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The Unit comprises law academics who collectively specialise in a wide range of sub-disciplines relevant to the development and implementation of effective NCD prevention strategies: international human rights and children’s rights, public health, trade and investment, intellectual property, consumer, food, advertising, and European Union law.

Professor Amandine Garde (Director)

Prof Amandine Garde

Professor Amandine Garde is one of the first academics to develop a specific expertise on the contribution that law as a discipline can make to the prevention of obesity and other NCDs. She has written extensively on the regulation of food marketing to children and the role that the European Union should play in preventing chronic diseases. The book that she has co-edited with Olivier De Schutter and Joshua Curtis Ending Childhood Obesity: A Challenge at the Crossroads of International Human Rights and Economic Law will be published in the summer of 2018. She is Senior Editor of the European Journal of Risk Regulation, and Editor of Elgar’s new series Health and the Law. Her research has attracted the attention of a broad range of non-academic actors, and she regularly advises international organisations, NGOs, public health agencies and governments worldwide. In particular, she was a member of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Science and Evidence to the WHO Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity and is lead author of a major report commissioned by UNICEF on Food Marketing and Children’s Rights (in print). She has also developed several training courses on the use of law in the prevention of NCDs. She is a qualified (non-practising) solicitor.

Dr Amanda Cahill-Ripley

Amanda Cahill-Ripley

Dr Amanda Cahill-Ripley joined the Law School in September 2019 as a Senior Lecturer in Law. She is also a Visiting Professor in International Human Rights Law at the University of Bergen Law Faculty, Norway. Dr Cahill-Ripley is an expert in international human rights law, with a specialism in economic, social and cultural rights. Her current research explores the intersections between socio-economic rights and sustainable peace, poverty and development.

In relation to NCDs, Amanda focusses on a human rights-based approach to preventing NCDs and tackling the risk factors associated with NCDs, particularly the right to an adequate standard of living (water, food and housing) the right to health and the right to a healthy environment. She is also interested in the intersection between NCDs and environmental risks; poverty; inequality and discrimination, especially the impacts on women and the role of Global Health Law in preventing and tackling NCDs.

Dr Amanda Cahill-Ripley also convenes and teaches the LL.M Module LAW 522 Law and Global Health.

Marcelo Campbell

Marcelo Campbell is a Postgraduate Researcher at the Liverpool Law School and a member of the Law and Non-Communicable Diseases Research Cluster. 

Juan Collado Perez-Llantada

Juan Collado

Juan Collado Perez-Llantada is a doctoral student and a Graduate Teaching Fellow in law at the School of Law and Social Justice, University of Liverpool. He holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and a Master of Laws in International Economic Law (LLM) from the University of Liverpool. Juan’s doctoral thesis focuses on overcoming the legal hurdles to implementing a One Health approach to tackle the public health threat of Antimicrobial Resistance in the European Union.

Juan’s research interests and teaching focus is on European Union Law, more specifically, internal market law, institutional law and transparency and participatory rights with a focus on the nexus between public health and the environment. As a member of the Law & NCD Unit, he has provided advisory work to various civil society actors and European Institutions. He has also assisted the Unit with research support on a project regarding the latest European digital regulatory framework, in the Digital Service Act and the Digital Markets Act. Juan is a member of the Law and Non-Communicable Diseases and EU Law at Liverpool research clusters. 


Professor Michael Dougan

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Professor Michael Dougan was appointed Professor of European Law at the University of Liverpool in 2004. Since 2007, Michael has been Joint Editor of the Common Market Law Review - the world's leading scientific journal for European legal studies. He was a member of the Law Sub-Panel during the Research Excellence Framework 2021.

Professor Michael Dougan works primarily in the field of EU Law. His research interests include: EU institutional and constitutional law - especially the relationship between Union law and the national legal systems; Law of the Single Market - especially the free movement of goods, persons and services, and Union regulatory competence / strategies; EU welfare law - especially the free movement and equal treatment rights of Union citizens, and cross-border social security coordination; and UK withdrawal from the European Union - including its impact on both the domestic and European legal systems.

