New Book Co-Edited by Professor Davis Explores Impact of COVID-19 on Human Rights


06.30.21 — Professor Martha Davis, faculty director for Northeastern Law’s Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy and NuLawLab, is the co-editor of a newly published book,  COVID-19 and Human Rights (Routledge, 2021). This timely collection, co-edited with Morten Kjaerum, adjunct professor at University of Aalborg, Denmark, and director of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law in Lund, Sweden, and Amanda Lyons, lecturer in law and executive director of the Human Rights Center at University of Minnesota Law School, brings together original explorations of the COVID-19 pandemic and its wide-ranging, global effects on human rights.

Contributors to the collection, including Professor Brook Baker, argue that a human rights perspective is necessary to understand the pervasive consequences of the crisis. Acknowledging the pandemic as a defining moment for human rights, the volume proposes a post-crisis human rights agenda to engage civil society and government at all levels in concrete measures to roll back increasing inequality.

With rich examples, new thinking and provocative analyses of human rights, COVID-19, pandemics, crises and inequality, this book will be of key interest to scholars, students and practitioners in all areas of human rights, global governance and public health, as well as others who are ready to embark on an exploration of these complex challenges.

“The pieces in this collection make the case that a human rights perspective is critical to both the response to COVID-19 and the recovery from the pandemic,” said Davis.

Davis’ previous books include Global Urban Justice: The Rise of Human Rights Cities; Human Rights Advocacy in the United States; Bringing Human Rights Home; Brutal Need: Lawyers and the Welfare Rights Movement and Research Handbook on Human Rights and Poverty .

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