Justice Health Unit hosts COVID-19 and Detention Webinar 3: Rights and accountability

The Justice Health Unit hosted the third international webinar in the six webinar series on Building a sustainable, comprehensive response to COVID-19 in relation to detention, which focussed on rights and accountability.

The webinar, held on 16 September 2020, was co-facilitated by Prof Stuart Kinner and Lindsay Pearce of the Justice Health Unit.

Webinar 3: Rights and accountability

(Recorded on 16 September 2020)

Presentations and links

The panellists presented in the order listed below. Dr Gray used Powerpoint, available at the link provided. Ms Lenihan and Commissioner Severin referenced documents and resources in their presentations for which links have also been provided.

  1. TrĂ­ona Lenihan, Penal Reform International (PRI). See recording for verbal presentation.
    • See also PRI's briefing Coronavirus: Preventing harm and human rights violations in criminal justice systems, 14 July 2020, available here; and
    • For access to a live global tracking COVID-19 infections and deaths in prisons, prepared and maintained by Justice Project Pakistan, click here.
  2. Dr Ruth Gray, Prison Dentistry Northern Ireland; South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust; Project ECHO. Her Powerpoint presentation is available here.
  3. Commissioner Peter Severin, Corrective Services New South Wales (Australia); President, International Corrections and Prisons Association (ICPA).  See recording for verbal presentation.  See also Kirby Institute modelling, available here, and on ICPA's website here. The aim of the model is to track an outbreak of COVID-19 in a prison setting and the potential impact of prevention strategies and interventions.

A link to the YouTube playlist COVID-19 and detention (Justice Health Unit Webinar series) is available here.

Future webinar topics, to be held monthly from October to December 2020, are:

  • Immigration detention and COVID-19
  • Australasian issues
  • International responses – next steps for policy, advocacy, funding and research

Details will be advertised progressively. To receive notification of the date, time and registration link for upcoming webinars, email JHU-Webinar@unimelb.edu.au

For more information, contact Clare Chiminello.