Brian Gran, a professor in both the law school and the Department of Sociology, was recently awarded a RAPID grant from the Law and Science Program of the National Science Foundation.
The project is "COVID-19 and Derogation of Human Rights." The purpose of this project is to assess the utility of human rights derogation for preventing COVID-19 transmission. The project will model and assess socio-legal responses to COVID-19—specifically, emergency measures that derogate states’ human rights commitments.
Three qualities of derogation will be assessed: what rights are derogated, the degree to which those rights are derogated and the duration of derogation.