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Part 1: Global Legislative Responses to Coronavirus

Date: 30 June 2020

Time: 14.00 - 16.00 BST

Venue: Webinar

In Partnership with: 

The Theory and Practice of Legislation

Webinar Series Details

This event is the first in a series of three webinars

States around the world have struggled to come up with the best legislative response to the coronavirus pandemic. Although each state has taken a different response, common issues have emerged. What is the role of the legislature, the executive and the courts? Are 'normal' laws enough, or is there a need for emergency measures? Are legislative measures within the constitution, or are they stretching it to breaking point? Do we need absolute scientific certainty before taking protective measures, or can we proceed without that evidence? Is the pandemic being used as an excuse to proceed without scrutiny? How best to regulate the emergency and the medical response?

The journal Theory and Practice of Legislation is publishing a special issue devoted to examining these issues. This webinar is being hosted by the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law in partnership with the journal. The authors of the papers will be presenting their findings at the webinar. The special issue is being edited by Dr Ronan Cormacain of the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, and Dr Ittai Bar-Siman-Tov of Bar-Ilan University. In accordance with the Covid-19 policy of the publishers, all papers published will be made available free of charge online.

Event Convenors

Dr Ronan Cormacain, Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law

Dr Ittai Bar-Siman-Tov, Bar-Ilan University

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Professor Helen Xanthaki Dean of PGLaws, University of London, President of the International Association of Legislation


  • Emergency Legislation in Belgium at the crossroads of a political and a health crisis
    Professor Patricia Popelier, University of Antwerp
  • Quasi-State of Emergency: Assessing the Constitutionality of Ghana's Legislative Response to Covid-19
    Maame Efua Addadzi-Koom, Faculty of Law, KNUST, Ghana
  • Legislative Response to Coronavirus Switzerland
    Professor Felix Uhlmann , University of Zurich
  • COVID-19 Legislation in the Light of the Precautionary Principle
    Professor Klaus Messerschmidt, Humboldt University of Berlin and Friedrich-Alexander-Universitär Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • The Impacts of the COVID-19 Crisis on the Brazilian Legal System - A Report on the Functioning of the Branches of the Government and on the Legal Scrutiny of Their Activities
    Dr Marcelo Ilarraz, Victor Pinheiro and Melissa Terni Mestrine
  • COVID-19 in Hungary and Poland: extraordinary situation and illiberal constitutionalism 
    Professor Tímea Drinóczi, University of Pécs and Dr Agnieszka Bień-Kacała, Uniwersytet Mikołaja Kopernika w Toruniu 

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