EUROPE | Covid-19: states of emergency and democratic values - New contribution to the debate

On 26 May 2020 five members of the Council of Europe’s Venice Commission have published a new report on the respect for democracy, human rights and the rule of law during states of emergency.

The Commission has previously produced general reports and country-specific opinions on both constitutional provisions and emergency legislation in its member States; a recent compilation of the Commission’s work in this area provided guidance into its specific findings.

The Commission has also launched an observatory of the implementation of declarations of states of emergency and of emergency legislation in its member-states (webpage on the states of emergency).

The report released recently is a further contribution to the reflexion on the topic. It is based on the observation of the current states of emergency and can be applicable mutatis mutandis to any situation of emergency.


Source: Council of Europe, Venice Commission

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