COVID19 Poicy Handbook

08.18.20 —As the nation continues to address the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Northeastern University School of Law is proud to announce that Professors Wendy E. Parmet, Leo Beletsky and Patricia WilliamsVisiting Scholar Michael Sinha; and Jessica Bresler ’20 are among 50 national experts convened to assess the US policy response to the crisis to date. This new report offers policy recommendations on 35 wide-ranging topics, from pandemic preparedness and healthcare to conducting sound elections and adapting immigration policy. Designed to advise leaders at the federal, state and local level, the report presents a timely examination of policy challenges and opportunities in light of the pandemic.

Read the full report here. 

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The report provides critical legal analysis and recommendations, rooted in empirical evidence and expert assessment. Each author discusses how the law has been used, misused or under-used in the response to COVID-19. The report addresses not only legal doctrine, but also matters of implementation, including both strategies and resources for policymakers. As the impact of the pandemic and government responses continue to unfold, the report raises important questions about the efficacy of efforts to contain COVID-19 and to maintain human and civil rights, equity and ethics ‒ while offering innovative and research-driven policy solutions.

This report is produced by Temple Center for Public Health Law Research, Center for Health Policy and Law, Northeastern University School of Law, Public Health Law Watch, Wayne State University, Indiana University, The Network for Public Health Law and ChangeLab Solutions.

This work is sponsored by the American Public Health Association and the de Beaumont Foundation

Download the executive summary, full report or individual chapters at


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