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Regulating Tobacco, Alcohol and Unhealthy Foods: The Legal Issues

Wednesday 13 August, 2014

On 12 August 2014, the McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer and Melbourne Law School launched the book Regulating Tobacco, Alcohol and Unhealthy Foods: The Legal Issues co-edited by Professor Tania Voon, Professor Andrew Mitchell and Jonathan Liberman.

The book was launched by Professor David Hill AO, with presentations from Professor Tania Voon, Jonathan Liberman, and a panel discussion with co-authors Sondra Davoren, Caroline Mills and Alexandra Jones.

Editors Professor Andrew Mitchell, Professor Tania Voon, and Jonathan Liberman, with co-authors Sondra Davoren, Alexandra Jones, and Caroline Mills

The book describes some of the legal implications surrounding the regulation of risk factors for NCDs. The need to reduce disability and premature deaths from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) is increasingly engaging international organisations and national and sub-national governments. In this book, experts from a range of backgrounds provide insights into the legal implications of regulating tobacco, alcohol and unhealthy foods, all of which are risk factors for NCDs. As individual countries and the international community move to increase targeting of these risk factors, affected industries are turning to national and international law to challenge the resulting regulations.

This book explores how the effective regulation of tobacco, alcohol and unhealthy foods can be achieved within the context of international health law, international trade and investment law, international human rights law, international intellectual property law, and domestic laws on constitutional and other matters. Its contributors consider the various tensions that arise in regulating NCD risk factors, as well as offering an original analysis of the relationship between evidence and health regulation.

Covering a range of geographical areas, including the Americas, the European Union, Africa and Oceania, the book offers lessons for health and policy practitioners and scholars in navigating the complex legal fields in which the regulation of tobacco, alcohol and unhealthy foods takes place.

For more details on the publication, or to place an order, please click here.