The rise of technocracy and the covid-19 pandemic in taiwan: Courts, human rights, and the protection of vulnerable populations

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Abstract

Driven by the need to address the immediate public health threats of the COVID-19 pandemic, this has seen a rise of the technocratic mode of governance around the world. A technocratic approach is evidence-based and relies upon the guidance of experts to respond to the public health crisis. The rise of technocracy reflects a utilitarian calculus that seeks to preserve the greater good. Taiwan's pandemic response exemplifies the strengths and weaknesses of this type of governance. Based on an analysis of the relevant case law of the Taiwan Constitutional Court, legislation, and political developments this Article takes a legal-historical look and traces the current technocratic approach - defined for this Article as an experts-driven and procedural-driven process - which is a hallmark of Taiwan's pandemic response. Examining Taiwan's pandemic response through a human rights lens sheds light on a more complex relationship between the collective right to health and life, and the individual rights to health, work, privacy, and liberty during the pandemic.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1115-1132
Number of pages18
JournalGerman Law Journal
Volume22
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2021

Keywords

  • Constitutional court
  • Covid-19 pandemic
  • Human rights
  • Technocracy
  • Vulnerable populations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Law

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