Dr Nikhil Gokani

School of Law
Dr Nikhil Gokani
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    4SB.6.13, Colchester Campus

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Dr Nikhil Gokani is Lecturer in Consumer Protection and Public Health Law at the University of Essex. His research explores how we can tackle the risk factors associated with non-communicable diseases (particularly unhealthy diets, excessive alcohol consumption and air pollution) and the associated health inequalities through legal mechanisms. Nikhil’s work brings together public health and national, EU and international law, with a focus on consumer protection, trade and human rights law. Nikhil's primary expertise is in the regulation of consumer food and alcohol information. He works most extensively on regulating front-of-pack nutrition labelling (also the topic of his doctoral thesis). Nikhil is a regular presenter at national and international conferences and has published widely in both peer-reviewed journals and non-academic publications. Nikhil regularly works with governments, non-governmental organisations and other institutions at national and international levels as part of his advisory and consultancy work (such as WHO and its regional offices, UNICEF, UK Public Health Network). He has received funding from prestigious organisations (including the Medical Research Council and the Wellcome Trust). Nikhil is or has been a member of several national committees on health policy, including three committees at the Royal College of Physicians (including its Working Party on Air Pollution), two committees at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) (including its Appeal Panel), the National Institute for Health Research, and most recently to the Secretary of State for Transport's Honorary Medical Advisory Panel (by ministerial appointment). Before moving to Essex, Nikhil worked at the University of Liverpool, where he was Deputy Director of the Law & Non-Communicable Diseases Unit, and he now sits on its Advisory Board. He is Vice President of the Law and Public Health Section of the European Public Health Association, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health. At Essex, Nikhil is Convener of the Health and Medical Humanities Hub and Co-ordinator of the Business Law Cluster. He is lecturer and module director for Contract Law, and lectures Consumer Law and Commercial Law. He also lectures on the Social Determinants of Health module in the School of Health and Social Care. In 2022/23, he will launch a postgraduate module on 'Law and the Commercial Determinants of Health'.

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Public Health Law

Consumer Protection

Food, Nutrition and Alcohol Labelling

Non-Communicable Diseases Prevention

Health Inequalities

Human Rights

Food, Tobacco, Alcohol, Physical Activity, Air Pollution

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Contract Law (LW101)

  • Commercial Contract Law (LW242)

  • Social Determinants of Health (HS869)


Garde, A., Byrne, S., Gokani, N. and Murphy, B., (2017). For a Children’s Rights Approach to Obesity Prevention: The Key Role of an Effective Implementation of the WHO Recommendations. European Journal of Risk Regulation. 8 (2), 327-341

Book chapters (1)

Gokani, N. and Friant-Perrot, M., (2020). Human Rights, Childhood Obesity and Health Inequalities. In: Ending Childhood Obesity - A Challenge at the Crossroads of International Economic and Human Rights Law. Editors: Garde, A., de Schutter, O. and Curtis, J., . Edward Elgar. 978 1 78811 401 1

Reports and Papers (2)

Garde, A., Byrne, S., Gokani, N. and Murphy, B., (2018). A Child Rights-Based Approach to Food Marketing A Guide for Policy Makers

Royal College of Physicians, (2016). Every Breath We Take: The Lifelong Impact of Air Pollution

Grants and funding


Developing laws on front-of-pack nutrition labelling in Uzbekistan

WHO European Office for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases (NCD Office)

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4SB.6.13, Colchester Campus

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