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Collateral damage: relaxing environmental and labour standards during the pandemic


Sukdeo, VH and Richardson, BJ, Collateral damage: relaxing environmental and labour standards during the pandemic, coronajournal, May pp. 1-4. (2020) [Non Refereed Article]

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In the name of "saving the economy", the pandemic emergency has given governments unprecedented leverage to relax environmental protections as well as labour standards perceived as hindering the survival of business or revival of economic activity. The notion that emergencies give rise to exceptions to the rule of law is uncontroversial, as scholars have acknowledged for years, and as seen in recent decades in the "war of terror" for instance. Whilst in previous emergencies during our era the collateral damage typically hit human rights, the covid-19 plague has had significant economic ramifications as well from travel bans to lockdowns of nonessential businesses.

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Item Type:Non Refereed Article
Keywords:environmental law, labour law, covid-19 pandemic, emergency
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Environmental and resources law
Research Field:Environmental law
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Justice and the law not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Richardson, BJ (Professor Benjamin Richardson)
ID Code:138894
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Office of the Faculty of Law
Deposited On:2020-05-08
Last Modified:2020-05-11

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