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Covid-19: Hong Kong ‘walking a tightrope’ on pandemic response

Until early May, Hong Kong pursued a policy to combat Covid-19 that’s in line with mainland China – a ‘zero-Covid’ policy, later renamed ‘dynamic zero’.

Released on May 4, 2022

Aviation: sector experiences ‘worst year in history’

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the global aviation industry. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) categorised 2020 as ‘the worst year in history’ for air travel demand, with global passenger traffic declining by 66 per cent compared with 2019.

Released on Apr 22, 2021

Covid-19 exacerbates food insecurity for Indigenous peoples

The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed the pre-existing inequalities and exacerbated the disparities in treatment affecting Indigenous Peoples around the world, leaving them behind in national responses to the virus and often facing food insecurity.

Released on Mar 26, 2021

Mandatory vaccination: legal, justified, effective?

Vaccine programmes being rolled out around the world have provided hope for many, but are causing concern and opposition among others. Global Insight assesses how governments and medical authorities should respond and whether compulsory vaccination is the answer.

Released on Mar 19, 2021

Pandemic jeopardises young lawyers’ wellbeing and learning opportunities

For many junior associates at law firms, the Covid-19 pandemic has meant a working life of flat-sharing and working from bedrooms, living alone, or relocating back to their parents’ homes.

Released on Mar 15, 2021

Covid-19: EU-AstraZeneca dispute highlights concerns over access to vaccines

In late January, the European Commission and individual European Union Member States threatened legal action over significant delays to Covid-19 vaccine dose deliveries from AstraZeneca.

Released on Mar 11, 2021

Access to justice: UK court backlog shows system teetering ‘on the edge’

A joint report from four criminal justice watchdogs, published in mid-January, has found significant delays plaguing access to justice in England and Wales. The inspectorates for policing, prisons, probation and prosecutions have raised ‘grave concerns’ about long-term damage to the justice system as a whole.

Released on Feb 19, 2021

Covid-19: fledgling vaccination programmes leave poorer nations and vulnerable groups behind

As Western governments proceed with their Covid-19 vaccination programmes, there are growing concerns that so-called vaccine nationalism is leaving poorer countries struggling to protect their people. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 49 richer states had delivered 39 million vaccine doses by mid-January while one unidentified poorer nation had administered just 25.

Released on Feb 9, 2021

Fighting modern slavery in the Covid era

Covid-19 has exacerbated the economic conditions in which modern slavery thrives. Global Insight reports on how work on solutions continues despite the global turmoil created by the pandemic.

Released on Feb 3, 2021

Access to justice: pandemic forces courts to incorporate remote technology

In the last nine months, video conferencing has become a simple fact of life for many people – with a significant impact on dispute resolution and court hearings.

Released on Jan 21, 2021

Covid-19: UK government faces increasing legal action on pandemic response

The UK government faces a rising tide of legal action regarding decision-making during the Covid-19 pandemic. As Martyn Day, Co-Founder at Leigh Day in London, tells Global Insight, the handling of the pandemic has in some ways been ‘ripe for legal intervention’.

Released on Jan 19, 2021

Privacy: data protection regimes evolve in midst of Covid-19 pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic has created novel data processing activities and issues for companies worldwide to handle while still complying with data protection legislation.

Released on Dec 18, 2020

Pandemic accelerates need for comprehensive efforts to tackle child marriage

Covid-19’s impact on children’s education and the increased exposure of families to financial crisis will result in an additional 13 million child marriages before 2030, estimates the UN Population Fund and research partners.

Released on Dec 11, 2020

Juukan Gorge incident and Covid-19 pandemic highlight focus on ESG

In mid-September, mining corporation Rio Tinto announced the departure of three senior executives after its investors pushed for accountability for the company’s destruction of culturally-significant 46,000-year-old rock shelters at the Juukan Gorge in Australia.

Released on Dec 2, 2020

Access to justice: lawyers fight to be recognised as ‘essential’ workers in Covid-hit East Africa

The decision by authorities in some East African countries to omit lawyers from lists of ‘essential’ service workers when implementing Covid-19 containment measures has obstructed lawyers from practising and disrupted access to justice.

Released on Nov 9, 2020

Pandemic highlights urgency of fight against wildlife trafficking

In the spring, reports emerged alleging a link between the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic and wildlife, specifically that the virus began in a ‘wet’ market in Wuhan, China. The conditions in such markets – which often feature wild animals – make it easy for diseases to transition from wildlife to humans.

