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Public Law and Human Rights Seminar Series:  Article 2 duties and Covid-19 - 19th May at 1pm


Chaired by Paul Bowen QC

Tuesday 19 May 2020 1pm to 1.45pm — via videolink

The recording of the seminar is here

The speakers' slides are here

in association with Bindmans LLP

Guests are welcome to join remotely from 12:45pm for a 1pm start. The seminar will end at 1.45pm.

The United Kingdom has acquired the unhappy distinction of suffering the highest Covid-19 death toll in Europe.  As the UK moves past the first wave of the crisis, the Government’s preparation for and response to the pandemic is coming under increasing scrutiny. There have been news reports concerning apparent failures to procure adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) for NHS staff and other care workers and sufficient medical equipment for hospitals. There are also particular concerns in relation to the death toll in nursing and care homes and among black and minority ethnic (BAME) groups. Against that backdrop, there have been increasing calls for a public inquiry.  In this seminar we will look at the extent of the Government’s duties under Article 2 of the Convention, both procedural and substantive, and how those duties are engaged in the current crisis. We also look at some of the claims and procedures that might follow on from the crisis.

The presenters and topics are:

Tim Johnston:                      Article 2 substantive duties

Emma Mockford:                 Article 2 investigative duties and the scope for public inquiries

Anna Thwaites (Partner, Bindmans LLP):  Article 2 and Inquests

Paul Bowen QC will moderate the presentations and then put questions submitted via email to the speakers. The seminar will provide an opportunity for discussion concerning recent and future trends in relation to the Covid-19 crisis, including the chair,'s the panelists' and (via email) the audience's observations.

Please contact for information about joining this seminar 

If you have suggestions for questions for the speakers please submit them via email (before or during the seminar) to

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