Professor Kanstantsin Dzehtsiarou

Kanstantsin Dzehtsiarou

Professor Kanstantsin Dzehtsiarou joined the University of Liverpool in 2015. His research focusses on regulation of effective international adjudication in the area of human rights. While his main expertise is relevant to the European Convention on Human Rights, his research covers such issues like interpretation of international treaties, independence of judiciary and effective collaboration between national and international institution of human rights protection. He cooperates with international inter-governmental (Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Council of Europe, United Nations Development Programme) and non-governmental organisations (Amnesty International, European Implementation Network) as an expert in international and European human rights law. He is Director of the International Law and Human Rights Unit (ILHRU).

Dr Andrea Gideon

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Dr Andrea Gideon is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Liverpool and an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the National University of Singapore specialising in competition law. More precisely, her research interests comprise two areas: comparative competition law (with a focus on ASEAN) and the intersections between competition law and other policy areas (e.g. health). As regards the later area, she has, amongst others, researched the intersections of competition law and health policy in Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia (as part of a project funded by the Competition and Consumer Commission Singapore) and conducted consultancy work for an international consultancy firm. 

Dr Sabine Jacques

Sabine Jacques

Dr Sabine Jacques joined the School of Law and Social Justice in 2023 as Senior Lecturer in Intellectual Property Law. Her current research plans revolve around three main research areas: the balance between freedom of expression and intellectual property rights, promoting cultural diversity in creative industries through copyright and algorithmic enforcement of intellectual property law.

Before joining Liverpool University, Sabine gained recognition for her legal and interdisciplinary projects. Some of her notable contributions include: The Parody Exception in Copyright Law (Oxford University Press, 2019), The Playing Field in Audiovisual Advertising (CERRE-funded project, 2019) and The Impact on Cultural Diversity of Automated Anti-Piracy Systems as Copyright Enforcement Mechanisms: An Empirical Study of YouTube’s Content ID Digital Fingerprinting Technology (CREATe funded project, 2017).

Her work has been cited in EU Advocate General's opinions and quoted by the UK's specialist court, the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court, which is part of the Business and Property Courts of the High Court of Justice.


Dr Ben Murphy

Ben Murphy

Dr Ben Murphy is Lecturer in Law at the School of Law and Social Justice, University of Liverpool, where he is a member of the International Law and Human Rights Unit and the Law & NCD Unit. Ben specialises in public international law and international human rights law generally, but recent projects have had a particular focus on the law of international organisations and the relationship between children’s rights and business actors specifically. He is co-author of a report for UNICEF dealing specifically with the impact of food marketing on children’s rights. He has been involved in several training initiatives for non-governmental organisations on the role that human rights can play in promoting health and preventing NCDs.

Professor Mavluda Sattorova

Mavluda Sattorova

Professor Mavluda Sattorova is a Professor in Law at the University of Liverpool's School of Law and Social Justice. She specialises in international economic law broadly defined, with particular focus on international investment law. Her most recent work examines the interplay between investment treaty law and national policy-making. Currently she is working on a project that explores the impact of international investment law on government behaviour. Professor Sattorova’s track record of knowledge exchange and capacity building activities includes working with international organisations and think-tanks, such as WHO, UNCTAD, and Investment Treaty Forum.

Justice Osei-Afriyie

Justice Osei-Afriyie

Justice Osei-Afriyie is a doctoral student and a Graduate Teaching Fellow at the School of Law and Social Justice, University of Liverpool. He holds a Master of Laws (LL.M) and Bachelor of Laws (LL. B) from Queen Mary, University of London, and a Bachelor of Arts degree (BA Hons.) in Political Science and Philosophy from University of Ghana. Justice’s research interests and teaching broadly focus on International Economic Law with particular focus on International Investment Law, Transnational Corporations and Public Health Law, and the Law of the World Trade Organization. Justice’s doctoral thesis interrogates foreign investment law policy in Africa through the lens of postcolonial theory. Justice handles seminars in Law and Social Justice and Intellectual Property Law at the School of Law and Social Justice. He has also provided research support to the Law & Non-Communicable Disease Unit on WHO/IDLO project on regulation of Healthy Diets and Human Rights for East Africa.


