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Seton Hall Law

Public Health Law: Public Health Law and COVID-19

A Public Health Approach to COVID-19



This open access book was published on the University of Essex repository on 1 July 2020. Chapters include: The Right to Health, The Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Regulation of the Economy, The Impact on Vulnerable Populations, and  Access to Justice.


This open access book was published by the University of Ottawa Press on 14 July 2020 with a focus on Canada but with wide ranging implications and lessons. Sections include: Making Sure Someone is Accountable: Public and Private Responsibilities, Civil Liberties vs. Ideas of Public Health, and Equity and Covid-19.


This open access e-book contains insights and information by Columbia Law School academics on the most pressing legal issues the pandemic has raised across a wide range of topics from bankruptcy to privacy.


Gostin, Lawrence O and Lindsay F Wiley, ‘Government Public Health Powers in the COVID-19 Pandemic: Stay-at Home Orders, Business Closures, and Travel Restrictions’ (2020) 323(21) Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) 2137-2138

Ip, Eric C, ‘Hong Kong: The Unprecedented Promulgation of Public Health Emergency Regulations Against the COVID-19 Outbreak’ [2020] (July) Public Law 580-582

Porcher, Simon, ‘“Contagion”: The Determinants of Governments’ Public Health Responses to COVID-19 All Around the World’ (SSRN Scholarly Paper ID 3581764, 21 April 2020)

Stern, Shai, ‘Pandemic Takings: Compensating for Public Health Emergency Regulation’ (SSRN Scholarly Paper ID 3632203, 21 June 2020)

Burström, Bo and Wenjing Tao, ‘Social Determinants of Health and Inequalities in COVID-19’ (2020) European Journal of Public Health, Article ckaa095 (advance online article, published 8 July 2020)

Coggon, John and Lawrence O Gostin, ‘Postscript: COVID-19 and the Legal Determinants of Health’ (2020) Public Health Ethics (advance online article, published 25 May) 1-2

Griffith, Richard, ‘Using Public Health Law to Contain the Spread of COVID-19’ (2020) 29(5) British Journal of Nursing 326–327

Rothstein, Mark A, ‘The Coronavirus Pandemic: Public Health and American Values’ (2020) 48(2) Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics 354–359

Cohen, I Glenn, Lawrence O Gostin and Greg Weitzner, ‘Digital Smartphone Tracking for COVID-19: Public Health and Civil Liberties in Tension’ (2020) 323(23) Journal of the American Medical Association 2371-2372