Vulnerable: The Law, Policy and Ethics of COVID-19
Vulnerable: The Law, Policy and Ethics of COVID-19, edited by Colleen M. Flood, Vanessa MacDonnell, Jane Philpott, Sophie Thériault and Sridhar Venkatapuram has just been published by the University of Ottawa Press. Download the whole book for free here. It is remarkable to see this peer-reviewed collection in print less than three months after contributors were first contacted.
Here is the abstract:
The novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which causes the disease known as COVID-19, has infected people in 212 countries so far and on every continent except Antarctica.
Vast changes to our home lives, social interactions, government functioning and relations between countries have swept the world in a few months and are difficult to hold in one’s mind at one time. That is why a collaborative effort such as this edited, multidisciplinary collection is needed. This book confronts the vulnerabilities and interconnectedness made visible by the pandemic and its consequences, along with the legal, ethical and policy responses. These include vulnerabilities for people who have been harmed or will be harmed by the virus directly and those harmed by measures taken to slow its relentless march; vulnerabilities exposed in our institutions, governance and legal structures; and vulnerabilities in other countries and at the global level where persistent injustices harm us all.
Hopefully, COVID-19 will forces us to deeply reflect on how we govern and our policy priorities; to focus preparedness, precaution, and recovery to include all, not just some.
I have a chapter on the limits of judicial review of governmental responses to the pandemic and there are many other pieces which administrative law aficionados will find very interesting. Here is the table of contents:
Overview of COVID-19: Old and New Vulnerabilities
Colleen M. Flood, Vanessa MacDonnell, Jane Philpott, Sophie Thériault and Sridhar Venkatapuram
SECTION A: WHO DOES WHAT?
CHALLENGES AND DEMANDS OF CANADIAN FEDERALISM
Have the Post-SARS Reforms Prepared Us for COVID-19? Mapping the Institutional Landscape
Katherine Fierlbeck and Lorian Hardcastle
COVID-19 and First Nations’ Responses
Aimée Craft, Deborah McGregor, and Jeffery Hewitt
Réflexions sur la mise en œuvre de la Loi sur la santé publique au Québec dans le contexte de la pandémie de COVID-19
La COVID-19 au Canada : le fédéralisme coopératif à pied d’œuvre
Pandemic Data Sharing: How the Canadian Constitution Has Turned into a Suicide Pact
Amir Attaran and Adam R. Houston
The Federal Emergencies Act: A Hollow Promise in the Face of COVID-19?
Colleen M. Flood and Bryan Thomas
Resisting the Siren’s Call: Emergency Powers, Federalism, and Public Policy
Municipal Power and Democratic Legitimacy in the Time of COVID-19
SECTION B: MAKING SURE SOMEONE IS ACCOUNTABLE:
PUBLIC AND PRIVATE RESPONSIBILITIES
Ensuring Executive and Legislative Accountability in a Pandemic
Good Governance: Institutions, Processes, and People
The Duty to Govern and the Rule of Law in an Emergency
Does Debunking Work? Correcting COVID-19 Misinformation on Social Media
The Media Paradox and the COVID-19 Pandemic
Governmental Power and COVID-19:
The Limits of Judicial Review
Liability of the Crown in Times of Pandemic
Balancing Risk and Reward in the Time of COVID-19:
Bridging the Gap Between Public Interest and the “Best Interests of the Corporation”
Jennifer A. Quaid
SECTION C: CIVIL LIBERTIES VS. IDEAS OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Civil Liberties vs. Public Health
Colleen M. Flood, Bryan Thomas, and Dr. Kumanan Wilson
Privacy, Ethics, and Contact-Tracing Apps
Teresa Scassa, Jason Millar, and Kelly Bronson
Should Immunity Licences be an Ingredient in our Policy Response to COVID-19?
Daniel Weinstock and Vardit Ravitsky
The Punitive Impact of Physical Distancing Laws on Homeless People
The Right of Citizens Abroad to Return During a Pandemic
Yves Le Bouthillier and Delphine Nakache
SECTION D: EQUITY AND COVID-19
How Should We Allocate Health and Social Resources During a Pandemic?
COVID-19 et âgisme : crise annoncée dans les centres de soins de longue durée et réponse improvisée ?
Martine Lagacé, Linda Garcia et Louise Bélanger-Hardy
Fault Lines: COVID-19, the Charter, and Long-term Care
The Front line Defence: Housing and Human Rights in the Time of COVID-19
Leilani Farha and Kaitlin Schwan
COVID-19 in Canadian Prisons: Policies, Practices and Concerns
Systemic Discrimination in Government Services and Programs and Its Impact on First Nations Peoples During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Anne Levesque and Sophie Thériault
Preventing the Spread of Anti-Asian Racism:
Including Critical Race Analysis in a Pandemic Plan
Jamie Chai Yun Liew
Migrant Health in a Time of Pandemic:
Fallacies of Us-Versus-Them
Y.Y. Brandon Chen
Not All in This Together: Disability Rights and COVID-19
Tess Sheldon and Ravi Malhotra
Weighing Public Health and Mental Health Responses to Non-Compliance with Public Health Directives in the Context of Mental Illness
Jennifer A. Chandler, Yasmin Khaliq, Mona Gupta, Kwame McKenzie, Simon Hatcher, and Olivia Lee
SECTION E: THIS JOB IS GONNA KILL ME:
WORKING AND COVID-19
Privatization and COVID-19: A Deadly Combination for Nursing Homes
Pat Armstrong, Hugh Armstrong, and Ivy Bourgeault
A View from the Front Lines of a COVID-19 Outbreak
Occupational Health and Safety and COVID-19:
Whose Rights Come First in a Pandemic?
Risking It All: Providing Patient Care and Whistleblowing During a Pandemic
Vanessa Gruben and Louise Bélanger-Hardy
Worked to the Bone: COVID-19, the Agrifood Labour Force, and the Need for More Compassionate Post-Pandemic Food Systems
Sarah Berger Richardson
SECTION F: GLOBAL HEALTH AND GOVERNANCE
“Flattening the Curve” Through COVID-19 Contagion Containment
Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram
The Plausibility and Resolvability of Legal Claims Against China and WHO under the International Health Regulations (2005)
Sam Halabi and Kumanan Wilson
COVID-19 and Africa: Does “One Size Fit All” in Public Health Intervention?
Border Closures: A Pandemic of Symbolic Acts in the Time of COVID-19
Steven J. Hoffman and Patrick Fafard
COVID-19 and Accountable Artificial Intelligence in a Global Context
Céline Castets-Renard and Eleonore Fournier-Tombs
International Trade, Intellectual Property, and Innovation Policy:
Lessons from a Pandemic
Jeremy de Beer and E. Richard Gold
COVID-19 Vaccines as Global Public Goods
Jason W. Nickerson and Matthew Herder
This content has been updated on July 16, 2020 at 15:04.