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

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10 September 2020
9am - 5pm UK Time

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

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 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.

Agenda

09.00 – 10.15: Welcome and plenary – COVID-19 – a challenge to democratic systems across continents

10.30 – 12.00: Plenary – Protection of human rights and rule of law

12:15 – 13:30: Break-out groups

  • Principles of scrutiny

  • Scrutiny in practice

14:30 – 15:45: Break-out groups

  • Operating between democratic fragility and special powers

  • Between democratic oversight and democratic backsliding

16:00 – 17:00: Plenary – A global perspective and evaluation

Download the full agenda

Read the paper abstracts

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

The conference is free but advanced booking is required.


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  • Who:
    WFD UK
  • When:
    10 September 2020
    9am - 5pm UK Time
  • Where
    Online
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