Pacific Legal Foundation’s Center for the Separation of Powers and New York University School of Law’s Journal of Law & Liberty seek papers for a symposium on “Responding to Emergency: A Blueprint for Liberty in a Time of Crisis,” to be held in February of 2022 at the NYU Law campus in New York City.
The COVID-19 pandemic prompted varied responses from legislative bodies and executive branch actors at every level of government, all of which has affected almost every aspect of American society. At the federal level, Congress set policy through legislation on diverse matters ranging from employment and federal housing issues to various economic relief packages. In 2020, the Trump administration took a relatively laissez-faire approach, compared to its executive branch counterparts at the state level. Notably, governors throughout most of the country took unprecedented actions aimed at slowing the spread of the disease, with many continuing to exercise “emergency powers” into 2021—generally without complying with the constitutional and procedural requirements applicable for executive branch action in ordinary times.
Debates about the nature and scope of emergency powers arose almost immediately and continue in the nation’s courtrooms and legislative chambers, and the importance of that debate goes well beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. Politicians and policy activists are increasingly citing recent experiences to argue for the exercise of emergency power to address other claimed emergencies, such as climate change, systemic racism, opioid abuse, border violations, and gun violence. To learn more, read the call for papers.
For questions regarding the call for papers, please contact Elizabeth Slattery at ESlattery@pacificlegal.org.