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6 July 2021, 13:00-14:30

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Covid-19 Certificates: What are the Human Rights Implications?

Human Rights Conversations

A photo with a passport and COVID-19 vaccine certificate A photo with a passport and COVID-19 vaccine certificate

Governments and organizations worldwide have been considering or are already implementing Covid-19 certificates to progressively manage the current pandemic. Commonly referred to as ‘vaccine passports’ or ‘digital green certificates’, they allow vaccinated people, those who have tested negative to SARS-CoV-2 or have acquired immunity to COVID-19, to travel and access public and private spaces. Yet, they can have significant implications for data privacy and human rights.

In this Human Rights Conversation, panellists will discuss the implications of ‘vaccine passports’ or ‘digital green certificates’ for data privacy and human rights.

Moderator

  • Felix Kirchmeier, Manager of Policy Studies, Geneva Academy and Executive Director, Geneva Human Rights Platform

Panelists

  • Ana Beduschi, Associate Professor of Law, University of Exeter and Senior Research Fellow, Geneva Academy
  • Marylouise McLaws, Professor of Epidemiology, Hospital Infection and Infectious Diseases Control, UNSW Sydney
  • Alexandrine Pirlot de Corbion, Director of Strategy, Privacy International

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Covid-19 Certificates: What are the Human Rights Implications?

In this Human Rights Conversation, panelists discussed the implications of ‘vaccine passports’ or ‘digital green certificates’ for data privacy and human rights.

About Human Rights Conversations

Human Rights Conversations are a series of events, hosted by the Geneva Human Rights Platform, aimed at discussing contemporary issues and challenges related to the promotion and protection of human rights in Geneva and beyond.

 

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