CLTS Faculty contributes to “Vulnerable: The Law, Policy and Ethics of COVID-19”

Posted on Friday, July 17, 2020

The Centre for Law, Technology and Society is delighted to announce the release of Vulnerable: The Law, Policy and Ethics of COVID-19, a new book edited by Collen M. Flood, Vanessa MacDonnell, Jane Philpott, Sophie Thériault and Sridhar Venkatapuram, that examines policy and legal responses to the pandemic and to which many of our Faculty members contributed.


This book confronts the vulnerabilities and interconnectedness exposed by the pandemic, along with our legal and policy responses. These include vulnerabilities of people harmed by the virus directly as well harm by measures we have taken to slow it down. Some of these vulnerabilities within our institutions, governance and legal structures, our countries and at the global level, where persistent injustices often come to harm us all.

This book has 43 short chapters grouped into six sections: federalism, accountability, civil liberties, equity, labour, and global health. Several CLTS Faculty members have contributed to the book in the following chapters:


Chapter A-6. The Federal Emergencies Act: A Hollow promise in the Face of COVID-19?
by Colleen M. Flood and Bryan Thomas

Chapter B-6. Governmental Power and COVID-19: The limits of Judicial Review
by Paul Daly

Chapter C-1. Civil Liberties vs. Public Health
by Colleen M. Flood, Bryan Thomas and Kumanan Wilson

Chapter C-2. Privacy, Ethics, and Contact Tracing Apps
by Teresa Scassa, Jason Millar and Kelly Bronson

Chapter D-10. Weighing Public Health and Mental Health Responses to Non-Compliance with Public Health Directives in the Context of Mental Illness
by Jennifer A. Chandler, Yasmin Khaliq, Mona Gupta, KwameMcKenzie, Simon Hatcher and Olivia Lee

Chapter F-3. COVID 19 and Africa: Does “One Size Fit All” in Public Health Intervention
by Chidi Oguamanam

Chapter F-5. COVID-19 and Accountable Artificial Intelligence in a Global Context
by Céline Castets-Renard and Eleonore Fournier-Tombs

Chapter F-6. International Trade, Intellectual Property and Innovation Policy: Lessons from a Pandemic
by Jeremy De Beer and E. Richard Gold


The full book is available free via open access and for sale via print through the University of Ottawa Press.


Congratulations to Dr. Flood and all CLTS Faculty members for this timely contribution!

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