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Month: October 2021

Human Mobility and Human Rights in the COVID-19 Pandemic: Revisiting the 14 Principles of Protection for Migrants, Refugees, and Other Displaced Persons

T. Alexander Aleinikoff, Joanne Csete, Guy S. Goodwin-Gill, Ian M. Kysel, Petra Molnar, Kristin Bergtora Sandvik, Monette Zard

Building upon the 14 Principles – which set out how international law should protect migrants, refugees, and other displaced persons during the COVID-19 pandemic and have been endorsed by more than 1,000 scholars worldwide – a group of international law scholars have collaborated to create a series of short essays looking at a set of pressing legal…

Oct 2021

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Human Mobility and Human Rights in the COVID-19 Pandemic: Revisiting the 14 Principles of Protection for Migrants, Refugees, and Other Displaced Persons

T. Alexander Aleinikoff, Joanne Csete, Guy S. Goodwin-Gill, Ian M. Kysel, Petra Molnar, Kristin Bergtora Sandvik, Monette Zard

Building upon the 14 Principles – which set out how international law should protect migrants, refugees, and other displaced persons during the COVID-19 pandemic and have been endorsed by more than 1,000 scholars worldwide – a group of international law scholars have collaborated to create a series of short essays looking at a set of pressing legal…

Oct 2021

Concluding Comments: Revisiting the Principles of Protection for Migrants, Refugees and Other Displaced Persons, One Year On

Guy S. Goodwin-Gill

Within the context of the 14 Principles and to conclude this symposium, I provide a few reflections below on the greatest human rights challenges faced by migrants, refugees, and the displaced in the last year.  As expected, things have gotten worse, and it will take time to re-establish—or even to establish for the first time—protection…

Oct 2021

Refugees and the Scope for Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination

Kristin Bergtora Sandvik

Vaccination programs are regularly celebrated as one of the most successful and cost-effective public health interventions ever developed. Yet, in a global context characterized by an acute lack of vaccines coupled with unfair distribution, COVID-19 vaccination schemes are controversial. Inaccurate and misleading stories about the vaccines risk becoming a “second pandemic.” However, long before COVID-19,…

Oct 2021

COVID-19, Surveillance, and the Border Industrial Complex

Petra Molnar

Technological experimentation at the border is being given free rein, knit together into what amounts to a tapestry of an increasingly powerful global border industrial complex. This experimentation legitimizes techno-solutionism at the expense of human rights and dignity and has only been accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Powerful actors—often in the private sector—increasingly dictate what…

Oct 2021

Implementing Principle 2: The Legal Framework vs. the Reality

Iain Byrne

The international legal framework mandates that everybody, including all people on the move, should enjoy their right to health without discrimination. However, the reality for refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants during the last 12 months of the pandemic has been very different. This is explored below through discussion of the lived experience of millions…

Oct 2021

The Right to Health

Joanne Csete

Among the “14 Principles” for protection of migrants, refugees and displaced persons in the COVID-19 pandemic is that all persons have a right to health, which, in essence, means an equal right to basic health services. In more than a year of COVID-19 challenges, it has become clear that migrants, refugees and displaced persons are…

Oct 2021

Introduction to Symposium

T. Alexander Aleinikoff, Ian M. Kysel, & Monette Zard

A little over one year ago, the scope and scale of the COVID-19 pandemic was becoming apparent, as first China, and then Italy and the United States grappled with the spread of the virus. We began to witness a number of trends in national responses that raised profound implications for all of us, but in particular…

Oct 2021

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Human Mobility and Human Rights in the COVID-19 Pandemic: Revisiting the 14 Principles of Protection for Migrants, Refugees, and Other Displaced Persons

Oct 2021

Concluding Comments: (A) Few Promising Avenues for Promoting the Rights of Migrants in the Post-Pandemic

Ian M. Kysel

More than eighteen months on, the COVID-19 pandemic may have unraveled the idea of human mobility—at least through regular channels—as an inexorable constant of life in the twenty-first century. Thankfully, it has nonetheless made it dramatically clear that the world’s hundreds of millions of migrants are essential members of our communities, particularly as the health…

Oct 2021