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Part 3: Global Legislative Responses to Coronavirus

Date: 22 July 2020

Time: 13.00 - 14.30 UK time

Venue: Online

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Webinar Series Details

This event is the third in a series of three webinars

States around the world have struggled to come up with the best legislative response to the coronavirus pandemic. Although each state has taken a different response, common issues have emerged. What is the role of the legislature, the executive and the courts? Are 'normal' laws enough, or is there a need for emergency measures? Are legislative measures within the constitution, or are they stretching it to breaking point? Do we need absolute scientific certainty before taking protective measures, or can we proceed without that evidence? Is the pandemic being used as an excuse to proceed without scrutiny? How best to regulate the emergency and the medical response?

The journal Theory and Practice of Legislation  is publishing a special issue devoted to examining these issues. This webinar is being hosted by the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law in partnership with the journal. The authors of the papers will be presenting their findings at the webinar. The special issue is being edited by Dr Ronan Cormacain of the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, and Dr Ittai Bar-Siman-Tov of Bar-Ilan University. In accordance with the Covid-19 policy of the publishers, all papers published will be made available free of charge online.

Event Convenors

Dr Ronan Cormacain , Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law

Dr Ittai Bar-Siman-Tov, Bar-Ilan University

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Ronan Cormacain, Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law


  • Dr Eric Windholz, Monash University, Centre for Commercial Law and Regulatory Studies. "Governing in a Pandemic: From Parliamentary Democracy to Autocratic Technocracy"
  • Dr Ittai Bar-Siman-Tov, Bar-Ilan University. "Covid-19 Meets Politics: The Novel Coronavirus as a Novel Challenge for Legislatures"
  • Dr James R. Maxeiner, Center for International and Comparative Law, University of Baltimore School of Law. "Covid 19 America: A Government of men not laws"
  •  Győry Csaba and Nyasha Weinberg, Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law. "Emergency Powers in a Hybrid Regime. The Case of Hungary"

CPD Information

This event offers the equivalent of 1.5 CPD hours.


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