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International Human Rights Law

International Human Rights Law (10th edn)

Rhona K. M. Smith
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date: 03 June 2023

p. 43223. Human rights in practice: the COVID-19 pandemiclocked

p. 43223. Human rights in practice: the COVID-19 pandemiclocked

  • Rhona K. M. SmithRhona K. M. SmithProfessor of International Human Rights, Newcastle University


This chapter provides a case study of some of the implications in international human rights law of the SARS-CoV-2 COVID-19 pandemic, considering positive obligations on States and obligations to work together, as well as a range of rights and freedoms including the right to the highest attainable standard of health, right to privacy, family rights, and freedom of movement. In contrast to earlier chapters which focused on one right/freedom or groups of rights holders, this chapter demonstrates the complexities of human rights in reality by overviewing some of the rights and freedoms engaged by the acts and omissions of governments responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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