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International scholar to address human right to health and law

Online lectures scheduled for Oct. 6 and Oct. 13

MORGANTOWN, W.Va — The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has placed a renewed focus on the human right to health, a protection provided by numerous international declarations. 

WVU Law 2021 Copenhaver Chair David Moore (BYU)

To address health as a human right and the legal obligation it creates, the West Virginia University School of Public Health and College of Law are hosting an international human rights and law scholar for two online lectures. 

David H. Moore, professor of law at Brigham Young University, will present “Interpreting Human Rights” and “The International Human Right to Health” from noon to 1 p.m. on October 6 and October 13, respectively.

  • "Interpreting Human Rights” will be webcast on WVU Law’s YouTube channel (Oct. 6, noon to 1 p.m.). 
  • “The International Human Right to Health” will be streamed on the School of Public Health’s MDTV (Oct. 13, noon to 1 p.m.) as part of WVU Diversity Week

Highlighting the crucial value of law in advancing global health with justice, Moore has been selected to serve as the 2021 John T. Copenhaver, Jr. Chair at WVU. 

As a visiting professor, Moore is also teaching a two-week course titled “Health & International Human Rights.” The course dives into health through the lens of international law and foreign relations law, exploring health as a human right through a legal perspective and providing a review of international law, human rights law and U.S. foreign relations law.

Moore currently serves on the Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe’s Moscow Mechanism, providing expertise to address specific human rights concerns.

He holds the Sterling and Eleanor Colton Endowed Chair in Law and is the associate director of the Brigham Young University International Center for Law and Religion Studies, which helps secure international religious freedom. In 2020, he was elected to a brief term on the United Nations Human Rights Committee, a body of independent experts that monitors states’ implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. 

Moore also served as acting deputy administrator and general counsel of the U.S. Agency for International Development and clerked for Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr., and he has an extensive academic career that spans Brigham Young University, George Washington University, University of Kentucky and University of Chicago.


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