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.

Papers may focus on one or more of the following topics (indicative): 

  • 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 the national emergency legislation on the rule of law, human rights, privacy rights and others
  •  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.

Paper abstracts (between 300 and 400 words, in English) and accompanying documents can be submitted to before 30 June 2020.

The digital conference will take place on 10 September 2020 and be conducted in English.

See the full call for papers here (PDF).