Rebecca Owens

Rebecca is a Postgraduate Researcher at the Liverpool Law School and a member of the Law and Non-Communicable Diseases Research Cluster. 

Jaydon Souter

Jaydon Souter

Jaydon Souter is a Postgraduate Researcher at the Liverpool Law School and a member of the Law and Non-Communicable Diseases and EU Law at Liverpool research clusters. Jaydon was appointed a Graduate Teaching Fellow and PhD Researcher at the School of Law and Social Justice in 2022. He teaches Law of the European Union.

Jaydon specialises principally in Public Health Law and EU Consumer Protection Law. His doctoral research centres on the regulation of brand marketing as a mechanism to denormalise alcohol consumption, including no- and low- alcohol within the scope of enquiry. His research addresses the interface between the law and harm-reduction strategies, including non-communicable disease prevention, the reduction of European health inequalities, and addiction issues.

He is also interested in the commercial determinants of health, legal epidemiology, unfair and aggressive commercial practices, and EU trade and advertising law.

Dr Katy Sowery

Dr Katy Sowery was appointed as Lecturer in Law at the Liverpool Law School in August 2018. Katy is currently working on the animal welfare and public health nexus recognised across Europe as vital to the sustainability of food production. The intensification of farming practices have clear implications for animal welfare, but also has the potential to affect public health as a number of zoonotic diseases have shown (COVID-19, H1N1). This nexus is increasingly recognised in policy documents and the EU’s Farm-to-Fork Strategy.

Professor Helen Stalford

Helen Stalford

Professor Helen Stalford is Professor of Law and Director of the European Children's Rights Unit at the University of Liverpool. She has researched and published widely on issues relating to EU law and children's rights and has acted as consultant to UNICEF, the Council of Europe, the European Commission and the EU Fundamental Rights Agency on a range of EU-related children's rights projects. Her current work focuses on children's access to and experiences of the justice system and she is currently co-leading two funded projects that explore different dimensions of this: an AHRC-funded project, 'Children's Rights Judgments' that re-drafts existing judgments from a range of jurisdictions from a distinctly children's rights perspective; and a European Commission funded project that observes practitioners and clients involved in 'live' cases to explore how children's rights can be brought to bear more meaningfully on the legal process.

Dr Sujitha Subramanian

Sujitha Subramanian

Dr Sujitha Subramanian’s research interests include global governance and issues relating to intellectual property law. She has examined its inter-relationship with innovation policy, international trade and economic law, competition law, pharmaceutical/access to health, environmental/access to green technology, and – more recently – NCD prevention. Sujitha has also conducted research in other areas including public procurement, corruption and judicial decision-making process, particularly from a developing country perspective.

Dr Vassilis Tzevelekos

Dr Vassilis Tzevelekos

Dr Vassilis P Tzevelekos specialises in public international and in the international protection of human rights. He has written extensively in these areas, including on topics such as international investment law and human rights, climate change and human rights and, at a more theoretical level, the duty of states to pro-actively protect human rights, comprising health. Dr Tzevelekos is the co-founder and the co-editor in chief of the European Convention on Human Rights Law Review, and a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council Advisory Committee. In this capacity he is a member of the Advisory Committee’s working groups on the impact of neurotechnology on human rights and on the impact of new technologies for climate protection on the enjoyment of human rights. Dr Tzevelekos is qualified with the Athens’ Bar Association.

Kirsten Ward

Kirsten graduated from Durham University in 2012 with a First Class Honours LLB. Having been awarded the Harmsworth Scholarship (Middle Temple) and the Nottingham Law School Scholarship, she then went on to practise as a Barrister, before joining the Law School in October 2015. Kirsten’s doctoral research explores the role of fiscal mechanisms in regulating the sugar industry. She is currently analysing the trade implications of sugar taxes and their potential to combat non-communicable diseases, in particular childhood tooth decay.


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