Tag: #Pandemic

  • Human Rights in the Age of Covid: New Challenges, Old Solutions?

    Human Rights in the Age of Covid: New Challenges, Old Solutions?

    By Maria O’Sullivan In 2020, human rights law is being tested to its limits.  As we are now all aware, in March 2020, the World Health Organization declared that an outbreak of the viral disease COVID-19 had reached the level of a global pandemic and called for governments to take urgent action to stop the spread […]

  • Is protesting during the pandemic an ‘essential’ right that should be protected?

    Is protesting during the pandemic an ‘essential’ right that should be protected?

    By Maria O’Sullivan Protests are increasingly breaking out around the world as people begin to chafe against lockdown restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In the US, President Donald Trump is fuelling the spread of protest movements nationwide with tweets to “liberate” certain states. This month, car convoy protests were also held here in Australia, as well as in Poland and Brazil. […]

  • Explainer: what are the laws mandating self-isolation and how will they be enforced?

    Explainer: what are the laws mandating self-isolation and how will they be enforced?

    By Maria O’Sullivan and Caroline Henckels Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced that anyone entering Australia must enter a 14-day self-quarantine period. Some questions have been raised as to how this new mandate would be administered and enforced. The answer to these questions relies on a somewhat complex patchwork of state and federal laws and […]