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Abeyratne, Ruwantissa, Air Transport and Pandemic Law: Legal, Regulatory, Ethical and Economic Issues (Springer, 2021)
Contents:
  • ‘Prelude to Disaster’ 1-30
  • ‘History’ 31-70
  • ‘The Coronavirus and Air Transport: Some Implications for Trade and Law’ 71-94
  • ‘Continuing Air Transport Post Covid-19: The Regulatory Response’ 95-118
  • ‘Training the Airport Manager in a Post Covid-19 World’ 119–131
  • ‘Legal Aspects of Covid-19’ 133-190
  • ‘Public Health and the Law’ 191-198
  • ‘Digital Health Certificates for Air Travel: Some Issues’ 199-221
Appiagyei-Atua, Kwadwo (ed), Conformity of COVID-19 Responses in Africa through the Prism of International Human Rights Law (Pretoria University Law Press, 2024) [OPEN ACCESS E-BOOK]
Book summary: The book, Conformity of COVID-19 responses in Africa through the prism of international human rights law, provides useful insights into the subject-matter of COVID-19 from African perspectives on international law, human rights and democracy through detailed analyses of data, instruments, documents and events connected with the pandemic. The cutting-edge analyses by the contributors help to provide useful information on the human rights preparedness of African states to deal with pandemics, the limitations or restrictions imposed on human rights by African governments and the violations of human rights that took place during the pandemic; and whether the continent has learnt any useful lessons based on past experiences.

Arimoro, Augustine Edobor, Ezinne Mirian Igbokwe and Tamaraudoubra Tom Egbe (eds), Law and Sustainable Development After COVID-19 (Routledge, 2024)
Abstract: This book considers the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the realisation of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Although efforts towards the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals are ongoing, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on these efforts: accentuating inequities, as well as absorbing resources. This book addresses this impact, as it takes up the question of how to ensure global recovery – in line with the target for the Sustainable Development Goals – after the pandemic. Adopting an interdisciplinary approach, but focusing particularly on the role of law and legal frameworks in this recovery, the book considers the effect of the pandemic on key industries such as shipping, insurance, manufacturing, and banking, as well as on the role of the State and non-State actors. Pursuing an explicitly Global South perspective, the book maintains that in the post-COVID era it is the elaboration a rule of law framework that is in sync with both the Global North and South that is crucial if the Sustainable Development Goals are to be achieved. This book will be of value to scholars, students and policymakers working in the general area of law and development, but especially those with specific interests in the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

Arnold, Rainer and Javier Cremades (eds), Rule of Law and the Challenges Posed by the Pandemic: Contributions to the World Law Congress 2021 in Barranquilla (Springer, 2023)
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Book summary: This book brings together the contributions from the four workshops organized by Rainer Arnold at the World Law Congress of Barranquilla. From the point of view of the rule of law, the contributions deal to a large extent with the legal instruments and their application in the management of the pandemic. 16 country reports show the diversity of instruments, but they all confirm the importance and effectiveness of the rule of law. The basic principles of the concept of the rule of law are also examined, as are its universal validity and its relationship to constitutional jurisdiction. The reading provides insight into the differences and commonalities in the national perspectives of the fight against the pandemic and shows the common conviction that the rule of law provides the central orientation despite the extraordinary emergency situation.

Atrey, Shreya and Sandra Fredman (eds), Exponential Inequalities: Equality Law in Times of Crisis (Oxford University Press, 2023)
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Book summary: This book is about the operation of equality and discrimination law in times of crisis. It aims to understand: (i) how existing inequalities are exacerbated in crises; and (ii) whether equality law has tools to understand and address this contingency. Experience during the Covid-19 crisis shows that the pandemic has acted as a catalyst for ‘exponential inequalities’ related to racism, xenophobia, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ageism, ableism, etc, but the field of equality law—which is meant to address such discrimination or inequality—has had little of immediate relevance in mitigating these exponential inequalities. This is despite the fact that countries like the UK have rather recent and state-of-the-art legislation in the field, namely the Equality Act 2010. Thus, equality law seems to be going through a crisis of its own. This book brings together contributions from leading experts in the field, revealing the crisis in equality law through the study of the operation of equality law during crises. The chapters are drawn from a range of interdisciplinary and comparative perspectives and illuminate the structural and conceptual, as well as the practical and doctrinal difficulties in equality law in addressing exponential inequalities in hard times. The book ultimately aims to propose constructive possibilities from within the extant normative and doctrinal mores of equality law which can be productively harnessed to address exponential inequalities.

Benjamin, MS and C Basavaraju (eds), The Status of Human Rights During Covid-19 Pandemic (University of Mysore, 2022)
Jurisdiction: India

Bennett, Belinda, Ian Freckelton and Gabrielle Wolf, COVID-19, Law, and Regulation: Rights, Freedoms, and Obligations in a Pandemic (Oxford University Press, 2023)
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Note: individual chapters are included in the relevant topics in this bibliography.
Book summary: COVID-19 is the most severe pandemic the world has experienced in a century. This book analyses major legal and regulatory responses internationally to COVID-19, and the impact the pandemic has had on human rights and freedoms, governance, the obligations of states and individuals, as well the role of the World Health Organization and other international bodies during this time. The authors examine notable legal challenges to public health measures enforced during the pandemic, such as lockdown orders, curfews, and vaccine mandates. Importantly, the book contextualizes the legal analysis by examining the broader social and economic dimensions of risks posed by the pandemic. The book considers how COVID-19 impacted the operation of the criminal justice system, civil litigation concerning negligently caused deaths and business losses arising from contractual breaches, consumer protection litigation, disciplinary regulation of health practitioners, coronial inquests and other investigations of unexpected deaths, and occupational health and safety issues. The book reflects on the role of the law in facilitating the remarkable scientific and epidemiological achievements during the pandemic, but also the challenges of ensuring the swift production and equitable distribution of treatments and vaccines. It concludes by considering the possibilities that the legal and regulatory responses to this pandemic have illuminated for effectively tackling future global health crises. Provides a truly international analysis covering Europe, Asia, the Americas, and more.
Contents:
1. COVID-19, Law, and Regulation
2. Past Legal and Regulatory Responses to Infectious Diseases
3. A Global Emergency
4. Restrictions on Interstate and International Movement
5. Domestic Laws and Emergency Measures
6. Legal Challenges to Emergency Orders
7. Risk, Impact, and Disadvantage
8. Criminal Justice Issues and the COVID-19 Pandemic
9. Civil Liability, Regulation, and Accountability
10. COVID-19 and Workplace and Occupational Health and Safety
11. Development of COVID-19 Treatments and Vaccines
12. Production, Regulation, and Distribution of COVID-19 Treatments, and Vaccines
13. Law, Regulation, and Rights: Reflections on the COVID-19 Pandemic

Bennett, Belinda and Ian Freckelton (eds), Pandemics, Public Health Emergencies and Government Powers: Perspectives on Australian Law (Federation Press, 2021)
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Note: individual chapters are included in the relevant topics in this bibliography.
Book summary: Pandemics, Public Health Emergencies and Government Powers: Perspectives on Australian Law explores the multi-layered and multi-faceted ways in which Australia’s laws, regulations and law-makers have engaged with the COVID-19 pandemic. What emerges from the 21 chapters from leading scholars in this edited collection is that there have been both successes and failures. The virus keeps evolving and we as a nation need to continue to learn from international developments and what has, and has not, worked in Australia. Law is an integral part of the public health framework that protects the community during a pandemic. A significant component of Australia’s legal response to COVID-19 has been to give extensive powers to State and Territory governments to manage the crisis. This has involved imposition of limits on individuals’ rights and liberties in relation to quarantine arrangements, border control, lockdowns, curfews and face masks, as well as requirements to use QR codes. At times these measures have been controversial, both legally and within the general community. Our workplaces, our clinical services, our research processes and our legal system will emerge changed after COVID-19. This requires ongoing evaluation and reflection. :

Bradlow, Daniel D and Magalie L Masamba, COVID-19 and Sovereign Debt: The Case of SADC (Pretoria University Law Press, 2022) *[OPEN ACCESS BOOK]*
Book summary: This multi-disciplinary publication focuses on the issue of African sovereign debt management and renegotiation/ restructuring, with a particular concentration on the countries that are members of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC). It contains a series of essays that were initially presented in several workshops held at the height of the pandemic, in 2020. These essays seek to both understand the debt challenges facing these countries and to offer some policy-oriented suggestions on how they can more effectively address these. They include contributions by global and regional scholars who are seasoned experts and newer researchers and discuss the complexities on debt management and restructuring within the context of the global COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, this presented an opportunity for junior researchers from the region to contribute to international discussions on a topic in which the views of young Africans are not heard as often or as clearly as they should be, especially given the importance of the topic to Africa and its future. Further, this book is expected to stimulate debate among academics, activists, policy makers and practitioners on how SADC should manage its debt.

