Students to lead discussion on government’s COVID-19 response

When confronted by the rise of the coronavirus, COVID-19, in February, College of Law students enrolled in the International Human Rights Law seminar course began to assess impacts that can flow from global pandemics and from governmental actions intended to curb their spread.

Students explored the nature of public emergencies, the treatment of vulnerable groups, and government approaches to combatting health crises. Five students will present their findings via Zoom relating to these issues: 

  • Timmothy S. Winstead: Freedom of Information (including government control and reporting obligations)
  • Joshua Clark: The Right to Privacy
  • John M. Brown: The Right to Life v. State Interests
  • Keevana C. Edwards: United States’ Systemic Health Disparities and Obligations under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination
  • Hassan A. Hassan: Xenophobia, Stigma & Discrimination

This program is open to the UTK community.

Interested participants must pre-register via this Zoom link. For additional information, contact Professor Robert Blitt at

One hour of CLE general credit is available for this program. The cost is $10. To register, send your BPR number and contact information, including e-mail, to and include the name of the CLE program for which you are registering.