Closing Plenary: From Global to Local – Guiding COVID-19 Laws and Policies

2:30 – 3:30 p.m. ET Thursday, September 17

Globally, the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged policymakers to make critical choices in a complex, changing environment. Amid uncertainties, legal decisions determining the fate of human lives and economies must be based on the best available scientific evidence, guided by principles of health justice, and reflective of evolving concepts of human rights. This closing plenary session takes a “global to local” perspective by identifying universal threats from the COVID-19 pandemic, assessing how varying countries’ responses support improved health through human rights, and applying key observations to local communities.

  • John Monahan, Network for Public Health Law Advisory Board Member, Senior Advisor for Global Initiatives to the President of Georgetown University
  • Umunyana Rugege, Executive Director, Section 27
  • Matthew Kavanagh, Director, Global Health and Politics Initiative, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law
  • Lindsay F. Wiley, JD, MPH, Professor of Law, Director of Health Law and Policy Program, American University Washington College of Law