Publication Date: 
Tuesday, August 18, 2020

This report offers policy recommendations on 35 wide-ranging topics from 50 national experts, from pandemic preparedness and health care to conducting sound elections and adapting immigration policy. Designed to advise leaders at the federal, state and local level, the report presents a timely examination of policy challenges and opportunities in light of the pandemic.

The report provides critical legal analysis and recommendations, rooted in empirical evidence and expert assessment. Each author discusses how the law has been used, misused or under-used in the response to COVID-19. The report addresses not only legal doctrine, but also matters of implementation, including both strategies and resources for policymakers. As the impact of the pandemic and government responses continue to unfold, the report raises important questions about the efficacy of efforts to contain COVID-19 and to maintain human and civil rights, equity and ethics ‒ while offering innovative and research-driven policy solutions.

This report is produced by Temple Center for Public Health Law ResearchCenter for Health Policy and Law, Northeastern University School of Law, Public Health Law WatchWayne State UniversityIndiana UniversityThe Network for Public Health Law; and ChangeLab Solutions.

This work is sponsored by the American Public Health Association, the de Beaumont Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Access all COVID-19 Response resources.

Burris, S., de Guia, S., Gable, L., Levin, D.E., Parmet, W.E., Terry, N.P. (Eds.) (2020). Assessing Legal Responses to COVID-19. Boston: Public Health Law Watch