Aidyn L Iachini, Tasha M Childs,
Resources for Families during COVID-19: A Content Analysis of Information Provided on School District Web Sites, 2021.04.21,
This article examines whether school district Web sites in one southeastern state provided information about COVID-19 and 11 other resources and discusses the implications for school social workers related to crisis response and leadership around contributing to efforts that aim to address educational disparities and inequities and maximize student success during this time of crisis.
The Global Trust Deficit Disorder: A Communications Perspective on Trust in the Time of Global Pandemics, 2021.04.25,
This article identifies trust studies as a rich interdisciplinary field, linking communication to other branches of the social sciences and humanities and argues that we lack a comprehensive account of how trust has been understood in communication. The article also proposes that a focus upon trust would open up new perspectives on two important topics—the future of news media and journalism, and the global rise of populism.
Ciara M E Reynolds, Joanna Purdy, etc.,
Factors associated with changes in consumption among smokers and alcohol drinkers during the COVID-19 'lockdown' period, 2021.04.26,
This article finds that increased consumption was more commonly reported than reductions, and Increased consumption was associated with psychological distress and socio-economic factors. The article also suggest that policies and services should consider a response to widening inequalities in harmful consumption.
Daniel Ghezelbash, Nikolas Feith Tan,
The End of the Right to Seek Asylum? COVID-19 and the Future of Refugee Protection, 2021.03.31,
This article briefly sets out the content of the right to seek asylum under international law and frames the impact of COVID-19 on asylum seekers by reference to existing measures restricting access to asylum in the global North as well as examines what happened to the right to seek asylum between March and August 2020, when destination States largely closed their borders and canvasses ways to protect the right to seek asylum beyond the pandemic.
Kabir Duggal, Rekha Rangachari, Kanika Gupta,
Consequences of crisis and the great re-think: COVID-19’s impact on energy investment, sustainability and the future of international investment agreements, 2021.04.10,
This article seeks to understand the pandemic’s impact in shaping future human rights policy in international investment law and considers the future of potential reforms in the post-COVID recovery agenda while keeping in mind energy and climate goals.
Thiago Guimarães Moraes, etc.,
Open data on the COVID-19 pandemic: anonymisation as a technical solution for transparency, privacy, and data protection, 2021.04.22,
This article aims to discuss transparency and privacy on COVID-19 public data and discuss how to implement transparent COVID-19 government databases while respecting data protection.
Charlotte M Roy, E Brennan Bollman, Laura M Carson, etc.,
Assessing the Indirect Effects of COVID-19 on Healthcare Delivery, Utilization, and Health Outcomes: A Scoping Review, March 2021,
The COVID-19 pandemic and global efforts to contain its spread, such as stay-at-home orders and transportation shutdowns, have created new barriers to accessing healthcare, resulting in changes in service delivery and utilization globally. The purpose of this study is to provide an overview of the literature published thus far on the indirect health effects of COVID-19 and to explore the data sources and methodologies being used to assess indirect health effects.
The Coronavirus Pandemic and International Investment Arbitration - Application of "Security Exceptions" Clauses in Investment Agreements, May 2020,
The pandemic situation in 2020 raises the possibility of invoking national security exception clauses contained in recent investment agreements. Although it is still too early to judge, recent jurisprudence indicates that a bona fide measures to counter COVID-19 may constitute an instance to invoke security exceptions. At the same time, current security exception are not detailed enough to deal with new types of state emergencies such as pandemics. Nor have there been sufficient discussion to clarify and fine-tune the clauses. Keen attention have been paid to national security exceptions even before the pandemic is now signaling that the provision is now likely to be invoked more actively and robustly in investment context. Existing and future investment agreement need to revisit this provision to ensure it does not become a source of conflict or a carte blanche for treaty violations.
WTO Dispute Settlements in the Wake of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Exploring the Possible Benefits and Limits of Contemporary Mechanisms, May 2020,
COVID-19 is a newly discovered disease that has now become a global emergency, not just threatening the life and health of many, but also have the significant impact on the WTO legal order due to the response measures enacted by WTO member states. However, many government do not seem to consider the WTO dispute settlement system as a viable forum for resolving dispute due to the new challenges posed by this epidemic. Based on the design of dispute settlement system as seen today, this Article identifies a series of factors, including two benefits that this system can provide and four issues that may undermine the system’s effectiveness. This Article hopes to provide guidance to WTO members on whether to present a dispute to the WTO.
Both Possible and Improbable - Could COVID-19 Measures Give Rise to Investor-State Disputes?, May 2020,
This article explores the role of investment law and investment arbitration in and after COVID-19 in the context of transnational health policy. This article discusses a technical problem(COVID-19 measures can give rise to investor-state disputes) and explains why most of these claims will not be successful( most COVID-19 measures are covered by defenses). Through a comprehensive survey of measures of 50 jurisdictions, this Article shows that most of these measures are in line with the World Health Organization Regulation. Furthermore, these domestic measures can be subject to a number of international law exceptions, allowing States to justify the potential violations. Nevertheless, this Article identifies a minority of measures that may have the potential to lead to successful claims. Paradoxically, the most problematic measures(such as taxation measures and sovereign debt increase) only indirectly address the pandemic.
Beijing Interest Group on Global Health and Global Governance