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Virtual Event - The World Today: The Coronavirus Pandemic and Human Rights
12:00pm - 1:00pm ET
Virtual Event


Coronavirus (COVID-19) is spreading around the world, and has brought with it unprecedented restrictions on the personal freedom of millions. Even democratic countries are imposing wide-ranging constraints on their populations, with many people only able to leave the house for groceries and exercise. Crises like this have been used by governments in the past to tighten control over their people, so how do we ensure that the pandemic does not become a cover for curtailing or violating human rights?

In this virtual event, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and Perry World House Professor of Practice of Law and Human Rights, will talk with Michael Horowitz, Perry World House Interim Director and Professor of Political Science, about the importance of centering human rights at a time of pandemic, and the continuing need for accountability from governments worldwide. 


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Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein headshotZeid Ra'ad Al Hussein served as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights from 2014 to 2018. He previously served as Jordan's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, was Jordan's Ambassador to the United States, and represented Jordan before the International Court of Justice, as well as on the issue of nuclear security. Al Hussein played a key role in the establishment of the International Criminal Court (ICC), chairing the negotiations over the elements of individual offences amounting to genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. In September 2002, he was elected as the first President of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the ICC. He has extensive knowledge of peacekeeping, serving as a political affairs officer in UNPROFOR, in the former Yugoslavia (1994-1996). Al Hussein holds a B.A. from John Hopkins University and a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge. In academic year 2018-19, he was Perry World House's Distinguished Global Leader-in-Residence.

Michael Horowitz headshotMichael C. Horowitz is Interim Director of Perry World House and a Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of the award-winning book, The Diffusion of Military Power: Causes and Consequences for International Politics. His research interests include military innovation, the future of war, forecasting, the role of leaders in international politics, and the relationship between religion and international politics. He has published in a wide array of peer reviewed journals, as well as more popular outlets such as the New York Times, Politico and Foreign Policy. Professor Horowitz spent 2013 working for the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy in the Department of Defense as an International Affairs Fellow, funded by the Council on Foreign Relations. He is affiliated with the Foreign Policy Research Institute, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the Center for a New American Security. He is also a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies. He has held fellowships at the Weatherhead Center, Olin Institute, and Belfer Center at Harvard, where he received his Ph.D. in Government. Professor Horowitz received his B.A. in political science from Emory University.