March 6, 2020
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm, Eastern Time
Contained? Government Authority During a Health Crisis
On January 31st, Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar declared a national public health emergency in response to the global spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). With the virus having spread and claimed lives in the United States, what legal authorities do federal and state governments have at their disposal to deal with this outbreak? Is a quarantine possible? Are there war-time precedents that the government can rely upon to force private industry to produce medical supplies? And what limitations on government action exist to ensure that civil liberties aren’t infringed and that the health crisis isn’t misused for political reasons?
Michele Goodwin, Chancellor's Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy, University of California Irvine School of Law
Stephen Vladeck, A. Dalton Cross Professor of Law, The University of Texas at Austin School of Law
Debra Perlin, Director of Policy and Program, ACS, Moderator
The American Constitution Society is a State Bar of California approved CLE provider. This event has been approved for 1 hour of California MCLE credit.
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