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Donia Human Rights Center and Center for Global Health Equity Panel. Human Rights, Health, and COVID-19: Exploring the Connections

Chris Beyrer, Diane Desierto, Eszter Kismödi, and Michele Heisler
Thursday, October 15, 2020
4:00-5:30 PM
Off Campus Location
Please note: This event will be held virtually EST through Zoom. This webinar is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Once you've registered the joining information will be sent to your email.

Register at: http://myumi.ch/nb5bV

COVID-19 has had a devastating effect on individuals' human rights around the world. These impacts range from worsening enjoyment of economic and social rights to governmental reactions that violate political rights. The disproportionate rates of infection, deaths, and other adverse social and health impacts among historically oppressed groups in many countries highlight structural inequities and failures of states’ to protect the rights to life and health. States' approaches to the epidemic often reflect their own approaches to human rights. This panel of distinguished experts on global health and human rights will explore the impact of the pandemic on human rights, as well as the connections between a country's human rights practices -- including its practices on the right to health -- and its response to the pandemic. Panelists will seek to shed light on how global health and human rights policy can best work together to protect both human rights and health during the current crisis and going forward.

Panelists:
Chris Beyrer, MD, MPH, Desmond Tutu Professor of Public Health and Human Rights, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Prof. Dr. Diane Desierto, Associate Professor of Human Rights Law and Global Affairs, University of Notre Dame; Professor of International Law and Human Rights, Philippines Judicial Academy of the Supreme Court of the Philippines

Eszter Kismödi JD, LLM, Chief Executive, Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters; Visiting Fellow, Yale Law School

Moderator:
Michele Heisler, MD, MPA, Professor, Internal Medicine and of Public Health, University of Michigan; Medical Director of Physicians for Human Rights (PHR)

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Chris Beyrer, MD, MPH
Desmond Tutu Professor of Public Health and Human Rights
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Chris Beyrer MD, MPH, is the inaugural Desmond M. Tutu Professor in Public Health and Human Rights at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is a Professor of Epidemiology, International Health, Health Behavior and Society, Nursing and Medicine at Johns Hopkins. He serves as Director of the Johns Hopkins Training Program in HIV Epidemiology and Prevention Science and as Founding Director of the Center for Public Health and Human Rights. He is the Associate Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) and of the University’s Center for Global Health. He served as Field Director for the Chiang Mai University-Johns Hopkins HIV research site in Chiang Mai, Thailand, from 1992-1997, and has continued to conduct HIV epidemiology and prevention research in Thailand and the region for 28 years. He was President of the International AIDS Society from 2014-16, and was elected to membership in the National Academy of Medicine in 2014. He was awarded an honorary doctorate in Public Health from Chiang Mai University in 2012. Dr. Beyrer is a graduate of SUNY Downstate Medical School, in Brooklyn, New York, and completed his residency training, MPH, and an Infectious Diseases Fellowship at Johns Hopkins.

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Prof. Dr. Diane Desierto
Associate Professor of Human Rights Law and Global Affairs, University of Notre Dame
Professor of International Law and Human Rights, Philippines Judicial Academy of the Supreme Court of the Philippines

Professor Desierto works in academia and as international counsel in the areas of public international law, international human rights and humanitarian law, international economic law and development, international arbitration and dispute settlement, maritime security, and ASEAN Law. She serves in five editorial boards: 1) the European Journal of International Law and its leading blog EJIL:Talk!; 2) the Journal of World Trade and Investment; 3) International Legal Studies; 4) the Indonesian Journal of International and Comparative Law; and 5) the Integrated Bar of the Philippines Law Journal. She acts as Counsel in cases brought before the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the International Criminal Court, the UN Human Rights Committee, and Southeast Asia courts, tribunals, or agencies, and is a Listed Arbitrator at the British Virgin Islands Arbitration Centre. She is one of the Experts who drafted the pending Draft UN Convention on the Right to Development, the 2019 Hague Rules on Business and Human Rights Arbitration, and the 2012 ASEAN Human Rights Declaration. At Notre Dame, she simultaneously holds five faculty fellowships with the Klau Center for Civil and Human Rights, the Kellogg Institute of International Studies, the Liu Institute of Asia and Asian Studies, the Pulte Institute of Global Development, and the Nanovic Institute of European Studies. She is also the Co-Principal Investigator of the Notre Dame Reparations Design and Compliance Lab, tasked with examining and reconceptualizing more human rights-sensitive reparative orders at international courts and tribunals.

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Eszter Kismödi JD, LLM
Chief Executive, Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters
Visiting Fellow, Yale Law School

Eszter Kismödi JD, LLM, is an international human rights lawyer, specialized in sexual and reproductive health and rights law, policy, programming and research.

Presently she is the Chief Executive of SRHM (Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters), that promotes sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) globally through its multidisciplinary, open-access, peer-reviewed journal.

Previously, she has been working as an independent human rights lawyer for several UN Agencies, International Organisations and NGOs, including UNAIDS, UNHCR, UNDP Asia Pacific Hub, OHCHR, WHO, the World Association for Sexual Health and CREA. Between 2002-2012 she has worked as a human rights adviser at WHO, Department of Reproductive Health and Research.

She has been a visiting fellow at the Global Health Justice Partnership of the Yale Law School and Yale School of Public Health since 2016, and was a visiting scholar at the Human Rights Programme of the Harvard Law School in 2014. She is a member of various committees and boards, such as the Global Advisory Board on Elimination of Mother and Child Transmission of HIV and Syphilis of WHO; the UNAIDS Reference Group on HIV and Human Rights; the Technical Advisory Committee of Women's Integrated Sexual Health Programme (WISH) of DFID and GATE, Global Action for Trans Equality.

She is a regular guest lecturer at various universities, and an author of and contributor to several WHO and other UN publications.

She is Hungarian, based in Geneva Switzerland.

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Moderator:
Michele Heisler, MD, MPA,
Professor, Internal Medicine and of Public Health, University of Michigan
Medical Director of Physicians for Human Rights (PHR)

Dr. Heisler’s research has applied rigorous health services research approaches to investigate and promote health equity and human rights among populations experiencing health disparities. She has pioneered methods, programs, and evaluation tools that improve health by promoting individual human rights and activating low-income individuals to effectively manage their health and health care. She has also applied cutting-edge research methods to investigate health impacts of human rights violations and advocate for remedies. She has authored more than 225 peer-reviewed studies in medical and public health journals and is an elected member of the Association of American Physicians.

Dr. Heisler received her MD degree from Harvard University and MPA degree from Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs. She completed residency training in internal medicine and health services research training as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of Michigan. Before medical training, Dr. Heisler was in charge of human rights and poverty programs in Latin America and the Caribbean as a program officer at the Ford Foundation.

If there is anything we can do to make this event accessible to you, please contact us at umichhumanrights@umich.edu. Please be aware that advance notice is necessary as some accommodations may require more time for the university to arrange.
Building: Off Campus Location
Location: Virtual
Event Type: Livestream / Virtual
Tags: Covid-19, Global Health, Health, Human Rights, Pandemic, Right To Health
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Donia Human Rights Center, International Institute, Center for Global Health Equity