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Abeyratne, Ruwantissa, Air Transport and Pandemic Law: Legal, Regulatory, Ethical and Economic Issues (Springer, 2021)
  • ‘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
Bennett, Belinda and Ian Freckelton (eds), Pandemics, Public Health Emergencies and Government Powers: Perspectives on Australian Law (Federation Press, 2021)
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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.

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.

Cowan, Dave and Ann Mumford (eds), Pandemic Legalities: Legal Responses to COVID-19 – Justice and Social Responsibility (Bristol University Press, forthcoming June 2021)
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.

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.
  • 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

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]
  • 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

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.

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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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.

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

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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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

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.

Käsehage, Nina (ed), Religious Fundamentalism in the Age of Pandemic (Transcript, 2021)
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)
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.

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.
  • 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
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
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)
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)
Note: this book is not open access. Link to book webpage on publisher website for pricing details.
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.

Murase, Shinya and Suzanne Zhou (eds), Epidemics and International Law (Brill Nijhoff, 2021)
Note: this book is not open access. Link to book webpage on publisher website for pricing details.
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.

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.
  • 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.
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.
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 23 October 2022, the published jurisdictions are:

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.

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 :
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
Shankar, Uday, ‘COVID-19 and the Court in India
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
Bateman, Selena and Adrienne Stone, ‘Australia – COVID-19 and Constitutional Law

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 either Refugee & Asylum Seeker / Immigration Law, or Labour Law.

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)
Note: this book is not open access. Link to book webpage on publisher website
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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