To grapple with the underlying link between democratic unbalanced performance and dire anti-pandemic policies, two central issues deserve our utmost attention. On the one hand, it is important to strike a clear-cut distinction between ‘emergency’ and ‘exception’. In terms of analytical accuracy, conflating or misrepresenting both ideas has usually ended up jeopardizing people’s rights and freedoms. On the other hand, it is important to analyse how a flawed constitutional design and/or some decadent civic practices have undermined efficient responses, not to mention timely controls during an emergency. When unfettered executive leadership (as happens with consolidated “hyper-presidential” systems) takes place under extraordinary pandemic circumstances, ‘democratic backsliding’ looks like an inevitable self-fulfilling prophecy.
We look forward to welcoming you on July 3-5, 2023 for our Annual Conference entitled "Islands and Ocean: Public Law in a Plural World." The conference will take place at the Victoria University of Wellington, in New Zealand. We will be announcing more details about the conference soon, including financial support to early career and global south scholars!