From anti-terrorism legislation to COVID emergency laws: Can sunset clauses live up to their promise?

Franklin De Vries, Sean Molloy

Research output: Other contributionpeer-review

Abstract

COVID-19 emergency legislation is often fast-tracked, approved without much parliamentary scrutiny, expanding executive powers while limiting individual rights. Can sunset clauses provide a counterbalance by guaranteeing the temporary nature of the COVID-19 emergency legislation? Experience from anti-terrorism legislation suggests that sunset clauses may reinject democratic accountability, but only if there is a high quality and evidence-based review practice.
Original languageEnglish
Media of outputBlog
PublisherUniversity of London
Number of pages7
Place of PublicationLondon
Publication statusPublished - 11 Nov 2020

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