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Dr Edward Dove presents at first virtual seminar of the Northern UK (NUK) Human Rights Network

Tue 2 June 2020

woman wearing a medical mask

On Friday, 29 May, Edward (Ted) Dove presented to the Northern UK (NUK) Human Rights Network as part of its first virtual seminar on 'Human Rights in Crisis: Tensions and challenges in the current pandemic'. This seminar was the first in a planned series and was hosted by the University of Glasgow’s Centre for International Law & Security and chaired by Anni Pues.

One of four presenters, Ted delivered some preliminary observations from the multi-university, cross-nation project ‘COVID-19 and the Ethico-Legal Challenges of Coordination and Variation for UK Health Professionals and Organisations’.  He explained how the project is tracking and systematising the early health policy responses to COVID-19 to explain the measurers to health professionals as well as the broader public. A key question examined by the project is what does ‘public health’ mean? Taking a broad approach to the concept, the project includes private actors and public agencies that support public health, alongside the NHS. In particular, it considers social care, typically provided by local authorities, which could include child protection agents as well as other wellbeing professionals. Ted’s presentation clearly outlined a range of socio-economic rights implicated by the variable service provider responses and his talk was met with enthusiastic responses from the virtual audience, especially in the context of providing guidance for doctors so that they can better communicate with their patients.

NUK is a human rights network jointly organised by the Global Justice Academy with academics from the University of Newcastle along with other colleagues from the Universities of Strathclyde and Glasgow.