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  • June 4, 2020 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm

This panel discussion will explore the human rights and international law dimensions of the COVID-19 pandemic

About this Event

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The human rights impacts of COVID-19 are significant and wide-ranging: from the legitimacy of restrictions of individual rights in emergency measures for COVID-19, to people’s ability to access existing and future COVID-19-related prevention, treatment and care, to the social safety nets necessary to mitigate the economic hardships of lockdowns.

Rights like health, life and non-discrimination have implications for what states should and shouldn’t do when it comes to lockdowns, recovery measures and health care for COVID-19. International law more generally guides what states should do in pandemics, primarily through the International Health Regulations which govern how countries detect, assess and report on pandemics.

This webinar, supported by the Dalla Lana School of Public Health’s Centre for Global Health and University of Toronto Faculty of Law’s Mary and Philip Seeman Health Law, Policy, and Ethics Seminar Series, will bring together a group of international human rights law scholars to consider key dimensions of these human rights and international law dimensions of COVID-19: from the role of the World Health Organization and the efficacy of the International Health Regulations, to the human rights legitimacy of lockdown measures and surveillance techniques, to the right to health implications of accessing current and future essential COVID health care.



  • Lisa Forman, Associate Professor, DLSPH, Canada Research Chair on Human Rights and Global Health Equity


  • Professor Brigit Toebes, Chair, Health Law in a Global Context and Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Groningen, the Netherlands.
  • Professor Sharifah Sekalala, Associate Professor and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, School of Law, University of Warwick, United Kingdom.
  • Dr. Katrina Perehudoff, postdoctoral fellow, DLSPH and International Centre for Reproductive Health, a WHO Collaborating Centre at Ghent University, Belgium
  • Professor Jennifer Sellin, Assistant professor, Department of International & European Law, Maastricht University, the Netherlands.

The webinar will take place on Zoom on Thursday, June 4th 2020 – Please register to receive a webinar link and password TWO HOURS before the event.

The webinar will be available on the Dalla Lana School of Public Health’s YouTube Page after the livestream concludes.