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Compulsory Childhood Vaccination: Human Rights, Solidarity and Best Interests

Archard, David and Brierley, Joe and Cave, Emma (2021) 'Compulsory Childhood Vaccination: Human Rights, Solidarity and Best Interests.', Medical law review. .


Across Europe an increasing number of States have set out policies which limit the right of parents to refuse routinely administered vaccinations on their children’s behalf. The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights in Vavřička and Others v the Czech Republic has found that compulsory vaccination can be compatible with the European Convention on Human Rights. We argue that the Court’s consideration of the collective and individual best interests of children and the value of solidarity are pertinent to parental vaccine disputes and to the broader debate as to whether quasi-mandatory measures could be accepted in the United Kingdom.

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Full text:Publisher-imposed embargo until 19 July 2023.
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Publisher statement:This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in Medical Law Review following peer review. The version of record (Archard, David, Brierley, Joe & Cave, Emma (2021). Compulsory Childhood Vaccination: Human Rights, Solidarity and Best Interests. Medical Law Review) is available online at:
Date accepted:01 July 2021
Date deposited:11 August 2021
Date of first online publication:19 July 2021
Date first made open access:19 July 2023

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