Law in the time of COVID-19
The declaration of a COVID-19 pandemic and a national state of emergency allowed Federal, State and Local Governments to exercise extra-ordinary powers: closing down our borders, businesses, parks and beaches and severely restricting the movement of individuals – mandating where we can go and who we can see. Policing and surveillance have been ramped up and there are hefty fines and even prison sentences for those who disobey.
For the most part, Australians have been compliant but what happens once social distancing rules are relaxed? How can we be sure all these restrictions will be wound back? Having given the police and other authorities extra powers, how easy will it be to remove them?
Join UTS Law academics, Professor Thalia Anthony, Dr David Carter and Dr Elyse Methven to look at these questions and explore how COVID-19 has changed in the legal sphere in general and in our criminal justice system.
Law Faculty Dean, Professor Lesley Hitchens will moderate the discussion.