During the Covid-19 pandemic, numerous countries invoked different constitutional provisions and laws to respond to the unexpected health crisis. Constitutional INSIGHTS No. 6 examines the use and non-use of state of emergency powers by countries across Asia and the Pacific in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and the implications for other democratic rights and processes.
1. What different forms of emergency powers were available and used to address Covid-19?
2. Were there any legal issues of concern regarding the use of states of emergency during the pandemic?
3. What insights for the future can be drawn from these experiences?