- Public health law is a valuable tool to improve population health, but sometimes laws fail to achieve what was originally intended.
- This PhD project developed a new method of evaluating public health law, by using case law to understand what happens when laws are tested in the real world.
- We found that judicial decisions in cases involving the development or licensing of liquor outlets, hotels, pubs and clubs usually favour industry and pro-competition considerations rather than public health.
- Using this method can help governments target laws to protect population health more effectively.
- We need more robust evaluation of public health law to see what works and whether there are unintended consequences, particularly for at-risk communities.