Braum, Stefan (ed), Experimental Law: The Rule of Law and the Regulation of the Corona Pandemic in Europe (Nomos, 2023)
Chapters:
  • Stefan Braum, ‘Pandemic Regulation: Virus in the Rule of Law?’ 11–42
  • Jörg Gerkrath, ‘Constitutional Engineering of State of Exception Regimes within the European Union’ 45–64
  • Basak Baglayan, ‘Covid Stress Test for the Rule of Law: States of Emergency under International Human Rights Law’ 65–86
  • Silvia Allegrezza, ‘The Repressive Response of States to COVID-19 or the Duty to Health of the Superlative Citizen: An Overview of Comparative Law’ 135–152
  • Valsamis Mitsilegas and Santiago Wortman Jofre, ‘Democracy, Trust, and the Rule of Law in Times of Pandemic: The UK Response to COVID-19’ 187–254
  • Adan Nieto, ‘Controls and Penalties in the time of Pandemic: The Constitutional State on Trial’ 255–286
  • Ralf Poscher and Katrin Kappler, ‘The Legal Framework of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Germany’ 287–326
  • Rosaria Sicurella and Sandra MB Picicuto, ‘The Legal Framework of the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Italian Response to the Coronavirus Outbreak’ 327–382
  • Li-ann Thio, ‘Legal Communitarianism and Pandemic Regulation in Singapore’ 383–440

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
Carmody, Pádraig et al, COVID-19 in the Global South: Impacts and Responses (Bristol University Press, 2020)
Available Open Access under CC-BY-NC-ND licence
Book summary: Bringing together a range of experts across various sectors, this important volume explores some of the key issues that have arisen in the Global South with the COVID-19 pandemic. Situating the worldwide health crisis within broader processes of globalisation, the book investigates implications for development and gender, as well as the effects on migration, climate change and economic inequality. Contributors consider how widespread and long-lasting responses to the pandemic should be, while paying particular attention to the accentuated risks faced by vulnerable populations. Providing answers that will be essential to development practitioners and policy makers, the book offers vital insights into how the impact of COVID-19 can be mitigated in some of the most challenging socio-economic contexts worldwide.

Chrysogonos, Kostas and Anna Tsiftsoglou (eds), Democracy after Covid: Challenges in Europe and Beyond (Springer, 2022)
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Book summary: This book, one of the first of its kind, explores the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on modern Western democracies from a comparative constitutional law and policy perspective. Through 11 scholarly contributions, it tackles cutting-edge topics for the liberal state, such as emergency legislation, judicial scrutiny of COVID-19 measures, parliamentarism and executive decision-making during the pandemic. The book examines these topics both from a microscopic national constitutional angle, with a focus on European states, and from a macroscopic regional and comparative angle, on par with the American example. The COVID-19 pandemic is thus treated as an international state of emergency that has enabled far-reaching restrictions on essential human rights, such as freedom of movement, freedom of religion or even major political rights, while giving rise to the ‘administrative state.’ This edited volume explores each of these pressing themes in this exceptional context and evaluates different liberal states’ responses to the pandemic. Were these responses reasonable, effective and democratic? Or is the COVID-19 pandemic just the beginning of a new era of global democratic backsliding? How can liberal democracies manage similar crises in future? What lessons have we learned? The institutional knowledge gained turns out to be the key for the future of the rule of law.

Cohen, I Glenn et al (eds), COVID-19 and the Law: Disruption, Impact and Legacy (Cambridge University Press, 2023) *[OPEN ACCESS E-BOOK ON CAMBRIDGE CORE]*
Book summary: The COVID-19 pandemic has had an enduring effect across the entire spectrum of law and policy, in areas ranging from health equity and racial justice, to constitutional law, the law of prisons, federal benefit programs, election law and much more. This collection provides a critical reflection on what changes the pandemic has already introduced, and what its legacy may be. Chapters evaluate how healthcare and government institutions have succeeded and failed during this global ‘stress test,’ and explore how the US and the world will move forward to ensure we are better prepared for future pandemics. This timely volume identifies the right questions to ask as we take stock of pandemic realities and provides guidance for the many stakeholders of COVID-19’s legal legacy.

Cowan, Dave and Ann Mumford (eds), Pandemic Legalities: Legal Responses to COVID-19 – Justice and Social Responsibility (Bristol University Press, 2021)
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Book Summary : The effects of COVID-19 are visited disproportionately on the already disadvantaged. This important text maps out ways in which those already disadvantaged have been affected by legal responses to COVID-19. Contributors tackle issues including virtual trials, adult social care, racism, tax and spending, education and more. They reflect on the implications of COVID-19, express concerns with policy and practice developments and the neutral version of the law and the economy which has taken root. Drawing on diverse resources, this text offers an account of the damage caused by legal responses to the pandemic and demonstrates how the future response can be positive and productive.

Deflem, Mathieu (ed), Crime and Social Control in Pandemic Times (Emerald, 2023)

Drew, Joseph, Natural Law & Government: After the COVID-19 Revolution (Springer, 2022)
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Abstract: Since the dawn of civilisation philosophers and sages alike have been concerned about the potential for government to become a Leviathan-like monster. In this book Professor Drew shows how a careful application of natural law principles can mitigate this threat of Leviathan and also contribute to the flourishing of people. To do so Natural Law and Government examines the trade-off between human dignity and the common good during the public policy response to COVID-19. Specifically, Professor Drew details his concerns regarding the emergence of concentrations of power and competence in government – changes that have sadly given rise to the repression of the vitality of citizens. This ground-breaking work explains the changes to thinking, institutions and public management that are necessary for people to reclaim their right to thrive as humans. In sum, this is a handbook for what needs to be done after the COVID-19 revolution.
Contents:
  • Natural Law and Government, or, After the COVID Revolution? 1-15
  • Human Flourishing 17-32
  • Moral Government 33-52
  • Sortition: A Partial Defence of Human Dignity 53-69
  • Structure, Remit, and Size of Government 71-94
  • Evaluating Policy Success: COVID Response and Human Flourishing 95-112
  • Funding Moral Government 113-130
  • Education 131-143
  • Can We Have Government and Human Flourishing? 145-162
Duarte, Francisco de Abreu and Francesca Palmiotto Ettorre (eds), Sovereignty, Technology and Governance after COVID-19: Legal Challenges in a Post-Pandemic Europe (Bloomsbury, 2022)
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Book summary: This book imagines how Europe might re-organise and re-group after the COVID-19 crisis by assessing its effectiveness when responding to it. For this purpose, it directs its focus on: i) sovereignty challenges; ii) technological challenges and iii) governance challenges. These three challenges do not present hermetic legal problems, they intersect and connect on many levels. The book shows this by examining the relationship between public and private power, and illustrating how the rise of technocratic authority is deeply connected to the choice of technological solutions. It illustrates how constitutional decisions taken during states of emergency give rise to private governance challenges related to cybersecurity and data protection. Experts from the fields of EU governance, data protection, and technology explore these questions to provide answers to how the EU might develop in the future.

Durojaye, Ebenezer and Derek M Powell (eds), Constitutional Resilience and the COVID-19 Pandemic: Perspectives from Sub-Saharan Africa (Springer, 2022)
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Book summary: Highlights the role that data, science and technology have played in African states' responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. Focuses on the impact of emergency measures on the rights of marginalized groups, including women, children and the poor. Offers recommendations for strengthening human-rights-based approaches to government interventions for future pandemics.

Eisma-Osorio, Rose-Liza et al (eds), Parliaments in the Covid-19 Pandemic: Between Crisis Management, Civil Rights and Proportionality: Observations from Asia and the Pacific (Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Ltd, 2021) [OPEN ACCESS BOOK]
Contents:
  • Karsten Grabow, Parliaments in the COVID-19 pandemic: Involved Adequately or Bypassed by the Executive? 1
  • Jürgen Bröhmer, Legally Strong Executive Branches, but it’s more About Democracy and Politics: The Case of Australia 17
  • Madan B. Lokur, Silences and Other Sounds: The Indian Parliament in the Pandemic 37
  • Linda Yanti Sulistiawati, Indonesian Parliament’s Slumber during Pandemic 61
  • Akiko Ejima, Please Stay at Home: Japan's Soft Approach in Combatting COVID-19 79
  • Virus Ik-hyeon Rhee, The National Assembly in the Pandemic: A temporary Ally of the Government to Combat a Stealthy Virus 99 [Jurisdiction: Korea]
  • Munkhtsetseg Tserenjamts, Parliament and Pandemic: Political, Economic and Health Challenges in Mongolia 119
  • Geoff McLay, New Zealand's Legal Response to COVID-19: The Challenge of Executive Overreach, Continuity of Parliamentary Control? 141
  • Rose-Liza Eisma-Osorio, Hansel Jake B. Pampilo and Ma. Nikka Andrea F. Oquias, The Shifting Power Dynamics between the Philippine Congress and the President in the Time of the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic 163
  • Anton Ming-Zhi Gao, Taiwan’s Success: A Hard-won Battle 185

Fatsis, Lambros and Melayna Lamb, Policing the Pandemic: How Public Health Becomes Public Order (Policy Press, forthcoming, September 2021)
Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the inadequacies of the state’s response to public health and public order issues through deeply flawed legislation. Written in the context of the #Blacklivesmatter protests, this book explores why law enforcement responses to a public health emergency are prioritised over welfare provision and what this tells us about the state’s criminal justice institutions. Informing scholarly, civic and activist thinking on the political nature of policing, it reveals how increasing police powers disproportionately affects black people and suggests alternative ways of designing public safety beyond a law enforcement context.

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
Fiorina, Morris P, Who Governs?: Emergency Powers in the Time of COVID (Hoover Institution Press, 2023)
Book summary: In a democracy, a government’s authority derives from the consent of the governed. When emergencies hit—such as the COVID-19 health crisis—how are authorities, both elected and unelected, empowered to act? Experts in political science, democratic governance, and jurisprudence examine the wave of executive orders that followed the onset of this pandemic in 2020, as well as the legal and public responses to them, to consider what is right, lawful, and just.

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.

