Members

Prof. dr. Brigit Toebes

pictureBrigit Toebes is an Associate Professor and Rosalind Franklin Fellow at the Department of International Law, where she teaches public international law, international humanitarian law, and human rights law. Her specialist areas are human rights, in particular economic, social and cultural rights, the definition of health as a right, the broader interfaces between health and human rights, (international) health law, medical ethics, international humanitarian law, and public international law more generally. She has written widely in these areas, including books with Intersentia Publising (The Right to Health as a Human Right in International Law, 1999; Health and Human Rights in Europe, 2012), and articles in leading human rights and health law journals.

She also advises public health experts on how to embed human rights in their research and public health policies (eg WHO, OSF). She is an editor of the Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights (NQHR), and a Board Member of the International Federation of Health and Human Rights Organizations (IFHHRO). She is affiliated to the University of Aberdeen as an Honorary Lecturer. Due to her stay abroad (Aberdeen and Copenhagen) she maintains a wide and interdisciplinary network in the field of human rights and health law.

Email b.c.a.toebes@rug.nl (programme co-ordinator)

Prof. dr. Hans V. Hogerzeil

Professor of Global Health and the Right to Health, University of Groningen Medical Center, email H.V.Hogerzeil@rug.nl (access to medicines)

Lucia Berro Pizzarossa, LLM

photo-luciaLucía Berro Pizzarossa is a PhD Candidate at the International Law Department at the University of Groningen. She studied Law and International Relations at the Universidad de la Republica, Montevideo, Uruguay. Lucia holds a Magister Juris from the University of Oxford where she took part in the Weidenfeld Scholarship and Leadership Programme. Her research is focused on sexual and reproductive health in the Latin American context. Using a human-rights and gender-based approach, she aspires to produce a critical interpretation of the policy-making procedures and legal practices. She is a member of the Netherlands School of Human Rights Research Working Group on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

Email L.Berro.Pizzarossa@rug.nl (reproductive health)

Veronika Flegar, LLM

kleinerVeronika Flegar is working as a PhD researcher and lecturer at the Department of Constitutional Law, Administrative Law and Public Administration at the Faculty of Law of the University of Groningen. She studied International Relations (BA, cum laude) and International Law and Human Rights (LLM, summa cum laude) at the University of Groningen and the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. She also participated in the Honours College of the University of Groningen and received the Avril McDonald Prize for her current research project. Veronika has previously worked for the Dutch Council for Refugees, where she coordinated several legal and empowerment projects and gave workshops on children rights and on the asylum procedure. In addition to being a member of Global Health Law Groningen, she is a member of the Dutch Section of the International Commission of Jurists’ Working Group on Migration Law, the Netherlands School of Human Rights Research’s Working Group on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and of the Dutch Association for Migration Research.

Email V.L.B.Flegar@rug.nl (migrant health)

Yi Zhang, LLM

证件照1Yi Zhang is currently a PhD candidate in International Law at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. Her PhD research deals with accountability for the implementation of the right to health in China, and the various forms such accountability might take. In her research, Yi focuses on the implementation of the right to health at the domestic level and discusses the role of accountability, or potential thereof, in human rights protection in China. Taking China as a case study, her research examines the progressive realization of the right to health in China and explores the practical application of accountability mechanisms in light of China’s realities. Prior to her PhD studies Yi also worked as a volunteer for UNICEF and participated in activities aimed at HIV/AIDS protection among children and teenagers in different Chinese cities.

Alongside her PhD research Yi is the Chinese liaison of GHLG and stays close contact with many Chinese universities. Yi seeks to establish solid relationship with Chinese universities that will promote the scholarly communication and exchange between the Netherlands and China on health law. Yi was also the secretary and editorial board member of the Groningen Journal of International Law. She is also a member of  the Netherlands School of Human Rights Research Working Group on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the editor of economic, social and cultural rights blog.

Email Yi.Zhang@rug.nl  (right to health accountability)

Katrina Perehudoff, MSc, LLM

BloomPix-7PhD Candidate Katrina Perehudoff MSc LLM studies model legislation for universal access to medicines under the supervision of Prof. dr. Hans Hogerzeil (Faculty of Medical Sciences) and Dr. Brigit Toebes (Faculty of Law). She is also a researcher with the multidisciplinary Global Health Law Groningen Initiative where she coordinates the Essential Laws for Medicines Access project. Katrina’s research will describe the actual content of States’ minimum core obligations to provide essential medicines under international law. Moreover, this research will yield robust examples of domestic legislation promoting universal access to medicines that can serve as model laws for low and middle income countries striving to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and advisory organisations, such as the World Health Organization, working to support them. In addition to her research, she is currently the Health Policy Officer on access to medicines at the European Consumer Organisation (Belgium).

Email Katrina.perehudoff@gmail.com (universal access to medicines)

Marlies Hesselman, LLM

nieuwe linkedinfot 2015Marlies Hesselman is lecturing in public international law at the University of Groningen, and she is in the process of finishing her PhD on international law and ‘universal access to modern energy services’. Marlies is an active member of the Working Group on ESCR of the School of Human Rights Research; the Dutch Section of the International Commission of Jurists (Working Groups on ‘International Human Rights Protection’ and ‘Human Rights and Sustainable Development’); and the ‘Community of Practice’ on Legal Aspects of Sustainable Energy for All of the WB-sponsored Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development. She recently joined Global Health Law Groningen and the new  ‘ETO-report’ group which seeks to report on human rights and extra-territorial obligations.

Email: m.m.e.hesselman@rug.nl (universal access to energy)

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