Rights in a time of quarantine : an extended look
UK Human Rights Blog, Blogpost, 2020, [LAW]
COGHLAN, Niall, Rights in a time of quarantine : an extended look, UK Human Rights Blog, Blogpost, 2020, [LAW] - https://hdl.handle.net/1814/66734
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Quarantines and lockdowns are sweeping Europe: Italy, France, Spain. Through them, states seek to contain Covid-19 and so save lives. It is difficult to imagine higher stakes from a human rights perspective: mass interferences with whole populations’ liberties on one side; the very weighty public interest in protecting lives on the other; and all this under the shadow of uncertainty and disorder. What, if anything, do human rights have to say? To begin sketching an answer to this complex question, this post analyses the situation in the European state furthest down this path: Italy. After outlining the Italian measures (I), it argues that Italy’s mass restrictions on internal movement are unlikely to violate the right to free movement but pose problems in respect of the right to liberty (II). I conclude by summarising the tangle of other rights issues those measures raise and making a tentative reflection on the currently limited role of human rights law (III).
Published online on 17 March 2020
Cadmus permanent link: https://hdl.handle.net/1814/66734
External link: https://ukhumanrightsblog.com/2020/03/17/rights-in-a-time-of-quarantine-niall-coghlan/
Series/Number: UK Human Rights Blog; Blogpost; 2020; [LAW]
Publisher: Crown Office Row barristers' chambers
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