The impact of the pandemic on the legislative process

Within the research project started in 2005 at the NOVA School of Law, Lisbon, – Observatory of Portuguese Legislation – we were collecting data from 1976 (since the approval of Portuguese Constitution) to the present day, referring in particular to the volume of legislative production. This paper aims to analyse if the pandemic had effects on the production of legislation, in its number, but also in its comprehensibility. In fact, portuguese «COVID-19 legislation» had severeal amendments, which exacerbates the difficulty of implementation, as well as legal certainty. Furthermore, this paper analyses which legislator approved more laws during the emergency state, Parliament or Government, and the reasons for that division. Finally, the paper will reflect about the evolution of the legislation since 2020 until now. Had legislative production in Portugal returned to the pré-COVID era?