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 exposure to air pollution) and the associated health inequalities through legal mechanisms. Nikhil’s work conflates 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, and 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 Pubic Health Network). 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, 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 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 also lectures Consumer Law and Commercial Law. In 2021/22, he will launch a postgraduate module on 'Law and the Commercial Determinants of Health'.