Legislating Corona: Proportionality, Non-Discrimination and Transparency (PRONTO)
PRONTO seeks to contribute to Danish and European legal responses to COVID-19 by mapping and evaluating legislation, while making rapid recommendations for legislative amendments. The project will zero in on restrictions on movement and surveillance measures adopted in Denmark, Sweden, Ireland and the United Kingdom.
- What legal measures have European states taken to limit movement and surveil citizens to mitigate the spread of COVID-19?
The project will map COVID-related restrictions in 27 EU Member States + Britain, with a focus on measures that limit individual liberty and mandate government surveillance.
The following limitations on movement will be compared: COVID-related border restrictions, the requirement of quarantine or self isolation, restrictions on internal movement, restrictions on outdoor gatherings, visiting persons in institutional care, and whether breaching these restrictions is underwritten by criminal sanction.
Furthermore, the project will map government backed efforts to monitor residents’ movements through mobile apps.
- To what extent are a selection of measures compatible with proportionality, transparency and non-discrimination?
A selection of measures will be evaluated for compliance with human rights, EU privacy law and international health law. The project focuses on Denmark, Sweden, Ireland and the United Kingdom – countries linked by a fluid border that are now adopting disparate measures.
Measures adopted in these case study countries will be evaluated with focus on the principles of proportionality, transparency and non-discrimination.
This page presents the law in force at the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic (the date of the highest number of daily cases in each country according to Johns Hopkins University as of June 2020). Legal restrictions on free movement are recorded. While not all restrictions are captured, we have sought to present those that go to the core of the right.
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- Ida Gundersby Rognlien, Fattigdom er også rettslige problemer (Rett24, 14 April 2021)
- Katharina Ó Cathaoir, Minks and Movement in Denmark: What’s happening? (Global Health Law Groningen, 10 November 2020)
- Ida Gundersby Rognlien, The concept of freedom in times of the Covid-19 pandemic in Denmark – for whom and from what? (Raoul Wallenberg Institute, 6 October 2020)
- Katharina Ó Cathaoir & Ida Gundersby Rognlien, EAHL Newsletter: Special issue on legal landscape concerning the coronavirus outbreak – part II (European association of health law, June 2020)
- Katharina Ó Cathaoir, COVID-19: Ensuring The Right To Health (Raoul Wallenberg Institute, April 2020)
Legislating Corona: Proportionality, Non-Discrimination and Transparency (PRONTO) has received a one year funding from Independent Research Fund Denmark.
Project: Legislating Corona: Proportionality, Non-Discrimination and Transparency (PRONTO)
(Grant number: 0213-00025B)
Period: May 2020- 30 April 2021
PI Assistant professor
Katharina Ó Cathaoir
DK-2300 Copenhagen S
Phone: +45 35 32 81 33