Foster, Gigi and Sanjeev Sabhlok, Do Lockdowns and Border Closures Serve the “Greater Good”? A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Australia’s Reaction to COVID-19 (Connorcourt Publishing, 2022)
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Abstract: The world has been shaken by the response of governments to the COVID-19 pandemic in a way unlike what we have seen in any prior global health event. What started as a local health anomaly in one Chinese province quickly became a world-stopping crisis affecting every major nation in 2020. Industries from travel to manufacturing suffered sudden, acute disruptions due to political action to lock down cities and block the free movement of people and goods within and between countries. Was all of this necessary to save lives, or did it on net produce human damage?

Frawley, Stephen and Nico Schulenkorf (eds), Routledge Handbook of Sport and COVID-19 (Routledge Taylor & Francis, 2022)
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Abstract: This book examines the initial impact of the coronavirus pandemic on global sport and the varying consequences of the sport shutdown on all levels of society. It also considers the many lessons that have been learnt so that sport stakeholders can successfully adjust and operate under the ‘new normal.’ Featuring authors, cases and examples from around the world, the book explores the impact of COVID-19 on sport at all levels, from community sport – where local clubs, gyms and development programmes had to find ways to survive with pitches closed and projects cancelled – to the major professional sport leagues and sport mega-events, with events postponed and teams playing in empty stadia. It considers the economic, social and developmental impacts of the pandemic, including physical, mental and social wellbeing, and looks at how key professional and community sport organisations have reacted to the crisis, reflecting on the lessons learnt and preparations for future pandemics and challenges of similar size and significance. With COVID-19 now endemic in the global population, this is an essential reference for anybody working in sport, from students and researchers to managers, policymakers and development officers.

Frydrych-Depka, Anna, Maciej Serowaniec and Zbigniew Witkowski (eds), Pandemic Poland: Impacts of Covid-19 on Polish Law (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2021)
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Note: individual chapters are included in the relevant sections of this bibliography.
Book Summary: Poland has been in a phase of change since 2015. The constitutional system of the Third Republic is being restructured. The Judiciary, media, schools and universities are the main focus of attention. This restructure is being celebrated by the government as a renewal of the Polish state, but is being branded by the opposition as the destruction of the Polish Republic in favour of an illiberal democracy. In this already very difficult situation, Poland was confronted with the major challenges posed by a pandemic. What effects will the crisis have on the restructuring of the constitutional system? At present, it seems that the pandemic is acting as a catalyst for those changes. This book aims to provide an informed commentary on those developments and what they mean for the Third Polish Republic.

Gajda-Roszczynialska, Katarzyna (ed), Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Justice Systems: Reconstruction or Erosion of Justice Systems: Case Study and Suggested Solution (V&R Unipress, 2023) [OPEN ACCESS E-BOOK]

Note: individual chapters are included in the Courts section of this bibliography.
Book summary: How have the arrangements in European countries regarding the functioning of justice changed in the period of the COVID-19 pandemic? Will the solutions implemented in various countries in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic last and find their place in the legal systems of these countries for a longer period of time? The contributors analyse this in four thematic blocks: The first refers to the impact of COVID-19 on the administration and technical functioning of the judiciary, including international courts. The second part focuses on the impact of COVID-19 on the model of civil procedure, including the effects on general and structural principles such as the principle of openness, writing and oral proceedings, the principle of consistency of panels of judges as well as digitalization. The third refers to the impact of COVID-19 on criminal proceedings. And the last one deals with the impact of COVID-19 on the administrative proceedings.

Gephart, Werner (ed), In the Realm of Corona Normativities: A Momentary Snapshot of a Dynamic Discourse (Vittorio Klostermann, 2020)
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Summary: Corona Normativities provides a series of snapshots of the pandemic experience. As this phenomenon is global in nature, the contributors come from all over the world. Fellows, both past and present, and researchers from various disciplines, are associated with the Käte Hamburger Center “Law as Culture”. They share the conviction that the normative dimension of social life plays a special role in the pandemic experience: just as in archaic societies the observance of rules of purity were seen as a means of attaining salvation, the observance of hygiene rules has become the decisive means of healing the world from the evil of Covid-19. The constitution of this normative regimen and this belief in regulation in a state of emergency is of specific interest as a particular type of a pandemic validity culture. In what way does it reflect the gruelling normative rhythm that oscillates between freezing social life and opening it up but without relief and with a persisting basic mood of insecurity? Scrutiny of the crisis and its normative dynamics are key to better understanding the pandemic. The contributors to this timely volume desist from the nonsensical disputation of medical expertise, and emphasize the inherent dynamics of moral, legal, ethical, conventionlike rules, as well as mores and manners, in the weird and uncanny realm of the normative
The chapters include:
  • Th. Dreier, ‘Law as Culture in Times of Corona’ 41–60
  • J Commaille, ‘In a Troubled World: A New System of Knowledge about Law?’ 61–66
  • D Gosewinkel, ‘Corona and the Legal Barriers of National Border Restrictions’ 95–102
  • M Schermaier, ‘Morals Suspend Law. How the Call for Solidarity Casts a Shadow on Law’ 119–128
  • F. Caroccia, ‘Searching for a Vaccine. Rethinking the Paradigm of (Private) Law in Times of Pandemic Crisis’ 147–158
  • G. Ajani, ‘Possible Effects of the Pandemic Emergency on the Internal Coherence of EU Law’
  • 159–168
  • M Herdegen, ‘The Corona Crisis: Challenges for the Socio-Cultural Underpinnings of Constitutional and EU Law’ 169–178
  • U. Baxi, ‘International Law and Covid-19 Jurisprudence’ 179–182
  • M. Lehmann, ‘Legal System Reactions to Covid-19: Global Patterns and Cultural Varieties’ 183–194
  • V Cattelan, ‘Sacred Euro: Sovereign Debt(s) and EU’s Bare Credit in the Corona Crisis’ 195–208
Germain, Sabrina and Adrienne Yong, Beyond the Virus: Multidisciplinary and International Perspectives on Inequalities Raised by COVID-19 (Bristol University Press, forthcoming 2024)
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Book summary: Stark social inequalities have been revealed and exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. This book explores these inequalities through three thematic strands: power and governance, gender, and marginalized communities. Through its examination, the book uncovers how unequal the pandemic truly is.

Gosztonyi, Gergely and Elena Lazar (eds), Media Regulation During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Study from Central and Eastern Europe (Ethics International Press, 2023)
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Book Summary: The international COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact many people's daily lives, and this natural phenomenon does not leave the world of media untouched either. In Central and Eastern Europe, media regulatory processes are often covert; as if governments are using the viral situation to achieve their unstated goals. Freedom of expression as a fundamental human right can quickly face severe restrictions in such cases, raising the problem of conflicting fundamental rights. Legislation, the functioning of the media system, and other media rights issues, have for several years been on the agenda in many Central and Eastern European countries. The exercise of exceptional powers has reached the region; extraordinary seems to become the norm. This edited volume aims to bring together the historical and contemporary challenges for the press, the news media, and our mediatised world. It explores the issue from the perspectives of legal history and existing law, as well as social and political science, identifying the intersections where past experience can help to address the social and regulatory challenges of the present.

Greene, Alan, Emergency Powers in a Time of Pandemic (Bristol University Press, 2020)
Book Summary: How do we maintain core values and rights when governments impose restrictive measures on our lives? Declaring a state of emergency is the best way to protect public health in a pandemic but how do these powers differ from those for national security and economic crises? This book explores how human rights, democracy and the rule of law can be protected during a pandemic and how emergency powers can best be ended once it wanes. Written by an expert on constitutional law and human rights, this accessible book will shape how governments, opposition, courts and society as a whole view future pandemic emergency powers.

Grogan, Joelle and Alice Donald (eds), Routledge Handbook of Law and the COVID-19 Pandemic (Routledge, 2022)
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Book summary: The COVID-19 pandemic not only ravaged human bodies but also had profound and possibly enduring effects on the health of political and legal systems, economies and societies. Almost overnight, governments imposed the severest restrictions in modern times on rights and freedoms, elections, parliaments and courts. Legal and political institutions struggled to adapt, creating a catalyst for democratic decline and catastrophic increases in poverty and inequality. This handbook analyses the global pandemic response through five themes: governance and democracy; human rights; the rule of law; science, public trust and decision making; and states of emergency and exception. Containing 12 thematic commentaries and 25 chapters on countries of diverse size, wealth and experience of COVID-19, it represents the combined effort of more than 50 contributors, including leading scholars and rising voices in the fields of constitutional, international, public health, human rights and comparative law, as well as political science, and science and technology studies. Taking stock after the onset of global emergency, this book provides essential analysis for politicians, policy-makers, jurists, civil society organisations, academics, students and practitioners at both national and international level on the best, and most concerning, practices adopted in response to COVID-19 – and key insights into how states and multilateral institutions should reform, adapt and prepare for future emergencies.

Gurrea-Martínez, 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.

