Final Workshop Programme Published: States of Emergency and COVID-19 in the MENA Region

Final Programme: Expert Workshop on the State of Emergency and COVID-19 in the MENA Region

16-17 July 2020

17:30-20:30 (Rome/Berlin)

Organizers: Prof. Francesco Biagi (University of Bologna), Mr. Islam Khalifa (Central European University), Mr. Siraj Khan (University of Tübingen)

Moderators: Prof. Nathan Brown (George Washington University) and Prof. Clark Lombardi (University of Washington)


Final Programme: Workshop on the State of Emergency and Covid-19 in the MENA Region


COVID-19 has revealed that in some jurisdictions, States of Emergency are fast becoming the rule, not an exception. The Covid-19 pandemic has caused States to enact various legal and procedural measures to respond to the numerous crises that have resulted from the effects of the pandemic. In the MENA region especially, with its particular geo-political context, resort to States of Emergency has also been varied, although in the vast majority of cases it seems that the principles of constitutionalism have not been strictly followed.

The is hosting an Expert Workshop to analyse the legal and constitutional framework that regulates the State of Emergency in a selected number of countries in the MENA region. The Workshop will provide a forum for Experts to share insights and provide contextual and critical analyses on the State of Emergency in general, and on the current crisis in particular.

The Workshop will take place online via video-conference over two consecutive days on the 16th and 17th July 2020 (17:30-20:30, CET). The output from the Expert Workshop will be published in an edited volume with an international publisher or a special issue in a journal.


Expert Workshop:

Presenters will be given 15 minutes to deliver their presentations, followed by a discussion with other participants, at an invite-only workshop. Presentations will provide a legal analysis of the State of Emergency and COVID-19 measures in the chosen jurisdiction. The Workshop is taking place over two consecutive afternoons, on 16-17 July 2020, 17:30-20:30 (Rome/Berlin).



Following the workshop, selected presenters will be invited to submit a full chapter on their contribution as soon as possible. Submissions will range between 7000-15000 words and will be subject to a peer-review process, for publication in an edited volume with an international publisher or in a special-issue of a journal.


Key Dates:

Deadline for Abstracts:                 Sunday 31 May 2020

Expert Workshop:                           16-17 July  2020 (17:30-20:30, Rome/Berlin) 

Publication of contributions:      December 2020 (tbc)

See the original Call for Abstracts in PDF, here: Call for Abstracts_State of Emergency and COVID 18052020