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Bibliography of worldwide COVID-19 legal literature

“University of Melbourne Law School Academic Research Service has compiled a bibliography of worldwide COVID-19 legal literature and made it available on open access on the Melbourne Law School’s website. Please note that:

  • The bibliography predominantly comprises scholarship, but also includes selected professional literature.
  • We are attempting to be exhaustive in our coverage of scholarship written in English (we have not included scholarship written in any other languages).
  • The bibliography on the webpage contains citations only (and indicates jurisdiction if that is not evident from the citation). There is a link to a PDF of the entire bibliography – the PDF is annotated to include abstracts, notes etc.
  • The bibliography is arranged alphabetically by broad legal subject
  • Links are provided for all scholarship available in full text on open access databases.
  • The bibliography is being regularly updated – the next update will be on 1st July and will add approximately 200 articles to what is already a very long list.
  • The explanatory notes at the top of the bibliography list the sources we use to compile the bibliography.
  • Following the scholarship, we have a section (Part B) listing statements and guidelines from selected international and regional institutions, and a section (Part C) on selected websites and blogs regularly publishing COVID-19 legal literature.
  • We hope you find the bibliography useful. Please pass it on to anyone who may be interested, and feel free to plunder for your own purposes. Please do send information about articles etc you are aware of that have not been included – we’re keen to crowdsource!
  • Lastly, for anyone interested in a comprehensive publication on COVID-19 and the law in Australia, I note one resource in particular – it is an open access book written by three Melbourne barristers and is regularly updated: Emrys Nekvapil, Maya Narayan and Stephanie Brenker, COVID-19 and the Law of Australia (2020)

[Via Robin Gardner, MLS Academic Research Service Manager, LLB, Grad Dip Legal Practice, BA, Grad Dip Information Management]

Bringing Greater Precision to the COVID-19 Response

“Fighting the COVID-19 pandemic calls for precision – understanding who is most vulnerable and why, where the disease is spreading fastest, and how interventions like social distancing are working. This website offers a toolkit of large-scale datasets and actionable analysis for government officials, policymakers, and citizens from the national level to the hyper-local. Our data… Continue Reading

MIT Study – Which businesses should be open?

MIT News – “In light of Covid-19, an MIT study looks at tradeoffs between economic value and public health, across different types of retail. Banks and bookstores. Gyms and juice bars. Dental offices and department stores. The Covid-19 crisis has shuttered some kinds of businesses, while others have stayed open. But which places represent the… Continue Reading

Bing Covid-19 Tracker

FastCompany: “As the COVID-19 pandemic spins out of control in the United States, you once again need to keep your eye on it. (Exhausting, we know.) Over here at Fast Company, we have used dozens of trackers since February. The reigning favorite (for this reporter, at least) is the COVID-19 Tracker from Microsoft’s Bing search… Continue Reading

Republicans, Democrats Move Even Further Apart in Coronavirus Concerns

“As the number of coronavirus cases surges in many states across the United States, Republicans and Democrats increasingly view the disease in starkly different ways, from the personal health risks arising from the coronavirus outbreak to their comfort in engaging in everyday activities. These differences extend to opinions about whether a new stimulus package will… Continue Reading

Demographic report on protests shows how much info our phones give away

Buzzfeed: “On the weekend of May 29, thousands of people marched, sang, grieved, and chanted, demanding an end to police brutality and the defunding of police departments in the aftermath of the police killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. They marched en masse in cities like Minneapolis, New York, Los Angeles, and Atlanta, empowered… Continue Reading

New research explores how conservative media misinformation may have intensified the severity of the pandemic

Washington Post – “…The three studies paint a picture of a media ecosystem that entertains conspiracy theories and discourages audiences from taking steps to protect themselves and others.. There are many reasons our response to the pandemic tied to more than 120,000 U.S. deaths has faltered, experts say, including the lack of a cohesive federal… Continue Reading

Federal Workforce: Key Considerations for Agencies Returning Employees to Workplaces during Pandemics

Federal Workforce: Key Considerations for Agencies Returning Employees to Workplaces during Pandemics. GAO-20-650T: Published: Jun 25, 2020. Publicly Released: June 25, 2020.  “We testified about key practices for agencies to consider as their workers re-enter the workplace during the COVID-19 pandemic or telework for sustained periods during this and other emergencies. These include: Communicating continuously… Continue Reading

Trafficking in Persons Report 2020

U.S. Department of State – Trafficking in Persons Report 2020, June 2020: “For 20 years, the Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP Report) has demonstrated the United States’ conviction that human trafficking is a global threat necessitating a global response. Traffickers are denying nearly 25 million people their fundamental right to freedom, forcing them to live… Continue Reading

Knowledge Mismanagement – How the Virus Won

The New York Times – article and infographics – “Invisible outbreaks sprang up everywhere. The United States ignored the warning signs. We analyzed travel patterns, hidden infections and genetic data to show how the epidemic spun out of control…How the First Outbreaks Spread – Top federal health experts concluded by late February that the virus… Continue Reading