Brigit Toebes (The Netherlands): “International human rights protection and the distribution of health care”

Prof. Brigit Toebes is an Associate Professor and Rosalind Franklin Fellow at the Department of International Law of the Faculty of Law of the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. She has been working in the field of health and human rights law since twenty years, and has published widely in this field (including Health and Human Rights in Europe, 2012).

Her current research focuses on the nature and scope of international (or global) health law as an emerging branch of public international law. For this, she has established Global Health Law Groningen, a research centre that looks at the protection of health through the lens of international law. Current research themes include access to healthcare and essential medicines, tobacco control, socio-economic health inequalities, chronic diseases and obesity, health systems governance, and the protection of health during emergencies. Together with postdoc Marie Elske Gispen, Brigit carries out a project funded by the Dutch Cancer Society on the Rights of Children to a Tobacco-Free Environment. Brigit participates in several international health law networks, including as Co-Chair of the Global Health Law Committee of the International Law Association.


Markus Frischut (Austria): “EU regulations concerning distributions of health care”

Dr. Markus Frischhut is Jean Monnet Professor of “European Integration & Ethics” at MCI Management Center Innsbruck / Austria and Visiting Fellow at the Faculty of Business and Law, Kingston University, London

He has studied law in Innsbruck and EU law at the Robert Schuman University in Strasbourg, France, with now more than 15 years of teaching and research experience. On the topic of EU cross-border healthcare, he has spoken at many international conferences (Berlin, Heidelberg, Monaco, Prague, Riga, Trento, Washington, DC, to name but a few), and has published several articles, as well as a book (together with H. Stein). He has been an invited guest speaker of EU institutions, at the TAIEX event in Ankara on patient mobility (2015), and on EU law and ethics in the European Parliament, Strasbourg (2016). Furthermore, he is a member of the European Association of Health Law and the International Forum of Teachers / UNESCO Chair in Bioethics.


Steven Lierman (Belgium): “Which criteria to use when prioritizing in times of scarcity?”

Prof. dr. Steven Lierman is associate professor in medical law and administrative law at the KU Leuven and parttime professor at the University of Antwerp. He is head of Health Law in the Leuven Institute for Healthcare Policy and of the Institute for Administrative Law (Leuven Centre for Public Law).

He is the promotor of several research projects in both fields of law and the (co)author of national and international contributions on topics of private and public law. He is vice-president of the Management Committee of the Belgian Medical Accidents Fund, member of the Committee on medical ethics of the medical school and the university hospital at the KU Leuven and of the Belgian Advisory Committee on Bioethics. From 2003 to 2012 he was a law clerk (référendaire) at the Belgian Supreme Court.