Meetup 17 : Thursday, November 02 at 1 pm Geneva Time – 8 am US Eastern time- 12 pm London time
Restricting rights in the name of health
During COVID, almost every country in the world implemented unprecedented and wide-ranging measures to control and prevent the transmission of SARS-CoV-2, from quarantines, emergency orders, lockdowns to travel restrictions. In almost all countries, these measures significantly restricted human rights to free movement, assembly, privacy, health, food, education, and social security. While a global health emergency of this nature clearly merited an exceptional response, policy-makers rarely considered human rights criteria for such restrictions. Nor were COVID-related disruptions to health and social welfare generally understood as limitations of the economic, social, and cultural rights they often severely impacted. At the same time, anti-scientific views saw the very existence of the COVID pandemic disputed so that in many places, any pandemic measure was disputed as either necessary or proportionate. The pandemic thus raised pressing questions: about what COVID taught us about the extent to which human rights can and should be limited during a crisis; about collective obligations correlative to human rights; and about the relative dearth of attention to limitations of economic, social, and cultural rights during COVID. This panel brings together a range of human rights scholars to engage in a broad-ranging discussion on these and other questions.
Chair: Sally Davies
Editor, Aeon magazine
Scientia Associate Professor of Law, Faculty of Law & Justice, University of New South Wales.
Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Human Rights and Global Health Equity, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto.
Dr, Associate Professor of Department of Law and Co-Director of the Centre for Medical Ethics and Law, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR of the People’s
Republic of China
Professor of Law and Associate Dean of Faculty and Global Programs, Boston College Law School.
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