COVID-19 and the wide range of emergency measures that governments and policy makers have introduced in the name of fighting the pandemic have shaped our lives over the past year and a half. The thirteenth edition of the European Yearbook on Human Rights takes the opportunity to reflect on the impact that COVID-19 has had on human rights and to assess the proportionality and necessity of state responses to the pandemic in order to ensure a resilient human rights system in the future. Renowned scholars, emerging voices and practitioners provide a cross-section of human rights issues in their contributions. These issues range from the underlying considerations of justice and equality and access to resources, to the protection of core human rights during the pandemic, such as the right to health, the right to hold democratic elections and the protection of vulnerable groups, including the elderly, persons with disabilities and migrants. In this way, the European Yearbook on Human Rights 2021 raises awareness of the complexities of human rights protection during a pandemic and beyond, and stimulates debate and further research in the field in order to ensure that future responses to crises not only pay respect to human rights, but are rooted in them.
Philip Czech / Lisa Heschl / Karin Lukas / Manfred Nowak / Gerd Oberleitner
Is a PhD student in 'Human Rights: Evolution, Protection and Limits' at the University of Palermo, Italy. His research project deals with the protection of human rights in the context of the inter-systemic relationships in the international legal order. His other research fields are international children's rights law and the law and practice of international courts and tribunals. He is a teaching assistant of public international law and international human rights law at the Catholic University of Milan, Italy, where he obtained a Master's degree in law in 2019. He also works as a trainee lawyer in the fields of family and juvenile law, children's protection, private international law and human rights protection.
MMag. Dr. Christina Binder, E.MA
Ass.-Prof. MMag. Dr., holds the Chair for International Law and International Human Rights Law at the Bundeswehr University Munich. Before, she was University Professor of International Law at the Department of European, International and Compara-tive Law at the University of Vienna where she continues with some functions. She acted as Deputy Director of the interdisciplinary Research Centre "Human Rights". She is member of the Committees on the Implementation of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, on Human Rights in Times of Emergency and on Feminism in International Law of the International Law Association (ILA). Christina is member of the Executive Board of the European Society of International Law (ESIL) as well as of the European Inter-University Center for Human Rights and Democratization (EIUC).
Is a member of the European Law Department of the Office of the Legal Service of the Austrian Foreign Ministry ('Office of the Legal Adviser', 'Völkerrechtsbüro'). Prior to that, he was a research and teaching assistant at the Institute of European Law at the University of Graz, Austria. His research interests include EU fundamental rights law, EU external relations law and the EU system of judicial protection.
Dr. Andrea Broderick
Assistant Professor at the Department of International and European Law, Maastricht University, having previously been a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher in the DREAM network. Dr. Broderick holds a PhD in international/comparative disability equality law from Maastricht University. Her PhD thesis was nominated for the Max van der Stoel Human Rights Award 2016. She received the Edmond Hustinx Prize for Science 2018 for her work on equality and accessibility law. She has published widely in the fields of international, European and comparative law, and has taken part in funded research projects for, among others, the European Commission and the Council of Europe. In addition, she is a qualified lawyer, and previously worked in legal practice.
DDr. Philip Czech
Senior Scientist am Österreichischen Institut für Menschenrechte der Universität Salzburg. Zu seinen Forschungsschwerpunkten zählen unter anderem Verfahrensrecht und Judikatur des EGMR sowie deren Umsetzung in Österreich, Asyl- und Fremdenrecht, Fortpflanzungsmedizinrecht und die Meinungsäußerungsfreiheit. Er ist Mitarbeiter der Redaktion des Newsletter Menschenrechte sowie der Fremden- und Asylrechtlichen Blätter (www.fabl.at) und Mitglied des Runden Tisches Menschenrechte der Stadt Salzburg.
Dr. Jonas Grimheden, BA, LL.B., LL.M., LL.D.
He is Senior Policy Manager at the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA). Previously heading FRA' s access to justice work, he has been with the Agency since 2009. Before, he was based at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute for H