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Emergency Powers in a Time of Pandemic

By Alan Greene

Published

1 Oct 2020

Page count

128 pages

ISBN

978-1529215410

Dimensions

203 x 127 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

1 Oct 2020

Page count

128 pages

ISBN

978-1529215427

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press
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    Emergency Powers in a Time of Pandemic

    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.

    "Greene places the chaos and maelstrom of 2020 within the wider literature on rights and the state of exception. And he does so in an accessible book!" Fergal Davis, Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London

    Alan Greene is a senior lecturer in Law at the University of Birmingham. He specialises in the limits of constitutionalism, judicial review and the role of courts in vindicating the rule of law. He is the author of Permanent States of Emergency and the Rule of Law (Hart, 2018), the key text in the field.

    Introduction

    The Pandemic State of Emergency

    Pandemics and Human Rights I: Non-Derogable Rights

    Pandemics and Human Rights II: Derogable Rights

    Pandemics and Democracy

    The End of the Pandemic Emergency

    Conclusion: Breathing Space