Instructor(s): Nathalie Des Rosiers

Course Location: Please see the "Intensive Course Schedule" under Schedules and Timetables (

This section of this course is offered on campus, for students who can attend in person. In order to safeguard the health and safety of students, there is a possibility that all sections of this class will convert to a remote format for all or part of the term. To enrol in this course all students must meet or exceed the tech requirements for enrolment in University of Toronto courses, which can be found here [].

Note: Attendance at intensive courses is mandatory for the duration of the course.

The course will look at the legal consequences of a pandemic: the use of emergency powers and the powers of Public Health units. It will then explore how pandemics affect different groups and different aspects of our legal system: among others, labour and employment law, prison law, mobility rights, privacy and civil liberties.

The course aims to use the COVID pandemic and the legal responses and legal consequences of it as a lenses through which to explore different legal concepts. Students are invited to share materials that they find and scenarios that interest them.

Students will be evaluated based on a final paper of 2500 to 3000 words. Papers must be delivered to the Records Office by 4:00 p.m. on February 1, 2021.
Academic year
2020 - 2021

At a Glance

Second Term



20 JD


In Class:

Monday, January 4, 2020: 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Tuesday, January 5, 2020: 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Wednesday, January 6, 2020: 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Thursday, January 7, 2020: 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Friday, January 8, 2020: 9:30 am - 11:30 am