Biography

‌Nikhil is a researcher at the School of Law and Social Justice, and the Deputy Director of the Law and Non-Communicable Diseases Unit (Law and NCD Unit). He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health.

Nikhil’s research looks at the role of EU, UK and international law in preventing non-communicable diseases – particularly obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, pulmonary diseases and cancers – through tackling the risk factors of unhealthy diets, excessive alcohol consumption, tobacco use and exposure to air pollution.

Nikhil is a regular presenter at national and international conferences, has a number of publications, sits on several national committees, and regularly works with governments and charities as part of his advisory and consultancy work.

Research

Nikhil’s general research interests lie in consumer, commercial, public health and constitutional law broadly. His expertise are in consumer law and public health, and the conflation of the two through public health law. He is one of a very small number of public health lawyers in Europe.

Nikhil’s research looks more specifically at the role of EU, UK and international law in preventing non-communicable diseases – particularly obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, pulmonary diseases and cancers – through tackling the risk factors of unhealthy diets, excessive alcohol consumption, tobacco use and exposure to air pollution.

His research looks at a number of topics, with some examples being: the regulation of mandatory and voluntary communication and information; and regulation of marketing; ethical issues of regulatory (in)action. His special interest is the reduction of health inequalities.

Nikhil’s research has wide geographical application. For instance, his European expertise looks at the constitutional powers, duties and limitations of the European Union and European Commission in consumer protection and public health matters. At a UK level, he looks at the constitutional interactions between the EU and UK legal orders, as well as substantive national law and local authority powers to address non-communicable diseases. His work also extends to international issues, such as global treaties, fundamental rights, and the international bodies involved in the prevention of non-communicable diseases including the World Health Organization, United Nations, and Codex.

Publications

Nikhil Gokani, ‘Alcohol Control: Cumulative Impact Policy’ (UK Health Forum 2014)

Nikhil Gokani, ‘Designated Public Place Order’ (UK Health Forum 2014)

Nikhil Gokani, ‘Early Morning Alcohol Restriction Order’ (UK Health Forum 2014)

Nikhil Gokani, ‘Late Night Levy’ (UK Health Forum 2014)

Nikhil Gokani, ‘Preventing Non-Communicable Diseases: Health Inequalities and Fundamental Rights’ (Liverpool)

Marine Friant-Perrot and Nikhil Gokani, ‘Health Inequalities as a Regulatory Tool to Prevent Non-Communicable Diseases’ (Amman)

Nikhil Gokani, ‘Health Inequalities in the European Union: Implications for the Prevention of Non-Communicable Diseases’ (Paris)

Nikhil Gokani, ‘Law, Behavioural Research and Health’ (Milan)

Nikhil Gokani, ‘The Regulation of Food Information to Consumers in Europe’ (Liverpool)

Teaching and Learning

Contract Law

Commercial Law

Consumer Law

Advertising Law (guest lecturer)

External Engagement

Nikhil is a member of several prestigious national committees. These include two committees at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), including his recent appointment by the Secretary of State for Health to the NICE Appeals Panel. He sits on three committees at the Royal College of Physicians (RCP), including on its Working Party on Air Pollution. He has also served on committees at the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), and the NHS Health and Social Care Information Centre.

Nikhil has reviewed for Routledge and Taylor & Francis; and peer reviewed for the National Institute for Health Research, the Department of Health Policy Research Programme, and the British Medical Journal.

Nikhil has worked with and consulted for various national organisations, including the UK Health Forum and the British Standards Institute. He has also worked on projects for the UK and other national governments; the World Health Organization (WHO); and many other national and international organisations.