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COVID myth-busting: power, rights and the law

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The University of Western Australia - Law Lecture Theatre (LAWS106)

35 Stirling Highway

Crawley, WA 6009

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A collaboration with the UWA Law School and the Australian Association of Constitutional Law

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In an attempt to contain virus spread as well as harmful economic and social impacts, governments around the world have harnessed their powers to impose extraordinary obligations on their citizens. From lockdowns, curfews and travel bans to vaccine passports and tracking and tracing apps, we have become aware of and felt the effects of concentrated executive power every day.

In Australia, the extended use of these exceptional measures have been challenged on constitutional grounds. They have led to heated criticism by civil rights advocates, and a recent series of ‘freedom marches’ across the country. Are our constitutional rights actually being subverted? What alterations to our social fabric are permissible under the law? How much faith can we have in conventional checks and balances?

To shed light on some of the implications of COVID for citizens’ rights and the extent and limits of constitutional and emergency powers of governments, the UWA Public Policy Institute, the UWA Law School, and the Australian Association of Constitutional Law are hosting a public ‘Ask the experts’ panel discussion. During this event, our experts will dissect some of the controversies in this space and participants will have the opportunity to ask their most pressing questions.

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Hear from and ask questions of a range of legal academics and practitioners:

Constitutional law expert Professor Sarah Murray will moderate the discussion. 

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The University of Western Australia - Law Lecture Theatre (LAWS106)

35 Stirling Highway

Crawley, WA 6009

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The UWA Public Policy Institute (UWA PPI) is a bridge between academic research and government, public and business needs, delivering real-world policy impact at state, national and regional levels.

UWA PPI helps to provide solutions to local and regional policy challenges, both current and future. Through our collaboration with UWA academics and research users and practitioners we support a healthy and effective policy-ecosystem in Perth and WA.

Drawing on UWA’s distinct geographical advantage as Australia’s Indian Ocean capital city, and by championing an evidence-based approach to policy-making, we also create fresh opportunities for UWA to collaborate with countries across the region.

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