Taming Chaos. Judges and Courts grappling with the Challenges of the Pandemic (Italian)
Never before have the world‘s democracies simultaneously experienced such a major contraction of civil liberties as during the “new“ coronavirus pandemic. Italy, well-known to be the first European country overwhelmed by Covid-19, found itself in the uncomfortable position of having to experiment with the tools and strategies to tackle it. In the chaos caused by the sudden outbreak of the pandemic, the responses that the Italian legal system gave to deal with the emergency were fragmented and confused and endangered the constitutional order. However, the judiciary has proven to be independent not only from an operational but also from a substantive point of view. The contributions included in this panel will address, each from a different judicial perspective (administrative, criminal and constitutional) the reaction of the Italian judicial system to the restrictions placed by the government on the fundamental freedoms of individuals to face the health crisis.