Perspectives for Post-COVID 19 and Sustainable Development: A Law and Development Discourse

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The COVID-19 pandemic has affected nearly all aspects of human lives, healthcare, the economy, and the environment all over the globe. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the pandemic ‘…has exposed persistent inequalities by income age, race, sex, and geographic location (World Health Organisation, 2021).
The periods of lockdowns and the challenges faced highlighted the need for the protection of specific people groups including LGBTI, the elderly, persons from minority communities and persons with disabilities. COVID 19 has placed undue pressure on healthcare services around the world. There have been reports that the numbers of confirmed cases and deaths were vastly underestimated especially during the first and second waves of the pandemic. There were challenges with tests and tracing as well as with the enforcement of lockdown in some parts of the world, especially in countries in the Global South where adequate relief was not provided for citizens who were being mandated to remain in lockdown from March to May 2020. The lockdown in some parts of the world brought significant hardships with the closure of businesses such as restaurants and the ban on international travel.
With less than eight years to the 2030 target for the United Nations (U) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), there is a need to play catch up given the pandemic has set the entire globe backwards. The Workshop aims to propose strategies for global recovery post-COVID 19 as the world works toward attaining Agenda 2030. The workshop will consider what role law and legal frameworks can play toward global recovery, especially in law and economic development, law and technology, law and the environment, intellectual property law, and human rights law. Speakers are drawn from different global contexts that have engaged in discussions in this area of law and practice. The focus will be to suggest proposals to policymakers on ways to approach the recovery process.
At the conclusion of the workshop, the plan is to produce an edited volume/book with contributions from the participants at the workshop. The organisers are in discussions with potential commissioning editors. The call for papers was published to a wide audience using the website of the Society of Legal Scholars, University of Roehampton, Nottingham Trent University, Afronomics Blog and social media. The organisers intend to use the workshop to create a forum to network with other academics and practitioners and foster a community of colleagues interested in the intersection between law and economic development.
Law and development are areas that are gaining considerable attention in universities around the world. With the need to steer research towards the development of communities, the organisers consider that the workshop would contribute to that regard. The workshop will create a forum to address current global challenges.
Effective start/end date15/08/22 → …