The COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges to federal and non-federal states: a constitutional comparative study
The last year has testified the challenges federal and non-federal states faced to respond effectively to the COVID-19 pandemic. The history of some states suggests that the federal government will centralize in times of crisis. From a comparative perspective it is possible to identify similarities and differences in consistently implementing measures in response to this exceptional situation. Scholars have been studying if and how the centralization of the crisis management is constitutional in some countries. The panelists will discuss this topic starting from the research coordinated by Marie-Christine Fuchs (Konrad-Adenauer Foundation) and Esteban Nader (National University of Tucumán) “Covid-19 and States in action: A constitutional compared study between federal and non-federal states“. After analizing the cases of Germany, Italy, Argentina, Brazil and United States a final discussant will stress the role of constitutional and supreme courts in that countries.