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Burris, Scott et al (eds), Assessing Legal Responses to COVID-19 (Public Health Law Watch, 2020) OPEN ACCESS
Jurisdiction: USA
Book Summary: As the nation continues to address the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which has resulted in over 170,000 deaths so far and a severe economic recession, 50 top national experts offer a new assessment of the U.S. policy response to the crisis. The research details the widespread failure of the country's leadership in planning and executing a cohesive, national response, and how the crisis exposed weaknesses in the nation's health care and public health systems. In Assessing Legal Responses to COVID-19, the authors also offer recommendations on how federal, state and local leaders can better respond to COVID-19 and future pandemics. Their proposals include how to strengthen executive leadership for a stronger emergency response, expand access to public health, health care and telehealth; fortify protections for workers; and implement a fair and humane immigration policy.
Note: this open access book includes 35 chapters - most of these are listed in this bibliography under the appropriate topic headings. Each chapter concludes with 'Recommendations for Action'. The chapters are arranged thematically into:
  • Part I: Using Government Powers to Control the Pandemic
  • Part II: Fulfilling Governmental Responsibility in a Federal System
  • Part III: Financing and Delivering Health Care
  • Part IV: Assuring Access to Medicines and Medical Supplies
  • Part V: Protecting Workers and Families
  • Part VI: Taking on Disparities and Protecting Equal Rights

Ferstman, Carla and Andrew Fagan (eds), Covid-19, Law and Human Rights: Essex Dialogues (School of Law and Human Rights Centre, University of Essex, 2020) OPEN ACCESS
This open access book was published on the University of Essex repository on 1 July 2020. Selected individual chapters are listed below in this bibliography. The chapters are arranged thematically into:
  • Conceptual Framings
  • Global, Regional and Comparative Perspectives
  • The Right to Health
  • The Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Regulation of the Economy
  • The Impact on Vulnerable Populations
  • Access to Justice
  • Big Data and Technology
  • Accountability

Flood, Colleen et al, Vulnerable: The Law, Policy and Ethics of COVID-19 (University of Ottawa Press, 2020) OPEN ACCESS
Jurisdiction: Canada (and an international law/global chapter)
This open access book was published by the University of Ottawa Press on 14 July 2020. It contains over 40 chapters - most of these are listed below in this bibliography under the appropriate topic headings. The chapters are arranged thematically into:
  • Section A: Who Does What? Challenges and Demands of Canadian Federalism
  • Section B: Making Sure Someone is Accountable: Public and Private Responsibilities
  • Section C: Civil Liberties vs. Ideas of Public Health
  • Section D: Equity and Covid-19
  • Section E: This Job is Gonna Kill Me: Working and Covid-19
  • Section F: Global Health and Governance
Book Summary: This book confronts the vulnerabilities that have been revealed by the pandemic and its consequences. It examines vulnerabilities for people who have been harmed or will be harmed by the virus directly and those harmed by measures taken to slow its relentless march; vulnerabilities exposed in our institutions, governance, and legal structures; and vulnerabilities in other countries and at the global level where persistent injustices affect us all. COVID-19 has forced us to not only reflect on how we govern and how we set policy priorities, but also to ensure that pandemic preparedness, precautions, and recovery include all individuals, not just some.

Gurrea-Martinez, Aurelio, Mark Findlay and Yihan Goh (eds), Law and COVID-19 (Singapore Management University School of Law, 2020) OPEN ACCESS

Jurisdiction: Singapore
This open access book groups the chapters under the following headings:
A) New Commercial Contexts in Crisis
B) Business Survival in Times of Uncertainty
C) Surveillance, Discrimination or Protection?
D) Public Governance Under the Microscope?
E) Online and Still on Message?
F) Legitimacy and Reasonable Remedies?
G) Transiting Justice and Legal Service Delivery Under Strain?
 
Individual chapters are listed in this bibliography under relevant topic headings.
 
Book summary: This book is a collection of essays from scholars at Singapore Management University School of Law analysing the challenges and implications of COVID-19 from the perspective of different areas of law, including private law, corporate law, insolvency law, data protection, financial laws, public law, privacy law, commercial law, constitutional law, law and technology, and dispute resolution. It also analyses how the COVID-19 pandemic will affect the judicial system, the study of law, and the future of the legal profession. Beyond considerations of the pandemic's influence on law and legal service delivery the authors consider how law can help facilitate the orderly transition to a sustainable future - the new normal.

Hondius, Ewoud et al (eds), Coronavirus and the Law in Europe (Intersentia, August 2020) OPEN ACCESS
This open access book was published in September 2020 and states the law as at 1 August. It examines coronavirus-related legislation and its consequences in European states. It is intended to serve as a "toolbox" for domestic and European judges who will soon be dealing with the interpretation of coronavirus- and COVID19-related legislation and administrative measures, as well as the disruption the pandemic has caused on society and fundamental rights. The project is also aimed at assisting businesses and citizens, who wish to be informed about the implications of the virus in the existence, performance, and enforcement of their contracts. The book covers almost all European countries and legal disciplines. It contains nearly 60 chapters, written by academics from all over Europe.
Most of the chapters are listed below in this bibliography under the appropriate topic headings. The chapters are arranged thematically into:
  • Part 1: Covid And Fundamental Rights
  • Part 2: States Against the Pandemic
  • Part 3: Compensation for Covid-19 Related Damage
  • Part 4: Contract Law
  • Part 5: Consumer Law
  • Part 6: Labour And Social Law
  • Part 7: Coronavirus Changing Europe

