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Strengthening Human Rights in Global Health Law: Lessons from the COVID-19 Response

Bueno De Mesquita, Judith and Kapilashrami, Anuj and Mason, Benjamin Mason (2021) 'Strengthening Human Rights in Global Health Law: Lessons from the COVID-19 Response.' The Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, 49 (2). 328 - 331. ISSN 1073-1105

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While human rights law has evolved to provide guidance to governments in realizing human rights in public health emergencies, the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged the foundations of human rights in global health governance. Public health responses to the pandemic have undermined international human rights obligations to realize (1) the rights to health and life, (2) human rights that underlie public health, and (3) international assistance and cooperation. As governments prepare for revisions of global health law, new opportunities are presented to harmonize global health law and human rights law, strengthening rights-based governance to respond to future threats.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: United Nations
Uncontrolled Keywords: Human Rights, Global Health, COVID-19, World Health Organization
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > Law, School of
Faculty of Science and Health > Health and Social Care, School of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2021 08:21
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2021 09:15

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