Executive Education

HEC Paris Workshop on Regulation: Regulating Lifestyle Risks in Europe

Invitation, September, 20-21 2012

This session will focus on the challenges and opportunities in regulating lifestyles


Alberto Alemanno (HEC Paris) and Amandine Garde (Durham University) are pleased to welcome you to the 2nd HEC Paris Workshop on Regulation: Regulating Lifestyle Risks in Europe


The case for - and against - NCDS & possible approaches to lifestyle régulation

For the first time, a global consensus has been reached at the General Assembly on the actions required to tackle non‐communicable diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes, heart diseases and strokes, chronic respiratory diseases and cancers which together killed more than 38 million people in 2010 (i.e. more than 60 per cent of the 57 million deaths). This session discusses the outcomes of the UN meeting and explores its impact on action about NCDs in the EU and beyond. In particular, it will focus on the challenges and opportunities in regulating lifestyles. Here we take an overall look at key trends, focusing upon some of the complications and uncertainties, and the policy challenges they pose.

Global burden and threat of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), major challenges for development

In September 2011, the UN General Assembly declared that the global burden and threat of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) constituted one of the major challenges for development in the twenty-first century: in 2008, 36 of the 57 million deaths globally (63%) were attributed to NCDs, including cardiovascular diseases, cancers, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes. By recognizing NCDs as largely preventable, it urged the international community to take action at global, regional and national levels to prevent and control their surge.

The European Union has recently recognized the growing impact of NCDs on the EU's economy and the well-being of its citizens and has consequently started to develop policies intended to tackle the four main factors to which they are linked. Nevertheless, if common themes emerge between the different EU policies intended to promote healthier lifestyles, no attempt has yet been made to systematize them.

This 2-day workshop will thus discuss the emerging global phenomenon of regulating lifestyle risks, also called risk factors, such as harmful use of alcohol, unhealthy diets, tobacco use, and gambling, in light of the legal, political and moral challenges facing any attempt made at regulating individual choices. It targets industry representatives, researchers and academics as well as policymakers and other interested parties. The event will be addressing the emerging policy and legal initiatives adopted across jurisdictions by focusing in particular on the role of the EU in developing lifestyle policies and regulations.