IALS/WFD Digital Conference: Are emergency measures in response to COVID-19 a threat to democracy? Fact and Fiction.

IALS/WFD Digital Conference: Are emergency measures in response to COVID-19 a threat to democracy? Fact and Fiction.
Date
10 Sep 2020, 09:00 to 10 Sep 2020, 17:00
Venue
Online Conference (Zoom)
Description

    

Online Event 

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, over 100 countries have passed emergency laws or declared states of emergency. The restrictive measures have been accompanied by a worrying narrative about the negative impact of these measures on democratic processes and human rights.
The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS) and Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) are co-organizing a digital conference concentrating on the nature of emergency legislation adopted in various countries in response to the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. The digital conference will be based on the presentation of new research findings. The aim is to amass enough information so that we can begin to tackle this narrative on the basis of factual information rather than assumptions.

Key questions / discussion points:
Procedures for the adoption of emergency measures by parliaments and executives
Fast-tracking of legislation by parliaments and executives
Content, timespan and proportionality of emergency measures
Drafting aspects of emergency legislation or legislation used for emergency situations
Areas of expansion of authority of the executive and what safeguards are put in place
Impact of national emergency legislation on the rule of law, human rights, privacy rights, etc.
Monitoring and evaluation of impact (post-legislative scrutiny) of emergency legislation or legislation used for emergency situations
Sectoral, national or comparative case studies 
Mechanisms to review, amend, limit, or reverse emergency legislation and emergency powers, including review and sunset clauses. 

Speakers: TBC

This event is organised as a collaboration between the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies and the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD.


This conference is free but advance booking is required. 

Please note the link to join the meeting will be sent out closer to the event date.





Contact

IALS Events Office
ials.events@sas.ac.uk
020 7862 5800