This webinar will focus on the different legislative approaches adopted by Commonwealth member countries to address the COVID-19 pandemic; the effect which the enforcement measures, including emergency legislation, have had on constitutional rights; and the effect of the pandemic on the separation of powers.
The panel will also discuss good practice in enforcing public health legislation while respecting the rule of law.
The discussion will culminate in exploring how Commonwealth member countries should respond to COVID-19 once the pandemic is ‘over’, including what will happen to emergency legislation, and whether loopholes in the legislation could risk abuses of power arising in the future.
Justice Jody Kollapen, Acting Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, and Chairperson of the South African Law Reform Commission
Mr Tushar Mehta, Solicitor General of India
Mr Stephen Twigg, Secretary-General, Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA)
Mr Geoff Lawn, President, Commonwealth Association of Legislative Counsel Parliamentary Counsel (CALC), Parliamentary Counsel’s Office Western Australia
Mr Frank Ally, Attorney General of Seychelles
Ms Maire-Pierre Olivier, Legal Adviser, Legal Policy, Governance and Peace Directorate