Members of the Law and Non-Communicable Diseases Unit


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

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

    Dr Kanstantsin Dzehtsiarou

    Kanstantsin Dzehtsiarou

    Dr Kanstantsin Dzehtsiarou joined the University of Liverpool in 2015. His research focuses 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.

    Ben Murphy

    Ben 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.

    Justice Osei

    Justice Osei-Afriyie is a Graduate Teaching Fellow and a PhD candidate in Law 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. His research interests are International Economic Law with particular focus on International Investment Law, the Law of the World Trade Organization, Law and Development, and Health Law. Justice currently handles seminars in Law and Social Justice (Law 102) and Intellectual Property Law (Law 338 & 339) 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.


    Dr Mavluda Sattorova

    Mavluda is a senior lecturer in law at the University of Liverpool 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. Dr 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.

    Professor Helen Stalford

    Helen 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’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.

    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.