Democracy after Covid: Challenges in Europe and Beyond
The outbreak of the Covid19 pandemic in 2020 has had a tremendous impact on societies worldwide. This panel explores the democratic impact of this pandemic in Europe and USA from a comparative constitutional law and policy perspective. It tackles cutting-edge topics such as emergency legislation, judicial scrutiny of Covid19 measures and executive decision-making during the Covid crisis. Movereover, the Covid19 pandemic is treated as an international state of emergency that has enabled far reaching restrictions to essential human rights, such as freedom of movement, political rights or freedom of religion. The panel explores each of these pressing topics in this exceptional context and attempts to evaluate different state responses to the pandemic. Have they been reasonable, effective and democratic? Or is the Covid19 pandemic just the beginning of a new era of global democratic backsliding? And if so, how can democracies effectively manage similar crises in the future?