1st Edition

Lessons for Implementing Human Rights from COVID-19 How the Pandemic Has Changed the World

    200 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Lessons for Implementing Human Rights from COVID-19 explores the effect of the pandemic on human rights, civil and political rights (CPR), economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR), and freedoms around the world.

     The COVID-19 pandemic radically changed many aspects of the lives of individuals and entire societies. This crisis and the unprecedented experience required extraordinary solutions, regulations and rapid responses from decision-makers to limit the spread of the disease and protect societies. To this end, during this period, many countries chose to impose states of emergency, resulting in the granting of extraordinary powers to the executive. This has sometimes been a very convenient pretext for introducing various types of restrictions, oppressive surveillance and other legal arrangements that can be qualified as human rights violations. The authors make a scholarly summary of this period, identifying possible rights violations — but above all — recommendations for the future. This crisis has shown how important it is to have universal, equitable health and social protection systems that cover all community members equally and without discrimination, and the authors remodel the concept of ‘human rights’ and ‘human needs’. The book covers varied examples from lockdowns to vaccination to information control, across Spain, Poland, South Africa and Uganda, the Czech Republic, Belarus and Ukraine, and Russia.

    This book will appeal to higher-level students and scholars of law, political science, and international relations, and will also be helpful for public policymakers at national and international levels.



    Introduction: How Has the COVID-19 Pandemic Changed the World from the Human Rights Perspective?

    Jędrzej Skrzypczak, Oscar Pérez de la Fuente


    1. Accountability and COVID-19: The Spanish Perspective

    Oscar Pérez de la Fuente


    2. Enforcement of Equality before the Law in Poland during the Coronavirus Pandemic

    Roman Bäcker and Joanna Rak


    3. COVID-19 Entrepreneurs: Corruption and the Violation of the Rights of Health and Development in South Africa and Uganda

    Marianne Séverin and Hannah Muzee


    4. New World Order after the Pandemic: Can “New Political Thinking” be Reinvented?

    A. Yu. Sungurov


    5. Models of Human Resource Management in Healthcare Systems during a Pandemic: The Example of Poland

    Jędrzej Skrzypczak and Tomasz Maksymiuk


    6. Smart Quarantine vs Strict Lockdown: Restrictions on Political Rights in Anti-Pandemic Strategies in the Czech Republic

    Maciej Skrzypek


    7. Is Obligatory Vaccination Against COVID-19 Acceptable from the Human Rights Perspective?

    Tomasz Litwin


    8. Freedom of Speech during the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Jędrzej Skrzypczak and Krzysztof Duda


    9. The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Changes in the Media Market and Information Pluralism

    Wojciech Adamczyk


    10. The COVID-19 Pandemic as another Pretext for Information Control: Case Studies of Belarus and Ukraine

    Vladyslav Zinichenko


    11. Grassroots Activity of Russian Citizens in Response to Worsening the Pandemic-Related Crisis of the State

    Anna Jach


    Conclusion: Lessons for the Future from the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Jędrzej Skrzypczak and Oscar Pérez de la Fuente


    Oscar Pérez de la Fuente is Associate Professor of Philosophy of Law and Political Philosophy in the Department of International and Ecclesiastical Law and Philosophy of Law and in the "Gregorio Peces-Barba" Human Rights Institute at Carlos III University of Madrid, Spain. He has written on cultural pluralism, free speech and legal interpretation. He is Coordinator of the "Cultural pluralism and rights of minorities" workshop, and is currently Vice-Chair of the Research Committee 26 on Human Rights of the International Political Science Association.

    Jędrzej Skrzypczak is Head of the Department of Media Systems and Press Law in the Faculty of Political Science and Journalism at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland. In 2016 and 2022, he was nominated as an official candidate for the National Broadcasting Board by the coalition of opposition parties. He is Chair of the Research Committee 26 on Human Rights of the International Political Science Association and Vice President of the Polish Press Law Association.