Hybrid Book Launch: Constitutional Resilience and the COVID-19 Pandemic: Perspectives from Sub-Saharan Africa [12 January 2023]

The University of Dayton Human Rights Center, Ohio, the Frances Lewis Law Center Washington and Lee School of Law, Lexington, VA, the Dullah Omar Institute for Constitutional Law, Governance and Human Rights, University of the Western Cape, South Africa in association with the Center for Global Affairs, New York University invite you to a hybrid book launch of Constitutional Resilience and the COVID-19 Pandemic: Perspectives from Sub-Saharan Africa edited by Ebenezer Durojaye and Derek Powell (Palgrave Macmillan, 2022)
  • Hybrid Book Launch: Constitutional Resilience and the COVID-19 Pandemic: Perspectives from Sub-Saharan Africa [12 January 2023]
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  • The University of Dayton Human Rights Center, Ohio, the Frances Lewis Law Center Washington and Lee School of Law, Lexington, VA, the Dullah Omar Institute for Constitutional Law, Governance and Human Rights, University of the Western Cape, South Africa in association with the Center for Global Affairs, New York University invite you to a hybrid book launch of Constitutional Resilience and the COVID-19 Pandemic: Perspectives from Sub-Saharan Africa edited by Ebenezer Durojaye and Derek Powell (Palgrave Macmillan, 2022)
  • When Dec 12, 2022 from 04:30 PM to 05:50 PM (Africa/Johannesburg / UTC200)
  • Where Zoom
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Date: 12 January 2023 

Time: 09:30 - 10:45 AM EST | 16:30 - 17:45 PM SAST | 13:30 - 14:45 PM GMT

Format

  • Hybrid
  • In-person: University of Dayton Human Rights Center, Keller Hall, Dayton, Ohio

Zoom: Register here

 

This book explores the resilience of constitutional government in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, connecting and comparing perspectives from ten countries in sub-Saharan Africa to global trends.

In emergency situations, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, a state has the right and duty under both international law and domestic constitutional law to take appropriate steps to protect the health and security of its population. Emergency regimes may allow for the suspension or limitation of normal constitutional government and even human rights. Those measures are not a license for authoritarian rule, but they must conform to legal standards of necessity, reasonableness, and proportionality that limit state action in ways appropriate to the maintenance of the rule of law in the context of a public health emergency.

Bringing together established and emerging African scholars from ten countries, this book looks at the impact government emergency responses to the pandemic have on the functions of the executive, the legislature, and the judiciary, as well as the protection of human rights. It also considers whether and to what extent government emergency responses were consistent with international human rights law, in particular with the standards of legality, necessity, proportionality, and non-discrimination in the Siracusa Principles. The book will be useful to researchers in constitutional law, academics, students, policy-makers, civil society groups, and international institutions.

 

 

PROGRAMME

Moderator: Dr Aisosa Omoruyi Dullah Omar Institute, University of the Western Cape

Opening Remarks

Shelley Inglis, Executive Director, University of Dayton Human Rights Center

Constitutional Resilience and the Covid-19 Pandemic: A Critical Retrospective

Dr Satang NabanehDirector of Programs, University of Dayton Human Rights Center

Perspectives from selected Sub-Saharan African countries

Josephat KilonzoLecturer, Strathmore University, Nairobi, Kenya

Christopher PhiriDoctoral candidate, University of Turku, Finland

Dr. Joseph AkechSouth Sudanese researcher in constitutional designs, human rights, and transitional justice

Comparative and International law perspectives (editors)

Dr DM PowellSenior Fellow (NR), Center for Global Affairs, New York University

Prof Ebenezer DurojayeDullah Omar Institute, University of the Western Cape/Frances Lewis Law Center Washington and Lee School of Law

Q & A Session

Closure

 
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