Emergency Law Responses to Covid-19 and the Impact on Peace and Transition Processes

Molloy, Sean (2021) Emergency Law Responses to Covid-19 and the Impact on Peace and Transition Processes. Project Report. International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, Stockholm, Sweden.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.31752/idea.2021.24


The World Health Organization declared the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic on 11 March 2020. This global health crisis demanded a quick, decisive and efficient response by governments to protect lives, curb the spread of the virus and prevent public health systems from being overwhelmed.

This report explores the way governments undergoing transitions to peace and democracy have triggered emergency legal frameworks to disable some ordinary (democratic) procedures and set aside standard political and legal accountability mechanisms as part of their Covid-19 response. It also provides information about where elections have been postponed or cancelled, and central governments have assumed enhanced responsibilities, which have often included powers otherwise designated to local or regional governments. While the impacts of both the pandemic and the responses to the contagion have been felt globally, they often have quite different consequences in countries attempting peace and democratic transition processes.

Item Type: Report (Project Report)
Additional Information: This is an output for the Political Settlement Research Programme (www.politicalsettlements.org) funded by UK Aid from the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) for the benefit of developing countries. The information and views set out in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official opinion of FCDO. Neither FCDO nor any person acting on their behalf may be held responsible for the use which may be made of the information contained therein.
Subjects: B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
M100 Law by area
M200 Law by Topic
M900 Other in Law
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Northumbria Law School
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2021 13:01
Last Modified: 31 May 2021 14:40
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/45830

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