Doing Comparative Constitutional Law in Pandemics: Insights from Lex-Atlas: Covid-19
The Lex-Atlas:Covid-19 (LAC19) project includes approximately 60 country teams collaborating on the Oxford Compendium of National Legal Responses to Covid-19, as well as the LAC19 website and associated outputs. The project is comparative constitutional and public health law in motion, providing unique insight into how to compare what is occurring in multiple nations as it is happening, as well as doing it at speed to keep the pace with a moving target. This panel will discuss how the project was conceived and how its methodology was chosen for having all reports speak a common language. Issues such as country-selection, finding rapporteurs, aspiring to neutrality in reporting, grasping on-the-ground facts in authoritarian settings with constrained information, and incorporating the gender dimension, are some examples of overarching challenges in project design. The discussion will lead to broader reflexions on how to conduct comparative constitutional law in emergency settings.