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The Law Centre for Health and Life generates knowledge at the intersection of law, health, and the living environment.


The Law Center for Health and Life strives to understand how law, regulation and policy impact on health and in turn, how health, including environmental health and technological advances in the field of health, impacts law and policy. 


The Centre works from a strong foundation in bioethical values and fundamental rights. The Centre’s work impacts multiple levels of society by supporting innovative legal solutions at local, national, European and international level that protect vulnerable citizens in the face of public, medical, and industrial powers in the field of health and environmental health challenges. 


The Law Center for Health and Life is founded on curiosity-driven research, autonomy, and academic freedom. The Centre fosters an inclusive academic environment with diverse disciplinary knowledge and skill sets from a range of legal fields. In our work we connect with other disciplines  such as (bio)medicine,  environmental sciences, public health and epidemiology, policy and governance, political science, anthropology and sociology, economics, and other fields. The Law Centre for Health and Life seeks new knowledge through the use of multi- and interdisciplinary research methods. 

The Law Center for Health and Life achieves its goals through:

  • High impact research that the Centre disseminates to audiences within and beyond the legal world with legal findings relevant to their spheres of work. 
  • Societal connection by engaging closely with key stakeholders in the field of health and health-related policy. 
  • Education excellence by connecting groundbreaking research to teaching in the newly accredited UvA Master's programme on Health Law and through contributions to (interdisciplinary) health and law programs within the UvA.

Position in the UvA community

The Law Center for Health and Life’s home academic environment is the Amsterdam Law School at the University of Amsterdam. The Centre collaborates closely with partners both in- and outside the University of Amsterdam/AmsterdamUMC. The Centre works with 3 prestigious UvA Research Priority Areas on: