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Covid-19 in Asia: Law and Policy Contexts

Victor V. Ramraj


Covid-19 in Asia: Law and Policy Contexts is an edited collection of original essays on Asia’s legal and policy responses to the Covid-19 pandemic, which, in a matter of months, swept around the globe, infecting millions. In a matter of weeks, the unimaginable became ordinary: lockdowns of cities and entire countries, physical distancing and quarantines, travel restrictions and border controls, movement-tracking technology, mandatory closures of all but essential services, economic devastation and mass unemployment, and government assistance programs on record-breaking scales. Yet a pandemic o ... More

Keywords: Asia, Covid-19 pandemic, first wave containment, emergency powers, lockdowns, policy responses, quarantines, government assistance programs, travel restrictions, border controls

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780197553831
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197553831.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Victor V. Ramraj, editor
Professor of Law and Chair in Asia-Pacific Legal Relations, University of Victoria

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Introduction and Background

1 A Short History and Thematic Overview

Victor V. Ramraj* and Matthew Little**

Part I First Wave Containment Measures

3 Taiwan: Democracy, Technology, and Civil Society

Wen-Chen Chang* and Chun-Yuan Lin**

4 Vietnam: Marshalling State and Non-State Actors

Cuong Nguyen* and Thanh Phan**

6 Borders and Entry Controls in Asia

Jaclyn L. Neo* and Darius Lee**

Part II Emergency Powers

8 Governing through Contagion

Lynette J. Chua* and Jack Jin Gary Lee**

9 Pandemics and Emergency Powers in Asia

Victor V. Ramraj* and Arun K. Thiruvengadam**

10 Japan: Keeping the Death Toll to the Minimum

Tomoya Ono* and Shigenori Matsui**

11 Thailand: Emergency Responses or More Social Turbulence?

Rawin Leelapatana* and Chompunoot Tangthavorn**

Part III Technology, Science, and Expertise

13 International Health Regulations and Compliance in Asia

Susan Breau* and Preethi Lolaksha Nagaveni**

14 Can Technology and Privacy Co-Exist in a Pandemic?

Ze Shi Li,*Visakha Phusamruat,**Tony Clear,*** and Daniela Damian****

15 Singapore: Technocracy and Transition

Maartje De Visser* and Paulin Straughan**

Part IV Politics, Religion, and Governance

18 Religion amid the Pandemic: A Buddhist Case Study

Benjamin Schonthal* and Tilak Jayatilake**

20 Cambodia: Public Health, Economic, and Political Dimensions

Ratana Ly,*Vandanet Hing,** and Kimsan Soy***

21 Indonesia’s Response to the Pandemic

Nadirsyah Hosen* and Nurussyariah Hammado**

23 Myanmar: Pandemic in a Time of Transition

Kai Ostwald* and Tun Myint**

24 Sri Lanka: Pandemic-Catalyzed Democratic Backsliding

Bhavani Fonseka,*Luwie Ganeshathasan,** and Asanga Welikala***

Part V Economy, Climate, and Sustainability

25 Governments and Business

Tan Cheng-Han* and Jiangyu Wang**

27 Asian Trade and Supply Chain Linkages

Dan Ciuriak* and Philip Calvert**

28 Mongolia: After Successful Containment, Challenges Remain

Charles Krusekopf* and Mendee Jargalsaikhan**

29 Reset or Revert in the New Climate Normal

Navraj Singh Ghaleigh* and Louise Burrows**

30 Southeast Asian Workers in a Just-in-Time Pandemic

Helen Lansdowne* and James Lawson**

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