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Healthier law: Closing the gap in evidence around public health law


Champion of public health law research, Professor Scott Burris, told a packed seminar that public health law had achieved some of the greatest health gains of the 20th Century, but there was still little empirical research internationally into the outcomes and unintended consequences of the law.

The seminar, co-hosted by the Prevention Centre and The George Institute for Global Health, heard how a focus on informed, evidence-based decision making could produce greater and more equitable gains in public health.

Professor Burris spoke of the importance of collaboration between the legal and public health communities, and of the value of lawyers understanding and adopting public health methods of inquiry to produce rigorous, policy-relevant research.

The event was livestreamed and viewers around the country were able to ask questions in real time.

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1605 Healthier law seminar: Scott Burris

Champion of public health law research, Professor Scott Burris, told a packed seminar that public health law had achieved some of the greatest health gains of the 20th Century, but there was still little empirical research internationally into the outcomes and unintended consequences of the law.

The seminar, co-hosted by the Prevention Centre and The George Institute for Global Health, heard how a focus on informed, evidence-based decision making could produce greater and more equitable gains in public health.

Professor Burris spoke of the importance of collaboration between the legal and public health communities, and of the value of lawyers understanding and adopting public health methods of inquiry to produce rigorous, policy-relevant research.

The event was livestreamed and viewers around the country were able to ask questions in real time.

Photo gallery

1605 Healthier law seminar: Scott Burris

Professor Scott 1604 BURRIS, Scott_163x200-horizontal_reverse(facing to the left)Burris is Professor of Law and Public Health at Temple University, Philadelphia, US, where he directs Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Public Health Law Research and Policies for Action programs. His work focuses on how law influences public health, and what interventions can make laws and law enforcement practices healthier in their effects. He has served as a consultant to numerous US and international organisations, including the WHO, and he is a founder of Legal Science, LLC, a private company dedicated to the social mission of improving access to legal information and the supporting the practice of policy surveillance.