International Law & COVID-19 Symposium

International Law & COVID-19 Symposium

About the Symposium

COVID-19 has upended our reality in many ways, exposing systemic failures and highlighting injustices.  At the same time, it has provided an opening to consider new approaches.  The International Law and COVID-19 Symposium, hosted by the University of Miami School of Law International and Graduate Law Programs and Human Rights Clinic, in collaboration with the Human Rights Society, Health Law Association, and University of Miami International and Comparative Law Review — examined the impact of COVID-19 on international law on April 12 & 16, 2021.  In particular, the symposium focused on intersections of COVID-19 with human rights and public health, including state obligations towards vulnerable populations, rights restrictions to protect public health, environmental aspects, reactions by international and regional human rights bodies, and public health responses. 

Symposium Agenda

thumbnail of grossmanMONDAY, APRIL 12 - (WATCH: Day One of the Symposium)

9:00 a.m. - Welcome

  • Anthony Varona, Dean and M. Minnette Massey Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law
  • Bernard H. Oxman, Richard A. Hausler Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law

9:15 a.m. - Introduction: Building the Legal Framework

Claudio Grossman, Professor of Law, Dean Emeritus, Raymond I. Geraldson Scholar for International and Humanitarian Law, American University Washington College of Law; Member, UN International Law Commission

9:25 a.m. - COVID-19 and Human Rights Law

Moderator: Tamar Ezer, Acting Director and Lecturer in Law, Human Rights Clinic University of Miami School of Law

Speakers:

  • Caroline Bettinger-López, Professor of Clinical Legal Education and Director, Human Rights Clinic, University of Miami School of Law
  • Leilani Farha, former UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing; Global Director, The Shift
  • Charles C. Jalloh, Professor of Law, Florida International University College of Law; Member, UN International Law Commission
  • Antonia Urrejola Noguera, President, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
  • Nilüfer Oral, Director, Centre of International Law, National University of Singapore; Law Faculty, Istanbul Bilgi University; Member, UN International Law Commission  
  • Madeleine Plasencia, Visiting Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law

11:00 a.m. - Close

FRIDAY, APRIL 16 - (WATCH: Day Two of the Symposium)

speaker from day 29:00 a.m. - Introductory Remarks
JoNel Newman, Professor of Clinical Legal Education and Director, Health Rights Clinic

9:10 a.m.  - COVID-19 and Public Health Law

Moderator: Gabriel Scheffler, Associate Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law

Speakers:

  • Aziza Ahmed, Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law 
  • Jonathan Cohen, Program Director, Public Health Program, Open Society Foundations
  • Eric A. Friedman, Global Health Justice Scholar, O’Neill Institute for National & Global Health Law, Georgetown University Law Center 
  • Emely Sanchez, MPH, JD Candidate, Health Law Association President, University of Miami

10:20 a.m. - Closing Reflections

Caroline Bradley, Professor of Law, Dean's Distinguished Scholar, Associate Dean for International and Graduate Programs, University of Miami School of Law

10:30 a.m. - Close

Rapporteurs: 

  • Joseph Candelaria, Student, Human Rights Clinic, University of Miami School of Law
  • Gita Howard, Student Fellow, Human Rights Clinic, University of Miami School of Law


Biographies

 

Contact Information

Human Rights Clinic
University of Miami School of Law
1311 Miller Drive, E295A
Coral Gables, FL 33146
Email: HRC@law.miami.edu
Phone: 305-284-1678
Fax: 305-284-6093

 

Symposium Sponsors

International and Graduate Programs

Human Rights Clinic

Human Rights Society

Health Law Association

Environmental Law Program

International and Comparative Law Review

 

 

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CONTACT INFORMATION

Human Rights Clinic
University of Miami School of Law
1311 Miller Drive, E295A
Coral Gables, FL 33146
Phone: 305-284-1678
Fax: 305-284-6093


FACULTY

Caroline Bettinger-López
Caroline Bettinger-López
Professor of Law & Director, Human Rights Clinic
 

Tamar Ezer
Tamar Ezer
Acting Director, Human Rights Clinic and Lecturer in Law

Denisse Montes
R. Denisse Córdova Montes
Acting Associate Director, Human Rights Clinic & Lecturer in Law

STAFF

Rose Dominguez
Rose Dominguez
Senior Manager
(305) 284-4542
rdominguez@law.miami.edu

 

Dalgys Estrabao
Dalgys Estrabao
Senior Manager
(305) 284-8537
destrabao@law.miami.edu

 

PHOTOS

See more photos of the Human Rights Clinic in action on Flickr


Carrie Bettinger Lopez with Joe Biden
It's On Us
Professor Caroline Bettinger-Lopez (former White House Advisor on Violence Against Women) with former Vice President Biden at the It's On Us Rally at the University of Miami (March 2018).

 

Professor Tamar Ezer and Gabrielle Wynn, J.D. ’20

UN Advocacy
Professor Tamar Ezer and Gabrielle Wynn, J.D. ’20 participate in Estonia’s review before the UN Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights in Geneva, Switzerland.

 

Group of students standing in front of CIW building.

Partners
The Human Rights Clinic and the Voces Unidas Coalition visit the Coalition of Immokalee Workers in Immokalee, Florida.

 

Panelists in discussion

Petty Offenses Symposium
Professor Tamar Ezer, Conor Arevalo, J.D. ’21 Melanie Ng, J.D. ’21 David Stuzin, J.D. ’21 present at the Petty Offenses Symposium: Challenging Criminalization of Poverty and Marginalization.

Support Us


CONTACT INFORMATION

Human Rights Clinic
University of Miami School of Law
1311 Miller Drive, E295A
Coral Gables, FL 33146
Phone: 305-284-1678
Fax: 305-284-6093


FACULTY

Caroline Bettinger-López
Caroline Bettinger-López
Professor of Law & Director, Human Rights Clinic
 

Tamar Ezer
Tamar Ezer
Acting Director, Human Rights Clinic and Lecturer in Law

Denisse Montes
R. Denisse Córdova Montes
Acting Associate Director, Human Rights Clinic & Lecturer in Law

STAFF

Rose Dominguez
Rose Dominguez
Senior Manager
(305) 284-4542
rdominguez@law.miami.edu

 

Dalgys Estrabao
Dalgys Estrabao
Senior Manager
(305) 284-8537
destrabao@law.miami.edu

 

PHOTOS

See more photos of the Human Rights Clinic in action on Flickr


Carrie Bettinger Lopez with Joe Biden
It's On Us
Professor Caroline Bettinger-Lopez (former White House Advisor on Violence Against Women) with former Vice President Biden at the It's On Us Rally at the University of Miami (March 2018).

 

Professor Tamar Ezer and Gabrielle Wynn, J.D. ’20

UN Advocacy
Professor Tamar Ezer and Gabrielle Wynn, J.D. ’20 participate in Estonia’s review before the UN Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights in Geneva, Switzerland.

 

Group of students standing in front of CIW building.

Partners
The Human Rights Clinic and the Voces Unidas Coalition visit the Coalition of Immokalee Workers in Immokalee, Florida.

 

Panelists in discussion

Petty Offenses Symposium
Professor Tamar Ezer, Conor Arevalo, J.D. ’21 Melanie Ng, J.D. ’21 David Stuzin, J.D. ’21 present at the Petty Offenses Symposium: Challenging Criminalization of Poverty and Marginalization.