This webinar addresses debates in the World Health Assembly on the human rights impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and human rights strengthening in global health governance. Human rights law is central to the COVID-19 response, with this webinar engaging with human rights frameworks to address pandemic threats. Arising out of the human rights analyses of the Independent Panel on Pandemic Preparedness & Response (IPPPR), this panel discussion will support those seeking to reform the World Health Organisation (WHO) to strengthen global health and human rights.
The discussion will focus on the contemporary importance of human rights to global health governance, with presentations on the:
* human rights impacts of the COVID-19 response (Judith Bueno de Mesquita, University of Essex);
* harmonisation of international human rights law and global health law (Timothy Fish, International Commission of Jurists);
* mainstreaming of human rights in WHO governance (Benjamin Mason Meier, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill); and
* practical implementation of human rights in revisions of the International Health Regulations (IHR) (Sharifah Sekalala, University of Warwick).
This webinar will provide an overview of human rights in global health, assess the human rights implications of COVID-19, and examine prospects in the World Health Assembly for strengthening global health law and governance to face future pandemic threats.
Co-Sponsored by the:
University of Essex Human Rights Centre
International Commission of Jurists
Global Health Law Consortium