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Two Queen’s experts weigh in on confronting COVID

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

(KINGSTON, ONT.)  A new book has just been released that examines the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on civil liberties, global health, federalism, and accountability. The book, titled Vulnerable: The Law, Policy & Ethics of COVID-19, was co-edited by Jane Philpott, Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences at Queen’s University, along with professors Colleen M. Flood, Vanessa MacDonnell, Sophie Theriault, from the University of Ottawa,  and Sridhar Venkatapuram from King’s College London.

The book is an edited, peer-reviewed volume analyzing the COVID-19 pandemic from the standpoint of law, ethics, and public policy. It includes 43 chapters and features over 70 authors, including Queen’s University law professor Gregoire Webber, Canada Research Chair in Public Law and Philosophy of Law.

The collection of essays provides new insights on how countries should govern in a pandemic, and what lessons must be learned to help inform upcoming recovery plans, whether they pertain to public health policy, social equity, or the economy.

Vulnerable: The Law, Policy and Ethics of COVID-19 is available in July both free of charge via open access and in print form through the University of Ottawa Press.

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“COVID-19 is both a public health crisis and an urgent call to action on social justice. With the focus on vulnerability, it is also an opportunity for transformative policy and law reforms.”

Jane Philpott, Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences at Queen’s University

“Even though forecasts for the COVID-19 pandemic range from the medium to long term, there is every reason to resist concluding that extraordinary powers of government are a new normal.”

-Grégoire Webber, Canada Research Chair in Public Law and Philosophy of Law

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