Constitutional INSIGHT #6 - "Legal Approaches to Responding to Emergencies: Covid-19 as a Case Study"

The Covid-19  pandemic saw the invocation of a diverse range of constitutional and legislative provisions to enable government responses to the unexpected health crisis. Constitutional INSIGHTS No. 6 examines the use and non-use of constitutional and legislative state of emergency powers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Drawing on examples from across Asia and the Pacific, the INSIGHTS investigates the implications of both constitutional and legislative responses for other democratic rights and processes and identifies lessons for the future exercise of emergency powers, including the continued importance of parliamentary oversight of executive action during states of emergency.