Inaugural lecture: Law in the time of chronic disease

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Abstract

Chronic noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) including cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases are the most important public health challenge of our times. Four behavioral risk factors are at the root of these diseases: smoking, excessive use of alcohol, unhealthy diet and a lack of physical exercise.

This inaugural lecture addresses the way in which international and domestic law can play a role in reducing these risk factors. Law is a powerful tool to be wielded in the effort to reduce unhealthy behavior in society and has the untapped potential to be applied more effectively in this context.
Translated title of the contributionInaugural lecture: Law in the time of chronic disease
Original languageDutch
PublisherUniversity of Groningen. Faculty of Law
Publication statusPublished - 4-Jun-2019

Keywords

  • chronic disease
  • role of law
  • human rights
  • health inequalities
  • public health law

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