Past event highlights
Conference on Strategic Litigation and Public Health
15 - 16 June 2023 | School of Law and Social Justice Building | Hybrid
The Law & Non-Communicable Diseases Research Unit at the University of Liverpool hosted a hybrid conference that explored how strategic litigation can contribute to the promotion of better health for all.
Through litigation, individuals and groups can challenge the actions and inactions of public and private bodies, whilst testing the meaning of laws and their proper implementation. When strategically chosen to have an impact beyond the individual case, litigation can have far greater reach. Strategic litigation can determine the outcome of future cases, influence governmental practices, change public discourse, and hold public and private actors to account. As such, it can support long-lasting legal and policy reforms and is a powerful tool to improve health for all. Nonetheless, it has been underused by the public health community so far.
The conference adopted an interdisciplinary viewpoint, with participants from multiple disciplines and backgrounds. It explored how to ensure that public health practitioners and lawyers are well equipped to work with each other to support effective litigation strategies, and the role and importance of social mobilisation in pursuing the urgent reforms required to promote healthier environments.
Dispute, Delay, Dilute: Kellogg's v Government
21 February 2023 | Online
This event was a roundtable discussion to better understand the implications of this judgement for the development and implementation of legally binding measures intended to prevent obesity and diet-related diseases in the UK and beyond. It considered legal and other industry influence on public health policies from other countries, including recent decisions to delay implementation of other policies to restrict advertising and price promotions of less healthy food.
Workshop on the Food Marketing Consultation
25 April 2019 | University of Liverpool in London Campus, UK
On 18 March 2019, the UK Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and the Department for Digital, culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) launched a joint consultation on the introduction of more robust restrictions on the marketing of unhealthy food to children. This policy was announced as part of the UK Childhod Obesity Action Plan published on 25 June 2018, following extensive pressure from various public health actors to protect children effectively from the harmful impact that unhealthy food marketing has on their diets and therefore their health.
On Thursday 25 April 2019, Dr Emma Boyland (Department of Physical Sciences) and Prof Amandine Garde (School of Law & Social Justice) convened an interdisciplinary workshop at the University of Liverpool London campus to support and coordinate the public health community's response to the consultation.
Ending Childhood Obesity: A Legal Challenge
Keynote Lecture | July 2016
Watch a video of Olivier De Schutter (University of Louvain) delivering the keynote lecture at our inaugural conference:
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