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22 Februar 2021

Power and the COVID-19 Pandemic – Introduction & List of Contributions


One year on how has the COVID-19 pandemic affected the law, and the way states govern? Should we be concerned about the ongoing use of emergency powers? How can we look forward to what lies ahead?

This Symposium brings together experts from over 60 countries to reflect on how legal and political systems have adapted to ongoing challenges presented by the pandemic to democracy, human rights, and the rule of law, and to offer recommendations on the future of good governance.

Convened by Joelle Grogan, the Symposium is hosted by the Verfassungsblog and supported by Democracy Reporting International and the Horizon-2020 RECONNECT project.

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Post-Script to the Symposium 

[May 15, 2021]

The ‘Power and the COVID-19 Pandemic’ Symposium was hosted by the Verfassungsblog, and supported by Democracy Reporting International under the re:constitution program supported by Stiftung Mercator, and the Horizon-2020 RECONNECT project. Over the course of 12 weeks from 22 February to 15 May 2021, the Symposium reported on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on law and legal systems in 64 countries, accompanied by 11 commentaries on transversal themes including human rights, democracy and the rule of law.

The Symposium involved the work of over 100 contributors worldwide, who produced the exceptional analysis despite global pandemic and near-impossible editorial deadlines. Many thanks are also owed to our wonderful host, the Verfassungsblog; as well as to the generous support the teams at Democracy Reporting International; RECONNECT; the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law; and Middlesex University London.

My deepest and personal thanks go to the indefatigable and incomparable Verfassungsblog editorial team who I have again had the joy and privilege to work with: Sinthiou Buszewski, Eva Neumann, and Dennis Kirchhoff.

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