The constitutions in the democratic countries protect the right not to be discriminated. Regardless of whether one is vaccinated against Covid-19 or not, one should not be discriminated against. Differential treatment of people may not be discriminatory, if it can be objectively and reasonably justified. But there are a range of potential discrimination issues. For instance, a nursery teacher at a public daycare center in South Korea was fired in early April for refusing to be vaccinated against the Covid-19. The head of the daycare center said that the teacher may have the right to refuse vaccination, but the safety of the children is a priority. This shows the difficulty of potential discrimination issues in job places. There are also a range of possible discrimination issues that may be raised by vaccine passports or certificates: Are vaccine passports that presuppose compulsory vaccination are compatible with human rights such as self-determination and inequality?
We look forward to welcoming you on July 3-5, 2023 for our Annual Conference entitled "Islands and Ocean: Public Law in a Plural World." The conference will take place at the Victoria University of Wellington, in New Zealand. We will be announcing more details about the conference soon, including financial support to early career and global south scholars!