From pandemocracy to eco-democracy? – Lessons from the pandemic

The pandemic illustrates the crucial role of science for law and society. The legislator has to rely on scientific findings. Yet, the incorporation of scientific findings in law and at the same time upholding democracy has challenged lawmakers and courts around the globe. If the lawmaker is bound by scientific advice this might restrict people's will. It, thus, challenges democracy. The same holds true for the fight against climate change. In my paper, I will analyze different approaches (developed during the pandemic) to consider scientific findings in law-making, such as e.g. impact assessments or evaluations of laws. I will test whether these approaches might work in the context of climate change. If that proves true, such approaches could help to achieve “eco-democracy”, a democracy aiming at achieving the energy transition.