Taiwan's effective pandemic control and dialogic constitutionalism

Taiwan is one of very few countries that may successfully control the Covid-19 pandemic and maintain the rule of law and democracy. This paper reviews Taiwan's experience on covid-19 and inquiries into the dynamics between the pandemic, law, and constitutionalism. This paper suggests that, the 2003 SARS experience had facilitated Taiwan to establish a comprehensive and flexible legal framework to combat emergent pandemic. In addition, Taiwan's well-established Healthcare system, technology, as well as a vibrant civil society enhance its its capacity to enforce the law and to mobilize collective action against the pandemic. Although the control from legislative and judicial branches seemed weak, the transparent and communicative process of decision-making and criticisms from the civil society initiated an ongoing constitutional dialogue between the civil society and the constitutional institutions that may bound executive powers and correct wrong policies.