Covid-19 in Asia: China, Japan, Indonesia, and Malaysia in focus
Webinar: Covid-19 in Asia: China, Japan, Indonesia, and Malaysia in focus
A book-related webinar hosted by University of Victoria’s Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives and supported by the Centre for Asian and Pacific Law at the University of Sydney (CAPLUS) and the Australian Network for Japanese Law (ANJeL)
Book description: Covid-19 in Asia – Law and Policy Contexts
This is a book for an extraordinary time, about a pandemic for which there is no modern precedent. It is an edited collection of original essays on Asia’s legal and policy responses to the Covid-19 pandemic, which, in a matter of months, swept around the globe, infecting millions. It transformed daily life in almost every corner of the planet: lockdowns of cities and entire countries, physical distancing and quarantines, travel restrictions and border controls, movement-tracking technology, mandatory closures of all but essential services, economic devastation and mass unemployment, and government assistance programs on record-breaking scales. Yet a pandemic on this scale, under contemporary conditions of globalization, has left governments and their advisors scrambling to improvise solutions, often themselves unprecedented in modern times, such as the initial lockdown of Wuhan.
This collection of essays analyzes law and policy responses across Asia, identifying cross-cutting themes and challenges. It taps the collective knowledge of an interdisciplinary team of sixty-one researchers both in the service of policy development, and with the goal of establishing a scholarly baseline for research after the storm has passed. The collection begins with an epidemiological overview and survey of the law and policy themes. The jurisdiction-specific case studies and cross-cutting thematic essays cover five topics: first wave containment measures; emergency powers; technology, science, and expertise; politics, religion, and governance; and economy, climate, and sustainability.
Oxford University Press, 2020 [use promo code ALAUTHC4 to save 30%]
Helen Lansdowne, Associate Director, Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives, University of Victoria
Contributing authors / presenters
Chapter 2 – China: Community Policing, High-tech Surveillance, and Authoritarian Durability
Feng Xu, Associate Professor, UVic Political Science; CAPI Senior Research Fellow
Chapter 10 – Japan: Keeping the Death Toll to the Minimum
Shigenori Matsui, Professor, Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia; Director, Centre for Asian Legal Studies
Chapter 21 – Indonesia’s Response to the Pandemic: Too Little, Too Late?
Nadirsyah Hosen, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, Monash University, Australia
Chapter 22 – Malaysia: Improvised Pandemic Policies and Democratic Regression
Amzil Tayeb, Senior Lecturer, School of Social Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia
Discussants from the University of Sydney
- Simon Butt, Professor, The University of Sydney Law School; Director, Centre for Asian and Pacific Law
- Jeanne Huang, Associate Professor, The University of Sydney Law School; Deputy Director, Centre for Asian and Pacific Law
- Luke Nottage, Professor, The University of Sydney Law School; Co-Director, Australian Network for Japanese Law
Webinar via Zoom, May 28, 2021 at 12:00 noon AEDT
CPD Points: 1.5