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Human Rights Principles in Public Health Emergencies: From the Siracusa Principles to COVID-19 and Beyond

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Yet when COVID-19 – the greatest health emergency in a century – devastated the world, the Siracusa Principles seemed unequal to the task – too narrow, including with their remit limited to civil and political rights, not sufficiently specific, and above all, without sufficient accountability.

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COVID-19 Showcased Failed Global Cooperation

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By Kayum Ahmed, Julia Bleckner, and Kyle Knight In mid-May, the World Health Organization officially declared the “emergency” phase of the COVID-19 pandemic over. Public health emergencies aren’t entirely preventable. Solidarity operates at two intersecting levels.

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Non-State Actors and Public Health Emergencies

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By Rossella De Falco Strong, well-coordinated and resilient public health care services play a vital role in preventing and responding to public health crises. What are, however, the specific legal and ethical implications of involving private actors in health care vis-à-vis public health emergencies?

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Conclusion to the Symposium: From Principles to Practice: Human Rights and Public Health Emergencies

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While receiving significant global traction and acceptance since their publication in 1985, the Siracusa Principles, the authors argue, proved to be simply “unequal to the task” of guiding States’ conduct in the context of COVID-19 because they are “unable to speak in any significant detail to the particular concerns of public health crises.”

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Public Health Emergencies and Human Rights Principles: A Solidarity Approach

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By Anne Kjersti Befring and Cecilia Marcela Bailliet Introduction The COVID-19 pandemic posed a grave threat to humanity and revealed the need for a new approach to improve transnational cooperation within the global health system and new perspectives on solidarity addressing the cross-border spread of infection and distribution of vaccines.

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Rebuilding Trust in Public Health and Public Health Law

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Wolf With our recent (and continuing) experience of the devastating COVID-19 global pandemic, one might think that our collective appreciation for public health efforts and the people advancing those efforts would be high. An essential first step is to refocus on the “public” in public health.

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Introduction to the Symposium: From Principles to Practice: Human Rights and Public Health Emergencies

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By Roojin Habibi, Timothy Fish Hodgson, and Alicia Ely Yamin Today, as the world transitions from living in the grips of a novel coronavirus to living with an entrenched, widespread infectious disease known as COVID-19, global appreciation for the human rights implications of public health crises are once again rapidly fading from view.