Joyce, Paul, Fabienne Maron and Purshottama Sivanarain Reddy (eds), Good Public Governance in a Global Pandemic (The International Institute of Administrative Sciences, 2020) OPEN ACCESS
The contents of this book are listed in the Administrative Law section of this bibliography.
Book Summary: This book provides the readers with a set of vivid studies of the variety of national approaches that were taken to responding to COVID-19 in the first few months of the pandemic. At its core is a series of reports addressing the national responses to COVID-19 in Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa. Country reports present the actions, events and circumstances of governmental response and make an early attempt at producing insights and at distilling lessons. Eyewitness reports from civil servants and public managers contain practical points of view on the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. In different chapters, editors and contributors provide an analytical framework for the description and explanation of government measures and their consequences in a rich variety and diversity of national settings. They also situate the governmental responses to the pandemic in the context of the global governance agenda, stress the important relationship between governmental authorities and citizens, and emphasize the role of ideological factors in the government response to COVID-19. A bold attempt is made in the concluding chapter to model government strategies for managing the emergency of the pandemic and the consequences for trajectories of infection and mortality. As the editors argue, the principles of 'good governance' are of relevance to countries everywhere. There was evidence of them in action on the COVID-19 pandemic all over the world, in a wide range of institutional settings. COVID-19 experiences have a lot to teach us about the governance capabilities that will be needed when future emergency situations occur, emergencies that might be created by pandemics or climate change, or various other global risks. Governments will need to be agile, able to learn in real time, good at evaluating evidence in fast changing and complex situations, and good at facilitating coordination across the whole-of-government and in partnership with citizens and the private sector.

Nekvapil, Emrys, Maya Narayan and Stephanie Brenker, COVID-19 and the Law of Australia (2020) OPEN ACCESS
This open access and regularly updated online book is organised by subject area. It provides guidance on the laws made by the legislature, executive and judiciary (and administrative tribunals) of the Commonwealth and each State and Territory in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Contents:
This chapter provides commentary, and legislation and summaries of decided cases on the following topics:Aged Care, Commercial, Criminal, Customs & Trade, Defence, Emergencies, Equity, Family, Financial, Government, Guardianship, Administration & Vulnerable People, Human Rights / Civil Liberties, Industrial law, Maritime, Migration, Public Security, Planning & Environment, Property, Public Health, Quarantine, Regulatory / Professional Discipline, Tort, and Wills & Estates.

Pistor, Katharina (ed), Law in the Time of COVID-19 (Columbia Law School, 2020) OPEN ACCESS
Jurisdiction: USA
This open access e-book contains insights and information by Columbia Law School academics on the most pressing legal issues the pandemic has raised across a wide range of topics from bankruptcy to privacy.

Ramraj, Victor (ed), COVID-19 in Asia: Law and Policy Contexts (Oxford University Press, forthcoming, 2020)
This book is due to be published in February 2021. See publication details and table of contents on the book's webpage on the OUP website.
Book summary: This is a book for an extraordinary time, about a pandemic for which there is no modern precedent. It is an edited collection of original essays on Asia's legal and policy responses to the Covid-19 pandemic, which, in a matter of months, swept around the globe, infecting millions. It transformed daily life in almost every corner of the planet: lockdowns of cities and entire countries, physical distancing and quarantines, travel restrictions and border controls, movement-tracking technology, mandatory closures of all but essential services, economic devastation and mass unemployment, and government assistance programs on record-breaking scales. Yet a pandemic on this scale, under contemporary conditions of globalization, has left governments and their advisors scrambling to improvise solutions, often themselves unprecedented in modern times, such as the initial lockdown of Wuhan. This collection of essays analyzes law and policy responses across Asia, identifying cross-cutting themes and challenges. It taps the collective knowledge of an interdisciplinary team of sixty-one researchers both in the service of policy development, and with the goal of establishing a scholarly baseline for research after the storm has passed. The collection begins with an epidemiological overview and survey of the law and policy themes. The jurisdiction-specific case studies and cross-cutting thematic essays cover five topics: first wave containment measures; emergency powers; technology, science, and expertise; politics, religion, and governance; and economy, climate, and sustainability. :

Scherer, Maxi, Niuscha Bassiri and Mohamed S Abdel Wahab (eds), International Arbitration and the COVID-19 Revolution (Kluwer Law International, 2020)
See pricing and ordering information for this book on the Kluwer website
Book summary: International Arbitration and the COVID-19 Revolution' is a timely book that elucidates and analyses how the COVID-19 crisis has redefined arbitral practice, with a critical appraisal of the pandemic's effects from well-known practitioners on substantive and procedural aspects from the commencement of proceedings until the enforcement of the award. The COVID-19 pandemic has deeply impacted all major economic sectors and industries and elicited profound and systemic changes in international arbitration. Moreover, the fact that entire proceedings are now being conducted remotely constitutes so significant a deviation from the norm as to warrant the designation 'revolution'.

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