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COVID-19 Law and Human Rights Observatory

About the Observatory

COVID-19 presents an unprecedented public health crisis. New laws were introduced at a rapid pace on the basis of compelling public health and economic concerns. Many of the laws infringe on our most fundamental values, while some impact most harshly on disadvantaged groups.

Universities play a vital role in ensuring that laws are effective but also that rights and fundamental freedoms are protected insofar as possible, even in emergency circumstances.

To address this, the Trinity Centre for Constitutional Governance has joined forces with the Corporate Law, Governance and Capital Markets research group to establish this COVID-19 Law and Human Rights Observatory. The Observatory engages in research across the full range of Ireland’s legal response to COVID-19. We aim both to inform the public and to provoke public debate.

The Observatory’s Blog publishes academic commentary on Ireland’s legal response to COVID-19 as it evolves. Over the next few months, the Observatory will also publish a range of public policy reports that address critical aspects of Ireland’s response to COVID-19.

In the Resources section, we provide an unofficial consolidated version of Ireland’s lockdown regulations, as well as a range of official guidance documents.

The work of the Observatory is supported by the Trinity College Dublin COVID Response Fund.