People

Nikhil Gokani

Lecturer
School of Law
 Nikhil Gokani
  • Email

  • Telephone

    +44 (0) 1206 872542

  • Location

    4SB.6.13, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    During the Autumn term, my academic support hours are on Thursdays 1.30-3.30pm. To meet at other times, please just send me an email.

Profile

Biography

Nikhil is a Lecturer at the University of Essex. His research explores how we can reduce non-communicable diseases (particularly, cancers, diabetes, chronic lung diseases and cardiovascular diseases) and the associated health inequalities through effective use law and legal instruments. Nikhil’s work conflates public health and local, national and international law through tackling the risk factors of unhealthy diets, excessive alcohol consumption, tobacco use, exposure to air pollution and other commercial determinants of health. 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, charities and other non-governmental organisations at national and international levels as part of his advisory and consultancy work (such as WHO and its regional offices, UNICEF, UK Health Forum). He has received funding from a number of 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. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health. At Essex, Nikhil is module director for Contract Law, and also lectures Consumer Law and Commercial Law. He is the Co-ordinator of the Business Law Cluster and the Convener of the Faculty Hub on Medical Humanities. In 2020/21, he will launch a module on 'Law and the Commercial Determinants of Health'.

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Public Health Law

Open to supervise

Consumer Protection

Nutrition 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)

  • Legal Skills (LW105)

  • Consumer Contract Law (LW241)

  • Commercial Contract Law (LW242)

Publications

Journal articles (3)

Gokani, N., (2018). Regulation for health inequalities and non-communicable diseases: In want of (effective) behavioural insights. European Law Journal. 24 (6), 490-509

Garde, A., Gokani, N. and Friant-Perrot, M., (2018). Children’s Rights, Childhood Obesity and Health Inequalities. UNSCN News. 43, 65-65

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., 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

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

Contact

nikhil.gokani@essex.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1206 872542

Location:

4SB.6.13, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

During the Autumn term, my academic support hours are on Thursdays 1.30-3.30pm. To meet at other times, please just send me an email.