Journal of Law and Policy to host symposium on the legal, ethical issues of quarantines on Friday, Feb. 23

Photo of inside of a quarantine tent

The Wake Forest Journal of Law & Policy (JLP) will host the “Isolated by the Law: Legal and Ethical Issues Surrounding Quarantine During Public Health Emergencies” symposium beginning at 9 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in the Worrell Professional Center, Room 1312.

The event is free and open to the public. Up to four hours of free Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit from the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA) has been approved. The symposium is co-sponsored by the Wake Forest Center for Bioethics, Health, & Society.  Registration is available online or onsite or by contacting Symposium Editor Stephanie Criscione.

For those who can’t make it to campus, the event will be live webcast in two segments: Session 1 (8:45 to 12:15) and Session 2 (12:50 to 4:15).

“Isolated by the Law: The Legal and Ethical Issues Surrounding Quarantine During Public Health Emergencies” will bring together experts in law, policy, science, and medicine whose research focuses on public health issues and quarantine.

Speakers will discuss the U.S. public healthcare system as a whole and delve deep into what is legally and ethically owed to asymptomatic individuals who are quarantined.

Professor Wendy Parmet, a leading expert on health, disability, and public health law, Professor Mark Rothstein, the nation’s leading expert in quarantine and fair compensation, and Nurse Kaci Hickox, who was subjected to quarantine during the Ebola scare, are among some of the speakers attending this event.


8:45 a.m.Introductions
9:00 a.m.Legal and Societal Challenges in Implementing Effective and Human Quarantine Professor Mark Rothstein
Herbert F. Boehl Chair of Law and Medicine,
Institute for Bioethics, Health Policy and Law at the University of Louisville School of Medicine,
and Professor of Law,
Louis D. Brandeis School of Law
10:00 a.m.Zika, Ebola, and Flu, Oh My!: Is Quarantine Effective in Preventing These Viral Diseases? Dr. Pat Lord
Department of Biology,
Wake Forest University
10:45 a.m.Quarantining Quarantine: Jurisdictional Barriers to the Development of the Law of Quarantine Professor Wendy Parmet
Matthews Distinguished University Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Health Policy and Law,
Northeastern University School of Law Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs
Northeastern University School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs
11:50 a.m.Lunch
1:00 p.m.Learning from Failures in Ebola Quarantine: Changes Needed in Quarantine Statutes and Procedures Ms. Kaci Hickox
Nurse and Patient Advocate,
formerly with Doctors Without Borders
1:45 p.mCDC’s Foreign Quarantine Rule, U.S. Borders, and “Shithole” Countries Professor Robert Gatter
Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Center for Health Law Studies,
Saint Louis University School of Law
Professor of Health Management and Policy
Saint Louis University College of Public Health and Social Justice
2:50 p.m.Preemption in the Imposition of Quarantine Professor Eang Ngov
Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law
Barry UniversityProfessor Jennifer Pomerantz
New York University College of Global Public Health
3: 50 p.m.Closing Remarks: Where Do We Go from Here? Professor Christine Coughlin
Wake Forest University School of Law
Wake Forest Center for Bioethics, Health, and Society