Health and Human Rights in Europe

April 11, 2012

There is still very little understanding of the various and multiple legal interfaces between ‘health’ and ‘human rights’, and of the implications of this approach for legal research and practice. To fill this gap, the new book Health and Human Rights in Europe seeks to draw the legal contents and implications of this new area of the law.

The book focuses on health law in Europe, as the European context raises specific questions, not only from a legal and a political perspective, but also in terms of health issues and health outcomes. It first discusses how the European institutions (the Council of Europe and the European Union) deal with health and human rights. Subsequently it describes the meaning of the most important human rights involved in this area, and it addresses a variety of themes and approaches that engage with health and human rights links, including patient rights, reproductive health, and issues surrounding death and dying. Lastly, it discusses the position of a number of vulnerable groups, in particular disabled persons, the elderly, and children. 

Health and Human Rights in Europe brings together contributions from human rights and health law experts from different countries in Europe. One of the editors is Brigit Toebes, board member of IFHHRO. 

The book will be officially launched on Monday 18 June between 16.00 and 18.00 at the Academy Building of the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. Address: Broerstraat 5, Groningen, the Netherlands.