Hantrais, Linda and Marie-Thérèse Letablier, Comparing and Contrasting the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic in the European Union (Routledge, 2021)
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Contents:
1. European National Public Healthcare Systems Compared
2. Comparing the Impacts of COVID-19 across EU Member States
3. Tracking and Comparing Government Responses to COVID-19
4. The Impact of COVID-19 in Policy Contexts
5. Contextualising the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic Within the European Union

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
Houston, Rachael, Tomothy R Johnson and Eve M Ringsmuth, SCOTUS and COVID: How the Media Reacted to the Livestreaming of Supreme Court Oral Arguments (Rowman & Littlefield, 2023)
Book summary: This book compares the volume and nature of online print and broadcast television coverage from major media outlets from all U.S. Supreme Court oral argument sessions during the October 2019, 2020, and 2021 Terms. The authors demonstrate that the move to livestreaming the Court’s oral argument sessions increased the frequency and depth of online print news media’s coverage in the short term but not in the long term. For both online print and broadcast outlets, their findings suggest that the benefits of increased transparency offered by livestreaming oral argument audio did not come with significant disadvantages for the Court in terms of long-term changes in its news media coverage. The authors analysis provides timely evidence that speaks to the current, and ongoing, debate about public access to the Supreme Court. It also speaks to the likely consequences of permanently continuing the practice of livestreaming oral argument audio and sheds light on the ramifications of other potential expansions in transparency at the Supreme Court, such as livestreaming opinion announcement audio or providing live video coverage of the Court’s proceedings. This work speaks to the impact of increased access to oral arguments and the inner workings of government institutions more broadly. Indeed, the U.S. Supreme Court was not the only institution to grapple with the constraints of the COVID-19 pandemic and opportunities for unprecedented, and instantaneous, access to anyone, anywhere. Better understanding the implications of the Court’s decision to livestream audio from its proceedings provides leverage on the consequences of greater government transparency for news media coverage and, by extension, individuals’ exposure to, and interaction with, government more generally.

Hu, Margaret, Pandemic Surveillance (Edward Elgar, 2022)
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Book summary: As the COVID-19 pandemic surged in 2020, questions of data privacy, cybersecurity, and the ethics of surveillance technologies centred an international conversation on the benefits and disadvantages of the appropriate uses and expansion of cyber surveillance and data tracking. This timely book examines and answers these important concerns.

Johnston, Carolyn, ‘Telehealth: What Has Been Learned through the Covid-19 Pandemic?’ in Digital Health Technologies: Law, Ethics, and the Doctor-Patient Relationship (Routledge, 2023)

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.

Kaneko, Yuka (ed), Changing Law and Contractual Relations under COVID-19: Reallocation of Social Risks in Asian SME Sectors (Springer, 2023)
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Book summary: This book explores the law and social changes in Asian countries under the impact of COVID-19, with a particular focus on the social relations surrounding the SMEs. These form the center of contractual relations between various socio-economic actors and at the same time, are a direct counterpart of the governmental SME policies, peculiar to Asian interventionist governments. A comparative approach is taken, using the results of interview surveys based on structured questions conducted via research collaboration between the contributors from Japan as well as other Asian countries. A comparative analysis of the risk redistribution in the pandemic between countries that share similar preconditions is still possible and meaningful. The authors of this book hold the view that Asian countries have sufficient bases for international comparison, particularly on the risk reallocation in the SME sector, given the relatively well-controlled level of infection, presumably due to the similarity of cooperative social culture. Another basis for comparison is the similarity of the laws surrounding the business operation of SMEs since normal times, which makes it feasible to compare the difference in the pandemic. What risks should be reallocated between whom, and how?

Karagkouni, Vasiliki (ed), The Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on Human Rights: Collective Research Project (Logos Verlag Berlin, 2024) [OPEN ACCESS E-BOOK]
Contents:
  • Ioannis Revolidis, ‘Introduction on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on human rights’ 11
  • Vasiliki Karagkouni, ‘The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women’s working life in the EU 17
  • Konstantinos Kouroupis, ‘Digital transformation – digitalization in the COVID-19 era 31
  • Dimitrios Devetzis, ‘The Janus’s two faces in the case of tracing apps: Safety v. Privacy’ 47
  • Alexandros Argyriadis, Agathi Argyriadi, ‘Effects of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis on General Population Mental Health’ 63
  • Stavros K. Parlalis, Demetris Hadjicharalambous, ‘Employee rights during pandemic in social sciences’ 75
  • Ioannis Voudouris, Nicholas G. Berketis, ‘The impact of COVID-19 pandemic on ship operations, ports, and the rights of seafarers’ 93
  • Aikaterini K. Sykiotis-Charalambakis, ‘How criminal law helps to tackle the pandemic’ 121
  • Maria Stylianidou, ‘Corruption risks in public procurement in the context of COVID-19’ 139 Panagiotis Degleris ‘Epimeter: Pandemic, Law, and State: The constant mutation of the raised issues – Reflections and points to note 159

Käsehage, Nina (ed), Religious Fundamentalism in the Age of Pandemic (Transcript, 2021)
[OPEN ACCESS BOOK]
Book summary: The multidisciplinary anthology Religious Fundamentalism in the Age of Pandemic provides deep insights concerning the current impact of Covid-19 on various religious groups and believers around the world. Based on contributions of well-known scholars in the field of Religious Fundamentalism, the contributors offer about a window into the origins of religious fundamentalism and the development of these movements as well as the creation of the category itself. Further recommendations regarding specific (fundamentalist) religious groups and actors and their possible development within Buddhism, Christianity, Islam and Judaism round up the discussion about the rise of Religious Fundamentalism in the Age of Pandemic.

Kettemann, Matthias C and Konrad Lachmayer (eds), Pandemocracy in Europe: Power, Parliaments and People in Times of COVID-19 (Hart Publishing, 2022)
[OPEN ACCESS BOOK]
Individual chapters are listed in the relevant sections in this bibliography.
Book summary: This open access book explains why a democratic reckoning will start when European societies win the fight against COVID-19. Have democracies successfully mastered the challenges of the pandemic? How has the coronavirus impacted democratic principles, processes and values? At the heels of the worst public health crisis in living memory, this book shines a light on the sidelining of parliaments, the ruling by governmental decrees and the disenfranchisement of the people in the name of fighting COVID-19. Pandemocracy in Europe situates the dramatic impact of COVID-19, and the fight against the virus, on Europe’s democracies. Throughout its 17 contributions the book sets the theoretical stage and answers the democratic questions engaged by health emergencies. Seven national case studies – UK, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Hungary, Switzerland and France – show, each time with a pronounced focus on a particular element of democracy, how different states reacted to the pandemic. Bridging disciplines and uniting a stellar cast of scholars on democracy, rule of law and constitutionalism, the book provides contours and nuances to a year of debates in political science, international relations and law on the impact of the virus on democracies.

Klaus, Mathis and Avishalom Tor (eds), Law and Economics of the Coronavirus Crisis (Springer, 2022)
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Book summary: The coronavirus pandemic struck unexpectedly, posing unprecedented challenges around the world. At the same time, this crisis also offers a unique opportunity for reflection, research, and insight regarding this and similar global and domestic crises. There is much to be learned from analysing the effects of the crisis. It provides a chance for a fresh scholarly examination of important aspects of legal regulation, policymaking, and more. This volume pursues these questions from a broad range of Law and Economics perspectives and is divided into two parts. The first part examines the immediate impact of and responses to the coronavirus crisis, while the second explores the future possibilities that scholarly analysis of this crisis can offer. As to the immediate impact and responses, questions of compliance with regulations and safety measures, nudging and decision-making with regard to the coronavirus crisis are examined from the perspective of behavioural economics. In addition, the short- and long-term effects of various emergency policy responses on contract law are studied. Current issues and challenges like the regulation of internet platforms, excessive pricing, the right to adequate food, risk and loss allocation, as well as remote learning and examinations, which have been impacted, brought about, complicated or aggravated by the coronavirus crisis, are analysed in depth. Lastly, future possibilities in the areas of data access rights, economic instability and the balance between political-economic interests and social interests, patenting, food labels and open data are illustrated.

Krans, Bart and Anna Nylund (eds), Civil Courts Coping with COVID-19 (Eleven, 2021) OPEN ACCESS
Summary: The unforeseen Covid-19 pandemic has propelled, and continues to propel, unprecedented transformations to civil proceedings and the landscape in which they operate. Courts have proven to be creative and innovative in their responses to the pandemic, and in their ability to implement digitisation of paperwork and remote hearings. This book contains a comparative study of how courts in 23 countries have coped with the pandemic, addressing selected innovations and adaptations to court proceedings, factors facilitating and impeding the digital leap, and new concerns that new technology and the pandemic engenders. The authors discuss the implications of digitisation, such as ensuring equal access to courts, novel issues concerning fair trial rights in remote proceedings, the role of alternative dispute resolution during the pandemic, and the roots of resistance to digitisation.
 
Contents:
  • Civil Courts Coping with Covid-19 – Exceptional Times, Normal Times, New Times?
  • Responding to Covid-19 – Australian Civil Courts in 2020
  • The Impact of Covid-19 on Civil Procedure in Belgium
  • Brazilian Precedents in Covid-19 – Supreme Court Matters?
  • The 'New Normal' of Civil Procedure in Canada – Technological Efficiency over Proportionality and Accuracy of Outcomes
  • Civil Justice in China in the Covid-19 Period
  • Croatian Civil Justice v. Covid-19 – The Empire Strikes Back
  • Digitalization of Danish Civil Justice – Perspectives from the Pandemic
  • Developing the New Normal for English Civil Procedure Post Covid-19
  • Pandemic and Digitalization – The Situation in the Finnish Lower Courts
  • Covid-19 and French Civil Justice – What Future for Civil Hearings?
  • Covid-19, Civil Justice 2020 and German Courts 2021?
  • Covid-19 and Civil Justice – News from the Italian Front
  • Impact of Covid-19 on Japanese Civil Justice
  • Impact of Covid-19 Pandemic on Lithuanian Civil Justice
  • The Aftermath of the Covid-19 Pandemic in the Netherlands – Seizing the Digital Gains
  • Covid-19 and Norwegian Civil Justice
  • Peruvian Judicial System during the Covid-19 Pandemic
  • Transformation of Polish Civil Procedure in Light of Covid-19
  • Singapore Civil Procedure and Covid-19
  • Coping with an Outdated and Rigid Civil Procedure in the Era of Covid-19 – The Experience of Slovenia
  • Civil Justice after the Covid-19 Pandemic in Taiwan
  • The Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on the Civil Procedure in Uruguay
  • Covid-19 and American Civil Litigation
  • Conclusions on Civil Courts Coping with Covid-19
Krishnan, Loganathan and Wai Meng Chan (eds), The Impact of COVID-19 on Corporations and Corporate Law in Malaysia (Springer, 2022)
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Book summary: This book analyzes the impact of COVID-19 on corporations in Malaysia, discussing the challenges and the corporations’ responses to them. The relevant provisions in the Companies Act 2016 are examined, and where necessary, reforms are proposed in light of the new business environment brought on as a result of the pandemic. The book also discusses the interim measures initiated by the various regulators in order to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and analyzes the adequacy of such measures by drawing analogous positions from countries such as the UK, Australia, and Singapore. This book is a helpful guide for practitioners to manage the impact of COVID-19 on corporations and the Companies Act 2016. The book is a reference point for regulators and policy makers in crafting policies to combat the impact of COVID-19.

