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Rights at Stake and the COVID-19 Pandemic Two Special Issues of the Journal of Human Rights

Edited By Shareen Hertel, Catherine Buerger Copyright 2023
    254 Pages
    by Routledge

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    The COVID-19 pandemic has reshaped life across the world, placing people at risk as our responses to it alter not only health and wellbeing but also governance, economies, social relations, and our interaction with the natural environment. This volume draws globally recognized human rights scholars and practitioners into dialogue over the costs and consequences of the pandemic. With insights and data from fields as diverse as medicine, anthropology, political science, social work, business, and law, these contributors help us make sense of the pandemic’s ongoing effects and its potential impact on future systems and processes. Drawn from two special issues of The Journal of Human Rights—one published within eight months of the first lockdowns, the other published almost two years into the pandemic—this book offers one of the most comprehensive collections of such research available. It will be of interest to researchers and advanced students of Politics, Sociology, Social Work, Economics, Anthropology, Social and Political Geography, and Public Policy.

    Part 1: Early Views and Analysis of the Pandemic

    Introduction—Human rights in the time of COVID-19

    Shareen Hertel, Catherine Buerger, and Benjamin Carbonetti

    Centering Rights-Based Theory and Praxis

    1. Revisiting interdependence in times and terms of crisis

    Michael Goodhart

    2. A forecasted failure: Intersectionality, COVID-19, and the perfect storm

    Kimberly Theidon

    3. Solidarity in times of crisis

    Kathryn Libal and Prakash Kashwan

    Re-examining Health

    4. Global health and human rights in the time of COVID-19: Response, restrictions, legitimacy

    Lisa Forman and Jillian Clare Kohler

    5. Human rights obligations of drug companies

    Michael Santoro and Robert Shanklin

    6. What COVID-19 revealed about health, human rights, and the WHO

    Wendy H. Wong and Eileen A. Wong

    Contesting Power and Control

    7. Legal empowerment approaches in the context of COVID-19

    Sukti Dhital and Tyler Walton

    8. Freedom of movement, migration, and borders

    Jaya Ramji-Nogales and Iris Goldner Lang

    9. State surveillance and the COVID-19 crisis

    Kristine Eck and Sophia Hatz

    10. Hazardous confinement during the COVID-19 pandemic: The fate of migrants detained yet nondeportable

    Didier Fassin

    Part II: Ongoing Debates

    Introduction—Beyond complacency and acrimony: Studying human rights in a post-COVID-19 world

    Giacomo Chiozza and Jeffrey King

    11. The state of human rights in a (post) COVID-19 world

    Giacomo Chiozza and Jeffrey King

    Windows of Opportunity to Worsen Human Rights

    12. Can nonviolent resistance survive COVID-19?

    Erica Chenoweth

    13. The COVID-19 pandemic and authoritarian consolidation in North Africa

    Sammy Z. Badran and Brian Turnbull

    Fighting COVID-19, Maintain Human Rights: Challenges and Tradeoffs

    14. Pandemic patriarchy: The impact of a global health crisis on women’s rights

    Alison Brysk

    15. The effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on human rights practices: Findings from the Human Rights Measurement Initiative’s 2021 Practitioner Survey

    K. Chad Clay, Mennah Abdelwahab, Stephen Bagwell, Morgan Barney,Eduardo Burkle, Tori Hawley, Thalia Kehoe Rowden, Meridith LaVelle, Asia Parker, and Matthew Rains

    16. Global perceptions of South Korea’s COVID-19 policy responses: Topic modeling with tweets

    Jeong-Woo Koo

    Lessons Learned for the Future

    17. Hindsight is 2020: Lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic for future human rights research

    Amanda Murdie


    Shareen Hertel is Professor of Political Science at the University of Connecticut, USA, jointly appointed with the UConn Human Rights Institute. She is Editor of The Journal of Human Rights and has worked with United Nations agencies, foundations, and nongovernmental organizations in the United States, Latin America, and South Asia.

    Catherine Buerger is the Director of Research at the Dangerous Speech Project (DSP). She is the Managing Editor of The Journal of Human Rights and has published widely in academic and policy outlets. She holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Connecticut.