Volume 5 / 2020

In the Matter of State v Liberty -
Reflections on the 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic

Volume 5 / 2020

2020 will be remembered for disruptions both of national and global scale, from the Australian bushfires to the coronavirus pandemic.

Given KAS Australia’s mandate to foster public debate and to promote theme-focussed dialogues, publishing a Periscope edition on the coronavirus measures from a rule of law perspective was an obvious choice. This edition includes reflections on the approach taken by various countries to protect public health. Our contributors from Australia, Germany, New Zealand, Fiji and Samoa provide an overview of their respective country’s response to the pandemic to date and analyse the specific measures as to their proportionality and compliance with the rule of law.


Anne McNaughton

Director of the ANU Centre for European Studies at the Australian National University


Eva U Wagner

Programme Coordinator Rule of Law, Energy & Development Policy Regional Programme Australia and the Pacific KAS Australia