Chile’s political and institutional response to COVID-19

Interested in the legal aspects of health crisis management? Devolution and use of powers, health considerations vs restrictions of rights? This article delves into the case of Chile to explore the adaptation of the rule of law to the dire need of COVID-19 management at country level:

The health crisis has broken through and forced the state to take radical action to contain and manage the emergency. In this context, Chile has witnessed the strengthening of the public apparatus and the intensive restriction of constitutional rights, mainly through administrative decisions for public health purposes.

This loops back to the ontological debate about power, duty and restraint which authors like Larry Gostin have worked on for decades to dissect and illustrate the balance between government or administrative powers and civil liberties, against an objective to secure populations’ health as the greater good.

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