Seminar: "Responses to Public Health Emergencies"

5 November 2020

In November 2020, the International Association of Constitutional Law—in association with Trinity Research in Social Sciences and the Trinity Centre for Constitutional Governance— held the first webinar of the recently formed Research Group on Public Law Responses to Public Health Emergencies.

State responses to COVID-19 engage the full breadth of public law. Comparative constitutional scholarship is critical in enabling countries to learn from the experiences of others as we face a common challenge. Moreover, the fact that all countries in the world are responding at the same time to the same challenge—albeit with different dimensions—enables a reconsideration of many of the central debates in comparative constitutional law.

This webinar addressed one of the central themes of the Research Group, namely the balance between executives and parliaments in both the enactment and oversight of legal measures. ConTransNet Convenor, Prof Cheryl Saunders, led the seminar, reflecting on the topic, ‘Constitutional emergency frameworks: Experiences with COVID-19’. The webinar was moderated by Prof Oran Doyle.

Video of Prof Cheryl Saunders, ConTransNet Convenor