Between Comparison and Commensuration, by David Nelken

News of the global advance of the Covid -19 epidemic, as of the varying fortunes of  international and national responses to it, confronts many of us daily (see e.g. here). These accounts of what is happening are in turn based on data generated by national, international and transnational organisations, and illustrated in maps, graphs, tables … Continue reading Between Comparison and Commensuration, by David Nelken

Rethinking the Role of Law and Legal Institutions in Times of Crisis, by Emilie Ghio

1. The research group 1.1 The IRC Team At the end of 2020, academics and industry professionals came together to form a research group looking at the way in which the COVID-19 has created new challenges for transnational civil and commercial law. The project and research group were granted the status of International Research Collaborative … Continue reading Rethinking the Role of Law and Legal Institutions in Times of Crisis, by Emilie Ghio

Coronavirus and the Law in Europe, by Pablo Salvador Coderch, Ignacio Garcia-Perrote Martinez, and Tomas Gabriel Garcia-Mico

By October 2021, the Coronavirus disease has caused more than 200 million infections and more than 5 million deaths all over the world. The reaction of the scientific community, world governments and pharmaceutical laboratories has been doubtless fast. Nevertheless, one of the main lessons learned from this case is the absolute need of designing, developing … Continue reading Coronavirus and the Law in Europe, by Pablo Salvador Coderch, Ignacio Garcia-Perrote Martinez, and Tomas Gabriel Garcia-Mico

Civil Courts Coping with Covid-19, by Bart Krans and Anna Nylund

Impact of the Covid-19 pandemic in civil courts - experiences in 23 countries Reports from 23 countries across the globe The unforeseen Covid-19 pandemic has propelled unprecedented transformations in civil proceedings. Numerous countries across the globe have faced and continue to face the question of how to enable courts to handle civil cases despite restrictions … Continue reading Civil Courts Coping with Covid-19, by Bart Krans and Anna Nylund

Freedom of religion during the pandemic: France and Belgium in search of consistency, by Romain Mertens

Since the Coronavirus pandemic outbreak in 2020, States have adopted stringent measures to curb the virus’s propagation. These measures include limitations of freedom of religion. On request of Governments, churches, mosques and synagogues ceased to hold ceremonies or limited the number of believers allowed. While the judicial procedures raised by the British Government’s guidance were rejected, the … Continue reading Freedom of religion during the pandemic: France and Belgium in search of consistency, by Romain Mertens

Serial Health Risks and Civil Liability: A Comparative Study of French and English Law, by Emmanuelle Lemaire

Abstract Serial health risks are increasing in occurrence and have the capacity to affect large numbers of people living in different countries. Thalidomide, contaminated blood, Diethylstilboestrol (DES), asbestos and Bovine Spongiform Encephalitis (BSE) are among some of the most well-known examples of serial health risks damaging human lives, but the recent Covid-19 outbreak reminds us … Continue reading Serial Health Risks and Civil Liability: A Comparative Study of French and English Law, by Emmanuelle Lemaire

Facing the Covid-19 in France: the renewal of the state of emergency, by Estelle Chambas

The Covid-19 crisis put national legal orders under stress by its new dimension as a pandemic. If some countries had already faced similar health crises in their recent history, this was not the case of France. This can explain why this country enacted hectic measures which, for some of them, were completely contradictory: the Government … Continue reading Facing the Covid-19 in France: the renewal of the state of emergency, by Estelle Chambas

Performing Contracts in COVID-19 Times in England and in France: Different Responses, Same Result?, by Catherine Pedamon and Radosveta Vassileva

Global leaders have compared the economic turmoil caused by the COVID-19 health emergency to the reverberations of World War II (WWII). French President Emmanuel Macron even publicly declared, from the onset of the pandemic, that France was ‘at war’. Unsurprisingly, governments introduced various measures to limit the effects of the pandemic and to provide a … Continue reading Performing Contracts in COVID-19 Times in England and in France: Different Responses, Same Result?, by Catherine Pedamon and Radosveta Vassileva

Covid-19 in comparative perspectives – call for blog pieces – 15 September 2020

The current Covid-19 pandemic is bringing into sharp focus two key questions at the core of comparative law research: first, globalisation and how increasing and intense are our political, social, cultural and economic interactions with countries, public and private organisations and fellow humans across the world; secondly, the distinctiveness of national reactions to this shared … Continue reading Covid-19 in comparative perspectives – call for blog pieces – 15 September 2020