THE DIRECTOR’S SEMINAR SERIES Law And Humanities in a Pandemic: Movement, Security and Lockdown

Video date: 
Tuesday, 8 December, 2020
Video speaker(s): 
Harison Citrawan, Ministry of Law & Human RIghts, Republic of Indonesia
Sabrina Nadilla, Ministry of Law & Human Rights, Republic of Indonesia
David Gurnham, University of Southampton
Marco Wan, University of Hong Kong

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Penal System and Biopolitics in the time of Covid-19 Pandemic: An Indonesian Experience
Harison Citrawan, Ministry of Law & Human RIghts, Republic of Indonesia
Sabrina Nadilla, Ministry of Law & Human Rights, Republic of Indonesia

The global experience in dealing with prisoner’s life during the outset of Covid-19 outbreak depicts an explication of biopolitical practice; a power to organize and produce life of a population. Indonesia’s decision to grant early release and parole to almost forty-thousands prisoners was challenged by public’s receptivity on two crucial issues: fairness of the inmate selection and public security threat. Through the lens of law as biopower, this article suggests that in light of penal populism, the pandemic is pivotal for the discipline and punishment to consider the inclusive nature of democracy, rather than enmeshed in a stigmatized-punitive culture.

Walls and Bridges: Metaphors of Movement and Constraint in Legal Responses to COVID-19
David Gurnham, University of Southampton

With increasing familiarity with COVID-19 and states’ efforts to contain it came a bitter realisation about its uneven impacts, apparently exacerbating social, economic, racial and ethnic inequalities. We can now analyse that realisation and consequent appeals for more sensitivity regarding these inequalities as a significant contact point between the physical, material effects of law and policy on the one hand, and fairness in terms of metaphors of constraint and movement on the other. In this contribution, some particularly controversial examples of this contact are examined in order to reveal and analyse important contiguities between the physical and the figurative.

Security and the Pandemic: A View from Hong Kong
Marco Wan, University of Hong Kong

In the midst of the Covid pandemic, China announced that it would introduce national security laws in Hong Kong. The announcement generated strong, and immediate, international condemnation. The introduction of national security laws by the Chinese authorities is often framed in the Western media as part of a global grand narrative whereby authoritarian governments use the pandemic as a pretext to restrict rights and stifle dissent of their people. In this paper, I argue that the debate about national security in Hong Kong is more complex than that presented in these journalistic accounts. I present a longer-term, contextual analysis of the debate, and examine how it intersects with ideas about identity in the city.

Chair: Professor Carl Stychin, Director of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies

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