insurance and provides medicines for society’s worst-off. With guidance from the supervisor, you will retrieve and translate into English relevant legal provisions that conform with human rights principles.

What’s in it for you? You will gain legal research experience and develop your knowledge of the human right to health with the Global Health Law Groningen Research Center. You will directly contribute to the Centre’s project on Laws & Policies for Universal Access to Medicines in collaboration with WHO’s Department of Essential Medicines. Your research will result in a draft case study that will be peer-reviewed by experts and, pending approval, later published with full acknowledgment of your work.

Who should apply? This research is well suited to a law student (or person with a background in law) who is fluent in the French language. Student status is irrelevant.

What is the timeline and workload? The case study must be complete by the end of July 2017. Completing the case study is estimated to take 20 hours of work to be arranged as you wish. You do not need to be present in Groningen. This position is non-remunerated.

How to apply? Interested researchers should send a brief email to katrina.perehudoff @ as soon as possible. Do mention any relevant experience and /or interest in this work.

More information about the project can be found here.

Edited collection – call for abstracts on: Infectious Diseases in the New Millennium: Legal and Ethical Challenges

By Mark Eccleston-Turner, Birmingham City University

Summary of project: The era of infectious diseases was meant to have ended – no longer was man to be burdened by the mortality and morbidity posed by viruses and microbes. The shift in focus towards non-communicable diseases since 2000, at the international and domestic level, is testament to the faith put in such a statement. However, since the new millennium we have seen a promulgation of infectious diseases causing dramatic health implications around the world. SARS, pandemic influenza, MERS, Ebola, Zika, and MDR-infections have all blighted man since 2000, and look set to continue to do so. These infectious diseases in the modern era have also raised a number of difficult legal and ethical questions that need to be answered, including: What is the role of the World Health Organisation in such outbreaks, and how is the organisation to be held accountable when things go wrong? How do we ensure the drugs are created to treat the next outbreak? What is the role of resource rich, disease poor nations in such outbreaks? Are the International Health Regulations that govern international response to infectious diseases fit for purpose? Has the shift to a rights based approach improved the response to infectious diseases? This edited collection is intended to explore these questions, whilst reflecting upon infectious diseases outbreaks that have occurred in the new millennium.

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Longarts Wanda de Kanter bezoekt UMCG en geeft eerste Healthy Ageing Lezing

 23 juni 2016  12:00 – 13:00, Blauwe Zaal UMCG

Stoppen met roken, meer bewegen, gezonder eten en drinken: hoe komen we tot gedragsverandering?

En misschien nog wel belangrijker: hoe houden we het vol?

Longarts en ex-roker Wanda de Kanter (Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, Amsterdam) vertelt hierover tijdens de lezing ‘Healthy Ageing: van de aanleg naar het riool naar het beïnvloeden van de mens. The Corporate Consumption Complex; wij zijn aan zet’.

De Kanter geeft tijdens de lezing handvaten om tot leefstijlverandering te komen en om anderen hiertoe te motiveren. Hoe kun je als zorgverlener bijvoorbeeld patiënten motiveren om te stoppen met roken en gezonder en actiever te gaan leven? Laat u inspireren en motiveren!

Dit is de eerste lezing over Healthy Ageing in de Zorg. De lezing is georganiseerd door het Healthy Ageing Team van het UMCG. Meer informatie over Healthy Ageing vindt u op


Symposium: International Health Governance of Disease Outbreaks

The recent Ebola crisis that shook West Africa, exceeded any previous Ebola epidemic and later was declared a pandemic by the WHO not only stretched local health care systems, but also revealed deep structural deficiencies in the international response to health issues of such a scale. The outbreak of this virus that crossed boarders easily and cost the lives of so many people raises fundamental questions regarding the actors and legal mechanisms designed and applied to manage the outbreak of highly infectious diseases.

These questions were at the heart of a workshop on “International Health Governance of Disease Outbreaks” which took place from 3-4 March 2016 at the Max-Planck-Institute for Comparative Public and International Law in Heidelberg.

Click here for more information.


International Health Governance (IHG) of Disease Outbreak Alert and Response

The Max Planck Institute Heidelberg will host an international workshop currently scheduled for March 3-4, 2016. The workshop theme is Infectious Disease Epidemics Control from an IPA perspective with Professor Marx (managing director “evaplan International Health” at the University Hospital Heidelberg, Germany) as keynote speaker. Please find the programme here: IHG Programme – Public and more information under the following link:

U4 SSEL Conference – “Governance of a Contemporary Multilateral Institutional Architecture”

This year’s U4 network cluster conference is organized from 4 till 6 November 2015 in congress center Het Kasteel  in Groningen, the Netherlands.

The conference includes the following panels:

1. Governance of Politics, Conflicts and Interventions

2. Governance of E-Democracy and Internet Architecture

3. Governance of Equity, Inclusion and Diversity

Specifically, Professor Brigit Toebes will chair the session on Society, Human Rights, and Welfare. There is also one session on Global Health.

Check out the following link for detailed information:

Program U4 SSEL Conference 4-6 November 2015