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Reclaiming the Voice of Youth: Pandemic Politics and Law and the Invisibility of Youth

2019 will go down in history as the year with the largest transnational youth-led movement of all times: the global climate protests spearheaded by Fridays for Future. A year later, in the midst of an unprecedented global health crisis, the voices of these millions of politically active young people are virtually absent in all important sites of pandemic politics, such as public debates, parliaments, and international institutions. If the COVID-19 pandemic has made one thing abundantly clear it is that the political representation of youth beyond the climate movement stands on very shaky grounds. In this blogpost, we argue that there is an acute need to recognise the agency and creative will of young people in the context of political, legal, economic and societal responses to the pandemic. While international legal scholars have already sought to expose and remedy the marginalisation of other groups such as elderly people (Lebret 2020), indigenous peoples, LGBTIQ+ people, and women, youth is still disturbingly sidelined (Holzscheiter 2019). Recognising both young people’s affectedness and their…

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Persons at Sea, International Law and Covid-19

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to affect people around the world, the scholarly debate on how to uphold the rule of law amid the crisis remains relevant. A significant aspect of this debate has focused on the impact of Covid-19 restrictions on human rights (see, for example, here, here and here). However, it is not…

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“I want to break free”: the WHO Foundation as an Experiment in the Financing of International Organisations

The current COVID-19 pandemic has thrown the World Health Organization (WHO) into sharp relief. Views differ on the questions of whether the WHO has convincingly managed the pandemic, whether its International Health Regulations are up to scratch and whether it and its current leadership are under too heavy influence of China, other member states or even private actors…

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International Law and the Right to Food: What We Can Learn from Racial Justice Movements

Until very recently, international law usually dealt with questions of race and racism through two primary mechanisms: denial and containment. On the one hand, the outlawing and criminalisation of the most egregious forms of racial discrimination contributed to the narrative that international law was the polar opposite and even the primary antagonist of racism, which was…

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The Second Oxford Statement on International Law Protections of the Healthcare Sector During COVID-19: Safeguarding Vaccine Research

The alarming spread of the global COVID-19 pandemic—now infecting nearly 19 million and claiming more than 700,000 lives worldwide—has made it increasingly urgent to define international law protections for the health care sector against malicious cyber operations. In May 2020, malicious cyberattacks on organizations at the frontline of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic—including the…

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