Insight: “EU’s response to breaches of human rights and democratic values during the pandemic” by Anjum Shabbir
Measures taken throughout this year to fight the COVID-19 pandemic at the Member State and EU levels, especially in early 2020 and now again in late 2020, have led to deliberate restrictions of, but also an incidental curbing of, fundamental rights.
This Insight first recaps what the offending measures may be, what EU human rights may be impacted, and then considers the EU’s judicial, legislative and policy responses.
Human rights in the EU
The relevant human rights and democratic values can be found in a vast array of national, European, and international law instruments - all are relevant for the EU law context.
Focusing predominantly on human rights and democratic values as protected and possi