The production of legal provisions in period of emergency

It happens that unforeseen circumstances can disturb states’ daily-life and create situations of emergency to which authorities must respond expeditiously.
These situations can be due to several factors. One can think of emergencies caused by natural factors, security concerns or by economic reasons. In order to deal with these unexpected changes and to react as quickly as possible, States often set up specific legislative procedures which deviate from the usual ones. In that respect, it’s not uncommon that the distribution of competence between the Legislative and the Executive Powers and the Judiciary, as it is enacted in the Constitution or other legal texts, is temporarily reshaped.
Our paper addresses these specific procedures and their evolution in recent decades, both in Belgium and in other countries. It could be easily adapted in order to fit into a panel dealing more generally with emergency situations or a similar topic.