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Public Law Responses to COVID-19: Webinar #4

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COVID-19, Human Rights Restrictions and Proportionality

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This webinar will focus on restrictions to various human rights – such as freedom of movement and association, and the right to an adequate standard of living. It will note the various countervailing human rights arguments for imposing restrictions of this kind – including the right to the highest attainable level of health. Drawing on public health and economic experts, as well as experts on human rights and proportionality, it will debate how these different rights are best weighed or balanced – or how we achieve a truly proportionate set of restrictions on some rights in the name of protecting others.

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  • Professor Richard Holden, Director, New Economic Policy Initiative, University of New South Wales
  • Professor Marylouise McLaws, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales; Member, World Health Organization (WHO) Health Emergencies Program Experts Advisory Panel for Infection Prevention and Control Preparedness, Readiness and Response to COVID-19
  • Mr Edward Santow, Human Rights Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission

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  • Professor Rosalind Dixon, Director, Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law, University of New South Wales

This Webinar is a joint initiative of the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law and the New Economic Policy Initiative at the University of New South Wales

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