The COVID-19 pandemic is not the first global health crisis of our lifetimes nor will it be the last. Habitat loss continues to force wildlife and humans to interact, the incidence of pathogenic crossover will rise, drug-resistant bacteria continue to evolve, and insect-borne diseases like Zika will migrate to new populations as climate change progresses. While physicians and public health experts collaborate to provide preventative and therapeutic solutions, legal scholars should also assess the performance of our institutions during this pandemic and envision how laws could help prepare us for the next pandemic.
This year's Legal Forum symposium will examine the effects that novel coronavirus has had on the law. Scholars from across the country and from within the UChicago community will meet for a day to discuss doctrines and rules that may have outlived their usefulness. In looking forward, the Legal Forum hopes to propose remedies where current law is deficient. Our sincere hope is to help policymakers focus their time and energy where it is needed most to help prepare for the inevitable next pandemic.
The symposium will be in-person, if possible, and virtually held, if not.