Levashova, Yulia and Pascale Accaoui Lorfing, Balancing the Protection of Foreign Investors and States Responses in the Post-Pandemic World (Kluwer Law International, 2022)
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Book summary: This book is an expansive synopsis of the impact of COVID-19 on States and investors, including perspectives from UNCTAD, the European Union, the United States, Russia, India, South Korea and the African Union. This exhaustive guide on State defences and investor protection mechanisms grapples with the following aspects of the debate as affected by the pandemic: treatment of investors in times of pandemic and in the post-pandemic world; sufficient contribution to the economic development of the host State; disparities in bargaining power; and use of ‘pandemic power’ to accord preferential treatment. The concluding part of the book is devoted to analysing case studies from around the world through the lens of the pandemic and investor-State disputes.

Lipowicz, Irena, Grażyna Szpor and Aleksandra Syrt (eds), Instruments of Public Law: Digital Transformation during the Pandemic (Routledge, 2022)
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Book summary: The Covid 19 pandemic has revealed the need to verify the existing principles of functioning of public authorities, in relation to various decision-making processes, both at the conceptual level and at law implementation. The action of the legislator and public administration towards the society and the economy is conducted using peculiar instruments to control the public administration system. These instruments are likely to be of a public or private law nature. This book takes a comparative approach to examine the issues related to digital transformation in the times of a pandemic regarding the use of public-law instruments in Poland and the wider European context. In particular, the research aims to identify what stage the development of digital solutions in the state’s organization and its authorities has reached, including the organization of public administration; what the has pandemic changed. Exploring the concepts of digital transformation, pandemic and public-law instruments, it provides an analysis of European and national public-law instruments using digital solutions, security and cybersecurity during a pandemic, and concrete issues such as public administration, health protection and social security, economic activity and the system of public finances, and education during the pandemic is performed. Establishing whether particular solutions are durable and to what extent they create a certain standard of response to a threat, it makes recommendations for determining which of the existing solutions is useful for the functioning of the state and its organs and facilitates the performance of their tasks.

Maimela, Charles (ed), Technological Innovation (4IR) in Law Teaching and Learning: Enhancement or Drawback during Covid-19 (Pretoria University Law Press, 2022) *[OPEN ACCESS BOOK]*
Book summary: Technological innovation (4IR) in law teaching and learning: Enhancement or drawback during Covid-19? book emerged from a lecture series the Faculty of Law at UP hosted in the 2021 academic year. Aiming to test the state of teaching and learning during the pandemic, the lecture series asked whether ERT and learning (ERTL) compromised or enhanced the teaching and learning of law. Among others, various academics from UP Law as well as from the universities of KwaZulu-Natal, Johannesburg and Free State. as well as officials from the DHET, participated in the series. This collection comprises chapters written by some of the representatives who were involved in the lecture series. This book aims to set the tone for teaching and learning of law after the pandemic. It is our hope that the lessons learnt during the pandemic will be adopted in the day-to-day teaching pedagogy of law in the future. Despite the disruptions caused by the pandemic, a possibly unseen benefit can be identified. As this book argues, law teaching and learning using technological innovations have been positive for both academics and students. Thanks to technological innovation, the discipline of law is arguably in a far better position after the pandemic than before.

Mbengue, Makane Moïse and Jean D'Aspremont (eds), Crisis Narratives in International Law (Brill, 2021) (OPEN ACCESS)
Book summary: This volume offers a series of short and highly self-reflective essays by leading international lawyers on the relation between international law and crises. It particularly shows that international law shapes the crises that it addresses as much as it is shaped by them. It critically evaluates the modes of intervention of international law in the problems of the world. Together these essays provide a unique stocktaking about the role, limits, and potential of international law as well as the worlds that are imagined through international lawyers’ vocabularies.
  • Chapter 1: Jan Klabbers, ‘The Love of Crisis’ 8-20
  • Chapter 2 Iain Scobbie, ‘Crisis? What Damned Crisis?’ 21-33
  • Chapter 3 Hélène Ruiz Fabri, ‘Crisis Narratives and the Tale of Our Anxieties’ 34-39
  • Chapter 4 B.S. Chimni, ‘Crisis and International Law: A Third World Approaches to International Law Perspective’ 40-53
  • Chapter 5: Frédéric Mégret, ‘Chapter 5 COVID and the Crisis Mode in International Legal Scholarship’ 54-61
  • Chapter 6: Makane Moïse Mbengue, ‘Narratives of Solidarity in Times of Crisis: Tales from Africa’ 62-68
  • Chapter 7: Jean d’Aspremont, ‘International Law as a Crisis Discourse: The Peril of Wordlessness’ 69-84
  • Chapter 8: Anne Peters, ‘COVID-19 as a Catalyst for the (Re-)Constitutionalisation of International Law: One Health – One Welfare’ 85-99
  • Chapter 9: Yuval Shany, ‘The COVID-19 Pandemic Crisis and International Law: A Constitutional Moment, A Tipping Point or More of the Same?’ 100-108
  • Chapter 10: Eliana Cusato, ‘Beyond War Narratives: Laying Bare the Structural Violence of the Pandemic’ 109-121
  • Chapter 11: Christian J. Tams. ‘Repetitive Renewal: COVID, Canons and Blinkers’ 122-131
  • Chapter 12: Catherine Kessedjian, ‘International Law and Crisis Narratives after the COVID-19 Pandemic 132-138
  • Chapter 13: Laurence Boisson de Chazournes, ‘Only Once … Upon a Time?’ 139-145
  • Chapter 14: Edith Brown Weiss, ‘The Kaleidoscopic World Confronts a Pandemic’ 146-158
  • Chapter 15: Mónica Pinto, ‘How Learned Are Our Lessons?’ 159-166
  • Chapter 16: Benedict Kingsbury, ‘Hobbes and the Plague Doctors’ 167-172
  • Chapter 17: Malgosia Fitzmaurice, ‘The Covid-19 Crisis, Indigenous Peoples, and International Law: A Vulnerability Perspective’ 173-181
  • Chapter 18: Fuad Zarbiyev, ‘COVID-19 and Research in International Law’ 182-185
  • Chapter 19: Iga Joanna Józefiak, ‘A Narrative of Crises from the Perspective of a Young Scholar’ 186-194
Menhennet, Katerina (ed), Knowledge Management in Law Firms: Challenges and Opportunities Post-Pandemic (Globe Law and Business, 2023)
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Book summary: Strategies for gathering and harnessing knowledge have existed in law firms for decades. However, knowledge management suddenly found itself in the spotlight as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Enforced remote working reduced opportunities for knowledge sharing between colleagues and this gap was filled with knowledge databases and experienced knowledge lawyers. Now that hybrid and virtual workforces are here to stay, these new working practices have combined with technological developments, enhanced demand, and the transformation of how to access knowledge to drive the advancement of knowledge management into a new era.Knowledge Management in Law Firms: Challenges and Opportunities Post-Pandemic is the essential guide to the evolution of law firm knowledge management. It covers how to revisit your strategy in light of recent and future changes, the expansion of knowledge management to encompass legal tech and innovation, the rise of the importance of data, strategies for overcoming the challenges hybrid and virtual working pose to knowledge management, managing knowledge teams, and much more. Chapters are written by an international group of KM experts from a range of organisations and leading law firms, including DLA Piper, Linklaters, and Dentons. Pandemic experiences and lessons learnt are shared as well as ways to approach the future. Knowledge is at the heart of the legal profession, and this book provides guidance on how to prepare for and thrive in the knowledge management practices of the future, overcoming the obstacles and embracing the opportunities that have arisen from or been accelerated by the pandemic. Through demonstrating how effective knowledge management can help firms exceed client expectations, differentiate themselves in the competitive market, and, ultimately, improve their bottom line, this title will be of interest to knowledge management professionals including professional support lawyers, law firm leaders, partners and fee earners, and, outside of law firms, in-house lawyers and consultants.

Menkes, Jerzy and Magdalena Suska, The Economic and Legal Impact of Covid-19: The Case of Poland (Routledge, 2021)
Note: this book is not open access. Link to book webpage on publisher site for details and pricing
Book summary: In response to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, governments and international institutions took steps to contain the harmful consequences on citizens’ lives and health, as well as the economy. In the short term, the goal was to limit the spread of the virus and the effects of the restrictions on the economy and, in the longer run, to prevent the appearance of new cases, facilitate the end of social restrictions, reboot the economy, and return to a path of sustainable growth and development. This is an economic and legal exploration of the impact of the pandemic, in the Polish context, examining Polish society and the economy as well as the response of the Polish authorities to the pandemic. The choice of Poland as the subject of the research is justified by its specificity. On the one hand, Poland is a country undergoing systemic transformation with access to European and transatlantic institutions. On the other hand, in recent years, it has evolved towards a hybrid democracy and is currently diverging away from the EU project. The book presents Poland’s legal and institutional response to the pandemic, analysed through the prism of common European values and Poland’s international commitments. It signposts the financial solutions adopted by the EU in the aftermath of the outbreak to assess how they will be used in combatting the short and longer-term consequences of the pandemic in Poland. The book is an introduction to original research, shaped by the novelty of the subject matter, and as such, will be essential reading for students and researchers of economics, law, and international relations.

