New International Research Network to study EU Health Policy

EU flagProfessor Tamara Hervey is a co-investigator and major contributor to a new international research network. 

The Jean Monnet Health Law and Policy Network brings together scholars across regions, across disciplines, and across generations in order to build capacity in the study of EU Health Policy. Health care, in the original intent and design of the European Union, was meant to remain under the jurisdiction of discrete Member States. However, due to shifts in international migration, in the development of a specific body of EU health law, and in the way in which health care itself is structured, health policy is now a valid and important field of study at the EU level. Indeed, its cross-cutting nature makes it an ideal case study for studying European integration itself. But the study of health policy is also fragmented according to country, discipline, and issue. This Network will provide a clear focal point for the comparative study of health policy and law, for the diffusion of high-quality information on health policy, and for the training of new scholars and policy officers in this area.

The Network's Principal Investigator is Katherine Fierlbeck, of Dalhousie, Canada. She will visit Sheffield and give a lecture/seminar. As a Co-Investigator, Tammy will be leading the Working Groups on EU Health Law and Policy in comparative frames; and on National Health Care Systems and the Rise of International Trade Agreements. A series of workshops/panels at conferences/visits in Denmark, Belgium, Spain, Canada and the USA will be supported by the Network's funding. The activities of the Working Group on Health Law and Policy in comparative frames will eventually lead to a major research output: an OUP Research Handbook in Comparative Health Law (co-edited with David Orentlicher, Indiana), with 50 contributors. Tammy will also be contributing to the other Working Groups, particularly that on Health Care and the Fate of Social Europe.

The project as a whole includes pedagogical / training outputs, summer schools, cafés scientifiques, as well as more traditional research outputs. It will last for three years, beginning in October 2017.