Human Rights and Structural Inequality in the Shadow of COVID-19 – A New Chapter in the Culture Wars?

Australian Yearbook of International Law (Forthcoming)

ANU College of Law Research Paper No. 21.29

17 Pages Posted: 8 Oct 2021

Date Written: October 7, 2021

Abstract

This paper takes structural inequalities of societies as its starting point and premise to assess the state of health of the international human rights legal discipline as it confronts the global pandemic. By way of a couple of case studies, it asks whether international human rights law and its institutions are in fact equipped with the ‘tools’ for the task, and explores how the discipline has reacted to a grassroots political movement, rights-related but not rights-framed, pushing for recognition of racism as a public health crisis. It then considers the conservative backlash to these developments, and asks whether we are entering a new stage of the culture wars around the language, method and assumptions of the discipline.

Keywords: international human rights law, pandemic, COVID-19, public health

Suggested Citation

Zagor, Matthew, Human Rights and Structural Inequality in the Shadow of COVID-19 – A New Chapter in the Culture Wars? (October 7, 2021). Australian Yearbook of International Law (Forthcoming) , ANU College of Law Research Paper No. 21.29, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3937777

Matthew Zagor (Contact Author)

ANU College of Law ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200
Australia

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