Morag, Nadav, Impacts of the Covid-19 Pandemic: International Laws, Policies, and Civil Liberties (Wiley, 2022)
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Book summary: The wide array of legal and policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic have significant implications regarding the functioning of countries and their respective societies. This book addresses the impact of international legislative and policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic in a range of countries. To aid the reader in understanding country-specific developments, each chapter focuses on a specific country and addresses the legal frameworks and policy approaches used to support measures to prevent transmission and otherwise reduce the impact of the virus on society and the economy. Sample topics discussed in the work include: The effect certain policies may have on civil liberties, such as due process, and the right to privacy in specific countries The provision of public goods in the face of the pandemic Policymakers in public health agencies and other branches of government, along with academics studying global pandemic response, homeland security, and emergency management will be able to use this book as a comprehensive resource to understand the current state of COVID-19 policies around the world and the potential future effects of these policies.

Morphet, Janice, The Impact of COVID-19 on Devolution: Re-Centralising the British State Beyond Brexit? (Bristol University Press, 2021)
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Book summary: The COVID-19 pandemic is the first time that many of the UK population, including its national politicians, have become aware of the practical dimensions of devolution to its four nations through the delivery of support to those affected by the virus. Part of the COVID Collection, this topical book explores how the public perception of the decentralized governments has changed during the pandemic and uses case studies to discuss the actions taken by central government to undermine the devolution settlement. Assessing the role of local government in supporting communities despite cuts from central government, it makes a vital contribution to the debate on the future options for the UK within the context of Brexit and what follows.

Moskal, Anna et al, The European Union in Light of the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Failure of European Integration or a Chance for Closer Cooperation Among Member States? (Księgarnia Akademicka, 2021) [OPEN ACCESS BOOK]
Book summary: This publication discusses a diverse range of issues associated with European integration, ranging from the origins of the European Union, the evolution of the organisation over the last several decades, the changing visions of the future of Europe, the crises that the Member States faced in the past, and finally, the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the current and future level of European integration. Although the shape and future of the EU have been debated since its formation, the authors strongly believe that they need to be revisited due to the severe challenges this unique organisation and its Member States have been facing following the outbreak of COVID-19. The rapid spread of coronavirus around the world led to an unprecedented global emergency which severely affected many countries, including all the Member States of the EU. The COVID-19 pandemic put the ability of the EU to react quickly and effectively to the test. In addition, it also exposed the weak points of cooperation and solidarity of the Member States, and the level of trust their citizens have in the EU during a time of horrendous crisis. In this publication, a scope of integration and cooperation of the Member States is re-evaluated, and the level of European citizens’ trust given to the EU and its Member States during the deadly pandemic is analysed. In order to provide the reader with an in-depth and comprehensive research analysis on European integration, the study is presented through a historic, political, and legal lens.

Muñoz Paredes, María Luisa and Anna Tarasiuk (eds), Covid-19 and Insurance (Springer, 2023)
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Book summary: Offers a comprehensive study on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on private insurance. Includes contributions by experts from academia and lawyers specialising in the field. Assesses how insurance has adapted to a new landscape.

Murase, Shinya and Suzanne Zhou (eds), Epidemics and International Law (Brill Nijhoff, 2021)
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The indivisual chapters of this book are listed in the relevant sections of this bibliography.
Book summary: We are currently living in a new normal. The Covid-19 pandemic has led to millions of deaths and is changing how we live, work, socialise and move through the world. But Covid-19 is one of many epidemics to have shaped human life throughout history, causing untold suffering and death and changing how we live. Their effects are seldom limited to one country or region, and how societies prevent, manage and recover from epidemics is inevitably influenced by international law. Epidemics are regulated not only by international health law but also by international human rights law, international environmental law, international trade and investment law, international transport law, international law of peace and security and international humanitarian law. Despite this, they have received limited attention in mainstream international legal scholarship. This volume provides a comprehensive examination of epidemics and international law from the perspective of general international law. Featuring thirty-one essays by researchers from around the world and from various areas of expertise, it demonstrates how epidemics shape – and are shaped by – international legal norms across varying domains of international law.

Musiał-Karg, Magdalena and Izabela Kapsa (eds), Elections in Times of a Pandemic: Dilemmas and Challenges: Experiences of the European Countries (Brill, 2024)
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Book summary: The COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated that unexpected and unpredictable situations can hinder the conduct of general elections around the world. The book is a comprehensive analysis of the organization of elections during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to the theoretical perspective, it familiarizes the public with specific electoral solutions adopted during the pandemic in selected European countries (Italy, Germany, Lithuania, Serbia, Russia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Poland). The editors believe that this book will bring closer the specific solutions adopted in the considered countries during the COVID-19 pandemic and provide readers with a multi-faceted understanding of elections in emergency situations.

Nagy, Zoltán and Attila Horváth, Emergency Powers in Central and Eastern Europe : From Martial Law to COVID-19 , (Central European Academic Publishing, 2022) [OPEN ACCESS BOOK]
Book Summary: The basic goal of this volume is twofold: On the one hand, readers are provided with an in-depth analysis and comparison of the systems of emergency powers of eight Central and Eastern European countries, paying special attention to the states of exception declared in the previous decades; on the other hand, the book is devoted to discussing the constitutional law aspects of the responses for COVID-19 crisis, highlighting the relevant legal and political debates, dilemmas and viewpoints surrounding the pandemic up until June 2021. Although the viewpoint of the book is primarily based on constitutional law, we also deal with the COVID-19 pandemic as an economic crisis, comparing the fiscal and monetary measures of crisis management.
Contents:
  • Trócsányi László, ‘The Theoretical Questions of Emergency Powers’ 19
  • Béres Nóra, ‘International Aspects of the COVID-19 Health Crisis with Special Regard to Human Rights’ 33
  • Marinkás György, ‘Dealing with the COVID‑19 Pandemic on the EU level: Introducing the “Web of Competencies” Theory’ 71
  • Petar Bačić and Marko Ivkošić, ‘The Croatian “Emergency Constitution” on Test’ 97
  • Hojnyák Dávid and Szinek Csütörtöki Hajnalka, ‘Dimensions of Emergency Powers in the Czech Republic’ 129
  • Nagy Zoltán and Horváth Attila, ‘The (Too?) Complex Regulation of Emergency Powers in Hungary’ 149
  • Katarzyna Zombory and Németh Zoltán, ‘To Introduce or Not to Introduce? Regulation of the State of Emergency Under the 1997 Polish Constitution vs the COVID-19 Pandemic’ 189
  • Szentpáli-Gavallér Pál and Fegyveresi Zsolt, ‘Where is the “Special Legal Order” Heading in Romania?’221
  • Slobodan Orlović and Ivan Milić, ‘Serbian Legal Disharmony During the COVID‑19 Pandemic’ 247
  • Szinek János and Szinek Csütörtöki Hajnalka, ‘The Multi-Level Regulation of the Traditional and the Exceptional Emergency Powers in Slovakia’ 279
  • Sibilla Buletsa, ‘Legal Regulation of the Special Legal Regimes in Ukraine’ 303
  • Nagy Zoltán et al, ‘Summary: Pondering About Emergency Powers During COVID-19’ 343

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.
Noah, Lars, Law and the Public’s Health: Cases, Controversies, and Covid-19 (Carolina Academic Press, forthcoming May 2023)
Abstract: The varied responses to our latest pandemic have embroiled all three branches of the U.S. government—as well as the private sector—in a dizzying range of legal disputes, colored by growing partisanship and deepening ideological divisions. This casebook includes 140 judicial decisions, more than one-third of which are less than three years old and almost one-quarter of which relate to Covid-19. Other included case law covers the likes of smallpox, influenza, HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, salmonella and other bacterial threats, smoking and vaping, obesity and diabetes, drug and alcohol abuse, gun violence, motor vehicle accidents, and lead contamination. Instead of focusing on either discrete issue areas (e.g., respiratory contagions) or clusters of legal rules (e.g., free exercise of religion), this casebook groups the excerpted opinions and affiliated discussion by reference to the various tools available for promoting the public’s health, broadly divided according to whether government intervention aims to manage (1) people, (2) places, (3) things, or (4) information. Obviously, these tools often overlap, and the final chapter attempts to recombine them in assessing the multifaceted nature of policy responses to a handful of modern problems. Designed for use in law school, Law and the Public’s Health focuses specifically on public law rather than health law and medical ethics, making it an accessible casebook for law students without a background in medicine.

