Call for abstracts international conference on law and non-communicable diseases

February 20, 2018


The European Scientific Network on Law and Tobacco (ESNLT), coordinated by our partner the Global Health Law Groningen Research Centre, is calling for abstracts for the international conference Law and Noncommunicable Diseases. Subtitled “The cross-cutting role of law in NCD control and regulating risk factors”, this event will take place on 31 May and 1 June 2018 in Groningen, The Netherlands.

This two-day conference aims to bring together leading scholars, young researchers and practitioners from all over the world to share insights on recent research and developments on the cross-cutting role of law in NCD prevention and regulating NCD-related risk factors.

There are four different tracks:

  • Track 1: Recent developments and tensions in NCD laws
  • Track 2: Scaling up: regulation of all risk factors and lessons learned from tobacco control
  • Track 3: Translational law and policy: the effectiveness of NCD interventions
  • Track 4: Slippery slope and the legitimacy and possible limits of NCD laws

Role of industries

One of the sessions is a workshop on the role of industries in the global increase of chronic diseases such as cancers, heart diseases and diabetes. This will take place on 1 June 2018, from 12.30-18.00h. During this roundtable we question what the appropriate level of engagement should be between the public and private sectors in relation to optimal health as well as how international law could help to achieve this appropriate level of engagement.

Registration for this workshop is free of charge. Please register by sending an email to with “Registration Workshop 5 (1 June)” as the subject.

Important dates and information

  • Abstract submission  by 7 April 2018
  • Abstract notification by 21 April 2018
  • Registration open by 1 March 2018
  • Limited travel grants are available for early career researchers working on law and tobacco control. NB: Please send a short CV including publications and short motivation letter to upon registration.
  • Depending on the number of abstracts, we might organize a PhD Seminar on Wednesday 30 May 2018.