Wake Forest School of Law Offers Online Symposium on Coronavirus Pandemic

photo of the inside of a quarantine tent with the words Isolated By The Law

Isolated By The Law features national experts on quarantine, health policy, law, & ethics.

As the United States and the world examine the effects of wide-scale quarantine in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, understanding the legal, ethical, social, and economic impacts is crucial. The coronavirus has exposed numerous faults in our systems and finding solutions will be the focus as we move forward.

That is why Wake Forest University School of Law is pleased to announce Isolated By The Law, a fully online, self-paced symposium. Featuring a dozen nationally recognized experts who examine domestic and global health policy from multiple perspectives, Isolated By The Law offers thought leadership vital to overcoming the challenges raised by COVID-19. It is free and open to the public.

Isolated By The Law is an update of the 2018 symposium presented by the Wake Forest Journal of Law and Policy that explored the legal and ethical implications surrounding quarantine during public health emergencies. It was a forward-thinking exploration of these important concerns, viewed through the lens of the SARS and Ebola crises.

“We couldn’t know then how critically important this symposium would become,” said Chris Coughlin, a Wake Forest Law professor who leads the symposium. “Now more than ever we need scientists, lawyers, and public health experts to work together to navigate the pressing issues that are exposing numerous cracks in our system. In just two weeks, we reached out to former speakers and new experts to bring this symposium to a new online format.”

Well-known experts from a range of disciplines cover many of the significant issues that have surfaced as a result of the coronavirus, including the balance between public health interests and individual rights, vulnerable populations in the time of pandemic, and new public policy concerns, among other timely themes and topics.

Presentations and participants include:

Speaker Topic
Larry Gostin, Director of the Collaborating Center on National and Global Health Law at the World Health Organization (WHO)/Georgetown University What is the role of the WHO during a global pandemic?
James Hodge, Public Health Law Network /Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law What is the crisis standard of care?
Lindsay Wiley, Director of the Health Law and Policy program at American University School of Law How do courts handle litigation from coronavirus?
Mark Hall, Brooking Institution nonresident senior fellow and Wake Forest Law professor How do we lift coronavirus restrictions?
Mark Rothstein, Professor of law and medicine at the University of Louisville who helped develop quarantine policies during the 2003 SARS outbreak
and the 2015 Ebola epidemic
How did the U.S. respond to the coronavirus?
Wendy Parmet, Expert on public health policy and
professor of law Northeastern University
How has immigration policy impacted the U.S. response?

All twelve presentations may be viewed at wfu.law/isolated. Because the Isolated By The Law symposium is online and self-paced, additional speakers and presentations will populate in the weeks to come.

“These experts have extensive experience in these areas, conducting research and examining outcomes for years, sometimes even a decade or more. Because of that, they bring a thoughtful approach to the discussion, especially around the unintended consequences of various courses of action,” Coughlin said.

Isolated By The Law is sponsored through the collaboration of the Wake Forest School of Law, its Journal of Law & Policy, its Health Law and Policy Program, the Wake Forest University Center for Bioethics, Health & Society, Office of the Provost, and Awaken: The Creative Journal of Contemporary Bioethics.

Media contact: Stephanie Skordas, Director of Marketing, Communications, and Public Relations skordas@wfu.edu


About Wake Forest School of Law
For more than 125 years, Wake Forest School of Law has developed skillful advocates who bring the legal profession and modern workplace robust expertise that can only flourish in an educational setting that is small by design and nurtured by dedicated teacher-scholars. Our traditions — guided by values rooted in community, service, and collegiality — uniquely develop citizen lawyers and professionals who are able to persevere, empathize, assess, and creatively adapt to the ever-changing needs of clients and the rule of law. Located in Winston-Salem, N.C., Wake Forest Law offers these degrees: the Juris Doctor (JD) with dual and concurrent degree options, a Master of Laws (LLM), the Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD), and an online Master of Studies in Law (MSL). Learn more about Wake Forest School of Law at law.wfu.edu.