Nottage, Luke R and Makoto Ibusuki (eds), Comparing Online Legal Education (Intersentia, 2023)
Link to book page on publisher website
Book summary: This pioneering work by leading comparative lawyers examines developments in online legal education, particularly in universities but also in professional associations, before and especially after the COVID-19 pandemic. The book posits and largely confirms that transformations are linked to the extent and scope of respective legal professions (often, but not always, correlating to common versus civil law traditions), funding and other aspects of university-level education, and information and communications technology infrastructure in each jurisdiction. It charts the dramatic shift to online legal education in almost all jurisdictions even with different levels of COVID-19 infections and deaths, or mobility restrictions imposed by law and/or social norms. It also details how law teachers and students adapted to the challenges and opportunities of new technologies and practices, sometimes benefitting from serendipitous earlier events supporting online legal education, and a considerable ‘reversion to the mean’ as the pandemic has abated. The special reports incorporate extensive empirical data, including surveys on online legal education experiences. They cover 13 jurisdictions across the Asia-Pacific region (Australia, Canada, Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macao, Japan and Pakistan), Europe and beyond (Croatia, Cyprus, Italy and Seychelles), ranging from micro-states to very large economies, at various stages of economic development and from different legal traditions. Comparing Online Legal Education provides rich resources and lessons for legal academics and professionals, as well as those involved in education policy.

O’Donnell, Sean J, Employment Law during a Pandemic (LexisNexis, 2022)
Link to book details on publisher website
Book summary: This book provides employment lawyers, litigators, in-house counsel, and human resource professionals with a one-stop resource for dealing with the most common employment law issues arising during and as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Oxford Compendium of National Legal Responses to Covid-19 OPEN ACCESS
Summary: The Oxford Compendium of National Legal Responses to Covid-19 is a global academic collaboration mapping legal responses to Covid-19 in dozens of participating countries and territories. Each entry is structured identically and explores the role of public law, institutional adaptation, public health measures, social and labour policy, and human rights measures introduced or applied as a response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The entries are updated periodically across 2021. The Compendium is the primary output of the Lex-Atlas Covid-19 project.
The Compendium was launched on 26 April 2021 with 17 entries. It is intended that approximately 60 jurisdictions will be included in the resource by the autumn 2021. The entries will be updated three times into 2022. Each jurisdiction has a companion page on the Lex-Atlas Covid-19 website, on which further updates and relevant information are held. Readers are advised to consult both.
As at January 2023, the published jurisdictions are:
Parmet, Wendy E, Constitutional Contagion: COVID, the Courts, and Public Health (Cambridge University Press, 2023)
Link to book page on publisher website
Book summary: Constitutional law has helped make Americans unhealthy. Drawing from law, history, political theory, and public health research, Constitutional Contagion explores the history of public health laws, the nature of liberty and individual rights, and the forces that make a nation more or less vulnerable to contagion. In this groundbreaking work, Wendy Parmet documents how the Supreme Court departed from past practice to stymie efforts to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic and demonstrates how pre-pandemic court decisions helped to shatter social contracts, weaken democracy, and perpetuate the inequities that made the United States especially vulnerable when COVID-19 struck. Looking at judicial decisions from an earlier era, Parmet argues that the Constitution does not compel the stark individualism and disregard of public health that is evident in contemporary constitutional law decisions. Parmet shows us why, if we are to be a healthy nation, constitutional law must change.

Pavone, Ilja, Global Pandemics and International Law: An Analysis in the Age of Covid-19 (Routledge, 2023)
Book summary: This book reviews the efficacy of Global Health Law, assessing why its legal framework based on the International Health Regulations did not represent a valid tool in the containment of modern global pandemics such as COVID-19. The book provides an introduction to the international legal framework surrounding epidemics and pandemics and the main global governance issues that have been generated by the COVID-19 outbreak. It highlights the main shortcomings of Global Health Law, while also including practical proposals to improve the WHO’s mechanism to prevent and respond to future disease outbreaks, such as the New Pandemic Treaty. Emphasis is placed on what has not worked in the international, regional and national responses to COVID-19. It is argued that the pandemic has shed light on the weaknesses of global and domestic health law. By identifying legal gaps and providing legal arguments, the book contributes to the historical and conceptual foundation as well as the practical development of international law in the new age of COVID-19, with the ultimate goal of stimulating legal reform in this vital new era. The work will be essential reading for academics, researchers and policy-makers working in International Law, Health Law, Environmental Law, Human Rights Law, Biolaw, and the Law of International Organizations.

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.

Ramji-Nogales, Jaya and Iris Goldner Lang (eds), Migration in the Time of COVID-19: Comparative Law and Policy Responses (2021) OPEN ACCESS BOOK
Note: individual chapters in this book are listed in the Refugee & Asylum Seeker / Immigration Law section of this bibliography.
Book Summary: This Research Topic aims to provide one of the first comparative analyses of migration law and policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to the pandemic, governments have reinstituted border controls in the Schengen region and any ‘non-essential travel’ to the EU has been suspended. The U.S. government has instituted travel bans on non-citizens from a range of countries. Asylum seekers have been refused entry in violation of international refugee law, and advocates have filed lawsuits demanding the release of immigration detainees in the face of the risks posed by COVID-19. Other migrant-receiving states such as Australia and Israel have also responded in similar ways. Bringing together experts in migration law from Australia, Europe, Israel, and North and South America, the authors will begin to map the range of responses, identify common patterns, and offer predictions and solutions.

Ramraj, Victor (ed), COVID-19 in Asia: Law and Policy Contexts (Oxford University Press, 2021)
Not open access. See 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. :

Rauf, Mohammad, Covid-19 Emerging Socio-Economic and Legal Trends in Maldives (Mahi Publication, 2021)
Link to book information on publisher website
Book Summary: COVID-19 is a global pandemic caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus (referred to as the COVID-19 virus) which has resulted in the cessation of vernally all the countries of the world. The economy and the society have been badly affected. Even the powerful l and developed countries have also much affected. Maldives, being a developing nation, has been the worst as it depends heavily on the tourism industry which came to total stand still after the pandemic grew. The tourism and fishery sector are not only important, but also the lifelines of the country, the process of which got badly affected with the spread of corona virus. Thus, being the accelerating factor of the country, it largely affected its progress and process of development. Male` was found as the worst affected for being the center of power and sociolegal activities. Thus, a little spark of corona infection was supposed to make this city to stare on her heels and in turn, the whole country. Thus, it becomes important to understand the socio-legal impact posed by the pandemic and the measures taken to avert it. Also, it is significant to know the compliance mechanism which is there to battle against the crises.

Sabhlok, Sanjeev, The Great Hysteria and The Broken State (Connor Court Publishing, 2020)
link to book page on publisher website
Abstract: This pandemic is not a once in 100 year event but closer to a once in 30 year event. The hysteria is grossly overdone. There were WHO guidelines in 2019 about flu-type pandemics and none involved lockdowns. Australian governments including Victoria’s had clear plans for all kinds of pandemics. None involved 5-km lockdowns, 23-hour curfews and mandatory masks even in the open air. These lockdowns are causing huge collateral damage while the governments remain in denial. The governments must lift the lockdowns and focus on the at-risk population. We also need constitutional and legal reforms to ensure that this doesn’t occur again.

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’. :

Serna de la Garza, José María (coordinator), Covid-19 and Constitutional Law (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 2020) OPEN ACCESS
Summary: The purpose of this book is to trace a very broad map of the different constitutional issues that are being debated in different parts of the world in the context of the pandemic. In view of this, scholars of 26 countries were invited to submit a short commentary on which constitutional issues are of concern in their part of the world, in the context of the COVID-19 crisis. This “mapping” will hopefully be the basis for conducting deeper analysis in future research projects in the field of comparative constitutional law, in connection with crisis derived from pandemics.
Note: this book and its individual chapters are listed in the Constitutional Law section of this bibliography, and in other sections if relevant. The book’s contributions are in English and French. Following our practice of only including works in English, we have only listed the English contributions in other sections of the bibliography.
Contents :
AFRICA
AMERICA
Figueiredo, Marcelo, ‘COVID-19 and the Brazilian Reaction
Serna de la Garza, José María, ‘COVID-19 and Constitutional Law: the Case of Mexico
Ginsburg, Tom, ‘COVID-19 and the US Constitution
ASIA
Shankar, Uday, ‘COVID-19 and the Court in India
EUROPE
Klinge, Sune et al, ‘COVID-19 and Constitutional Law in Denmark
Zubik, Marek and Dominik Łukowiak, ‘COVID-19 and Constitutional Law: the Case of Poland
Tanasescu, Elena-Simina, ‘COVID-19 and Constitutional Law: Romania
MIDDLE EAST
OCEANIA
Bateman, Selena and Adrienne Stone, ‘Australia – COVID-19 and Constitutional Law

Siegel, Dina, Aleksandras Dobryninas and Stefano Becucci (eds), Covid-19, Society and Crime in Europe (Springer, 2022)
Link to book page on publisher website
Book summary: This volume analyzes the development of the reactions to Covid-19 by governments, the public and the crime patterns in 16 European countries. All countries are members of the European Union and share common European norms and values, but the Covid-19 pandemic can serve as an example of how these norms and values are interpreted differently with regard to people’s trust in public institutions, governmental control strategies, dealing with fear, anxiety and other emotional responses to the new virus, crime patterns and law enforcement priorities to prevent and combat them. The volume provides empirical data based on available statistics, media analysis and qualitative data from interviews and observations, and examines the similarities and differences in crime patterns and the consequences for local communities and law enforcement priorities.

