Coronavirus – Health and Governance Issues

COVID-19 Law Lab


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level: COVID-19 Law Lab

Mains level: Health Policy measures against COVID-19

The UN agencies have started a portal called the COVID-19 Law Lab to host all recent legal enactments to fight the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Note the following things about COVID-19 Law Lab:

1) It is an online portal and not a cubical laboratory

2) Parent agency includes the UN and WHO

3) It is the first collation of health-related laws and protocols of the countries

COVID-19 Law Lab

  • This digital portal hosts all legal steps taken by 190 countries to fight the pandemic.
  • The UNDP, the WHO, the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS and the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University have collaborated for this initiative.
  • The collation initiative aims at dissemination of procedures and practices for effective enactment of health-related laws.
  • It is expected to be the most expansive collation of laws and procedures related to a health emergency.

Why need such a repository?

  • The pandemic has led to confusion over treatment and management protocols.
  • Some 220 countries/territories have enacted various procedures backed by various enabling laws related to epidemics and health emergency.
  • Laws and policies that are grounded in science, evidence and human rights can enable people to access health services, protect themselves from COVID-19 and live free from stigma, discrimination and violence.
  • Sharing medicines and formulae for even general treatment has been a big challenge due to restrictive laws and trade practices.
  • As health is global, legal frameworks need to be aligned with international commitments to respond to current and emerging public health risks.

Get an IAS/IPS ranker as your 1: 1 personal mentor for UPSC 2024

Attend Now

Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments


Join us across Social Media platforms.

💥Mentorship New Batch Launch
💥Mentorship New Batch Launch