Released on Nov 6, 2020

Stock market record highlights China’s swift recovery from pandemic

In mid-October, the value of Chinese equities climbed above $10tn for the first time since 2015, to reach a record $10.08tn – an increase of $3.3tn since March. Meanwhile, the Chinese currency rose 3.9 per cent in Q3, the most in 12 years. The figures come despite China being the epicentre of the Covid-19 pandemic at the beginning of 2020.

Released on Nov 4, 2020

Insurance: courts grapple with business interruption cases in wake of Covid-19 lockdowns

Many UK policyholders whose businesses suffered losses during the Covid-19 pandemic have received a welcome boost from the country’s High Court. In mid-September the Court ruled that most ‘disease’ clauses in business’ insurance policies cover losses caused by a notifiable or infectious disease, in a test case brought by regulator the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

Released on Oct 13, 2020

Covid-19 crisis highlights ‘failing firm’ defence in merger reviews

Before the onset of the Covid-19 crisis, UK competition regulator the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said it had ‘serious competition concerns’ about Amazon’s £442m investment in food delivery start-up Deliveroo. The CMA was worried about possible future competition between the companies, which would be lost as a result of the investment. The impact of Covid-19 led Deliveroo to claim that it could collapse without the additional backing – an argument known as the ‘failing firm’ defence (FFD).

Released on Oct 5, 2020

Covid-19: regulators confronted with scourge of ‘fake cures’

For consumer protection bodies, a major collateral challenge from the Covid-19 pandemic has been the prevalence of traders selling treatments or tests for a virus we’ve still learning about.

Released on Sep 28, 2020

Covid-19: use of face masks raises health and environmental questions

Across the globe, governments have taken differing attitudes to the use of face masks as a means of controlling the Covid-19 pandemic. In Spain, which imposed one of the strictest lockdowns when the virus hit, mask wearing is mandatory in many indoor and outdoor public spaces, while Italy requires face mask use only when social distancing is not possible, such as in city centres and workplaces.

Released on Sep 28, 2020

Ugandan LGBTI community left vulnerable in pandemic lockdown

In late March, 20 members of Uganda’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community were arrested, detained and spent over 50 days on remand in prison, after allegedly disobeying the country’s Covid-19 lockdown rules. Campaigners say the charges were motivated by homophobia in this conservative East African country, and are further evidence that Uganda’s lockdown regulations are being misused.

Released on Sep 10, 2020

Covid-19 pandemic accelerates business drive to automation

Automation – the use of technology to substitute or reduce human activity in everything from manufacturing to day-to-day business life – was happening before Covid-19. But the pandemic has accelerated the deployment of automation globally, creating benefits but also fears of worker disenfranchisement.

Released on Aug 21, 2020

Low wage and low priority

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, workers on the lowest wages have had the least protection – from the virus, from unemployment and from financial distress – despite their work being deemed ‘essential.’ Global Insight explores how governments and corporations can step up to create a better world for these workers.

Released on Aug 12, 2020

What is finance for?

The need to rebuild and renew economies after the devastating effects of the Covid-19 pandemic ought to accelerate the finance sector’s attempts to rediscover a sense of purpose.

Released on Aug 12, 2020

Avoiding a tech-driven dystopia

From contact tracing apps to teleworking, the Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated the adoption of technologies. Global Insight explores the opportunities and challenges for individuals, businesses, governments and regulators in a tech-driven future.

Released on Aug 12, 2020

Covid-19: limited accountability for fashion brands hitting suppliers with pandemic losses

As global fashion companies saw profits threatened by the Covid-19 pandemic, many pushed the impact of losses down to suppliers in countries like Bangladesh and Myanmar

Released on Jul 16, 2020

Covid-19: emergency law-making highlights crucial role of judiciary

When the Covid-19 pandemic hit, governments around the world scrambled to put in place emergency legislation that would protect their citizens and prevent their health systems from becoming overwhelmed.

Released on Jul 8, 2020

Covid-19 crisis poses challenges for insurance industry

When hard times hit, companies and individuals turn to their insurance policies for support. However, the Covid-19 crisis has highlighted the complexities of claiming on insurance in the wake of a pandemic. For the insurance industry itself, the crisis has presented its own challenges, and insurers must now consider, for example, how to reshape policies for a post-Covid-19 world.

Released on Jun 29, 2020

Covid-19: how should in-house lawyers respond?

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to cause significant global disruption, with large sections of the world’s workforce now in lockdown, Lucy Trevelyan examines how in-house lawyers should be responding to the crisis and what they can do to prepare their organisations for life after Covid-19.

Released on Jun 25, 2020