Stojanović, Aleksandar, Luisa Scarcella and Christina R Mosalagae (eds), The First 100 Days of Covid-19: Law and Political Economy of the Global Policy Response (Springer Nature, 2023)
Link to book page on publisher website
Book summary: This book provides a novel in-depth study of the early pandemic response policy at the intersection of political economy and law. It explores: (1) whether the responses to COVID-19 were democratically accountable; (2) the ways in which new surveillance and enforcement techniques were adopted; (3) the new monetary and fiscal policies which were implemented; (4) the ways in which employed and unemployed persons were differently impacted by the new policies; and (5) how companies were economically sustained through the pandemic. A compelling look at what happens to societies when disaster strikes, this book will be of interest to legal scholars, political scientists and economists.
Contents:
  • Aleksandar Stojanović, Luisa Scarcella and Christina R. Mosalagae, ‘Global Covid-19 Policy Response Between Law and Political Economy’ 1-13
  • Aleksandar Stojanović et al, ‘Law and Political Economy of China’s Early Pandemic Response: Limited Economic Support and Insulation’ 15-54
  • Vincent Jerald Ramos et al, ‘Are Militarized Lockdowns the Great Equalizer? Evidence from the Philippines’ 55-85
  • Apilang Apum et al, ‘First 100 Days of COVID-19 Firefighting: Hits and Misses of the Policy in India’ 87-119
  • Elisa Gibellino and Federica Cristani, ‘First 100 Days of Italian COVID-19 Policy: A New Image for Democracy, Security, Education, and the Economy in Italy’ 121-144
  • Ádám Kerényi and Weichen Wang, ‘First 100 Days of Hungarian COVID-19 Policies’ 145-171
  • Michael W. Müller et al, ‘Purchasing Time: The First 100 Days of German COVID-19 Policy’ 173-205
  • Arletta Gorecka, ‘COVID-19 Crisis in the United Kingdom: The First 100 Days of the Unknown’ 207-234
  • Osatohanmwen Anastasia Eruaga, Abigail Osiki and Itoro Ubi-Abai, ‘Nigeria’s Political, Economic, and Social Dynamics in a Pandemic Era’ 235-272
  • Muriuki Muriungi and Naomi Musau, ‘Inequality Dimensions of Kenya’s Responses to COVID-19’ 273-294
  • Zita M. Hansungule et al, ‘Reinforcing Inequality: First 100 Days of South African COVID-19 Policy’ 295-339
  • Christopher Pomwene Shafuda, ‘A Bumpy and Gloomy Road Ahead: An Analysis of Covid-19 Response in Namibia’ 341-372
  • Zvikomborero Chadambuka, ‘The Informal Economy and the First 100 days of the Pandemic Policy in Zimbabwe’ 373-397
  • Tiago Couto Porto et al, ‘First 100 days of Brazilian COVID-19 Policy’ 399-428
  • Javiera Rojas et al, ‘The Deepening of an Economic and Political Crisis: The First 100 Days of COVID-19 in Chile’ 429-462
  • Aleksandar Stojanović, Lauren Sweger-Hollingsworth and Dashiell Anderson, ‘Reinforcement of Economic Inequality and Extra Economic Power: Law and Political Economy of the US Pandemic Policy Response’ 463-506

Stychin, Carl F (ed), Law, Humanities and the COVID Crisis (University of London Press, 2023) [OPEN ACCESS BOOK]
Book summary: While there has been an abundance of scientific works on the COVID-19 crisis, there has been relatively little research to date from the humanities. This striking new book seeks to address the immediacy of COVID-19 by focusing on the implications of the virus in a wider interdisciplinary context – through the lens of the law, history, ethics, technology, economics and gender studies. From Europe to South America, Asia and beyond, Law, Humanities and the COVID Crisis sets out a framework for understanding the COVID-19 virus beyond its epidemiological constraints, asking us to question the very definition of what it means to be human. Researchers from around the world offer their critical reflections on the past, present, and future of this period of sociocultural upheaval and the tremendous suffering that has laid bare fundamental imbalances in our society. Featuring essays on public welfare versus private interest, violence against women, mask compliance, conspiracy theories and national security laws, this book is a significant contribution to understanding our new ‘post-COVID’ landscape, and the future yet to come.
Contents:
  • Dimitrios Kivotidis, ‘Public interest or social need? Reflections on the pandemic, technology and the law’ 13
  • David Seymour, ‘COVID, commodification and conspiracism’ 37
  • Marc Trabsky, ‘Counting the dead during a pandemic’ 57
  • Mark De Vitis and David J. Carter, ‘The law and the limits of the dressed body: masking regulation and the 1918–19 influenza pandemic in Australia’ 75
  • David Gurnham, ‘Walls and bridges: framing lockdown through metaphors of imprisonment and fantasies of escape’ 109
  • Harison Citrawan and Sabrina Nadilla, ‘Penal response and biopolitics in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic: an Indonesian experience’ 135
  • Renisa Mawani and Mikki Stelder, ‘The pandemic and two ships’ 159
  • Kim Barker and Olga Jurasz, ‘Women, violence and protest in times of COVID-19’ 183
  • Nicole Busby and Grace James, ‘COVID-19 and the legal regulation of working families’ 207
  • Jill Marshall, ‘Law, everyday spaces and objects, and being human’ 231
  • Valerio Nitrato Izzo, ‘Pandemic, humanities and the legal imagination of the disaster’ 251
  • Frederic R. Kellogg, George Browne Rego and Pedro Spíndola B. Alves, ‘Prospects for recovery in Brazil: Deweyan democracy, the legacy of Fernando Cardoso and the obstruction of Jair Bolsonaro’ 271

Trakic, Adnan (ed), Covid-19 and Business Law (De Gruyter, 2021)
Book Summary: The COVID-19 pandemic has had extraordinary effects on human lives and economies around the world. Many countries have introduced various measures to stop the spread of the virus and preserve human lives and livelihoods. Some commentators have considered these measures extreme, such as the restrictions imposed on people’s movement and lockdown of countries’ borders. While these measures have undoubtedly saved lives and curbed the spread of the deadly virus, they have also produced some unintended legal implications for individuals and businesses, particularly in the areas of contractual obligations, employment relationships, tourism and hospitality, company law, competition law, human rights and the rule of law, protection of vulnerable groups like migrant workers, and access to judicial and legal services. COVID-19 and Business Law: Legal Implications of a Global Pandemic identifies and discusses specific legal challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in these areas and suggests possible ways in which they could be remedied.

Triandafyllidou, Anna, (ed), Migration and Pandemics: Spaces of Solidarity and Spaces of Exception (Springer, 2022) [OPEN ACCESS E-BOOK]
Book summary: This book describes the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on migrants, citizens and policy makers, looks at city, national, and regional or international level of managing migration during COVID-19, and provides an intersectional perspective including ethnicity, gender and race.
Note: The individual chapters in this book are listed in this bibliography.in either Refugee & Asylum Seeker / Immigration Law, or Labour Law.

Wagner, Adam, Emergency State: How We Lost Our Freedoms in the Pandemic and Why It Matters (Penguin, 2022)
Link to book page on publisher website
Book summary: This book tells the startling story of the state of emergency that brought about an Emergency State. A wake-up call from one of the UK’s leading human rights barristers, Emergency State shows us why we must never take our rights for granted.

Weaver, Russell L and Herwig CH Hofmann, Digitalisation of Administrative Law and the Pandemic-Reaction (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2022)
Link to book page on publisher website
Book summary: This book brings together prominent administrative law scholars to discuss current administrative issues. It addresses how administrative law has adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic and how to develop emergency responses in future cases. The book also considers the digitization and electronification of administrative law; a topic that gained increasing importance during the pandemic and will increasingly shape public law in the future.

Witt, John Fabian, American Contagions: Epidemics and the Law from Smallpox to COVID-19 (Yale University Press, 2020)
Summary: From yellow fever to smallpox to polio to AIDS to COVID-19, epidemics have prompted Americans to make choices and answer questions about their basic values and their laws. In five concise chapters, historian John Fabian Witt traces the legal history of epidemics, showing how infectious disease has both shaped, and been shaped by, the law. Arguing that throughout American history legal approaches to public health have been liberal for some communities and authoritarian for others, Witt shows us how history’s answers to the major questions brought up by previous epidemics help shape our answers today: What is the relationship between individual liberty and the common good? What is the role of the federal government, and what is the role of the states? Will long-standing traditions of government and law give way to the social imperatives of an epidemic? Will we let the inequities of our mixed tradition continue?

Zimmermann, Augusto and Joshua Forrester (eds) Fundamental Rights in the Age of COVID-19 (Connorcourt Publishing, 2020)
Contents:
1. Introduction – Fundamental Rights in the Age of Covid-19 -- Augusto Zimmermann & Joshua Forrester
2. Reflecting upon the Costs of Lockdown -- Rex Ahdar
3. Politicians, the Press and “Skin in the Game” -- James Allan
4. An Analysis of Victoria’s Public Health Emergency Laws -- Morgan Begg
5. Only the Australian People Can Clean up the Mess: A Call for People’s Constitutional Review -- David Flint AM
6. Covid-19, Border Restrictions and Section 92 of the Australian Constitution -- Anthony Gray
7. Blurred Lines Between Freedom of Religion and Protection of Public Health in Covid-19 Era – Italy and Poland in Comparative Perspective -- Weronika Kudla & Grzegorz Jan Blicharz
8. The Dictatorship of the Health Bureaucracy: Governments Must Stop Telling Us What Is for Our Own Good -- Rocco Loiacono
9. The Role of the State in the Protection of Public Health: The Covid-19 Pandemic -- Gabriël A. Moens
10. Corona, Culture, Caesar and Christ -- Bill Muehlenberg
11. The Age of Covid-19: Protecting Rights Matter -- Monika Nagel
12. Molinism, Covid-19 and Human Responsibility -- Johnny M. Sakr
13. Interposition: Magistrates as Shields against Tyranny -- Steven Alan Samson
14. Destroying Liberty: Government by Decree -- William Wagner
15. The Virus of Governmental Oppression: How the Australian Ruling Elites are Jeopardising both Democracy and our Health -- Augusto Zimmermann

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