About the Database

Research Methods:

The COVID-19 Law Lab is a database of laws that countries have implemented in response to the pandemic. It includes state of emergency declarations, quarantine measures, disease surveillance, legal measures relating to mask-wearing, social distancing, and access to medication and vaccines. Launching with laws from over 190 countries, the database will continue to grow as more countries and themes are added.

The Law Lab currently organizes COVID-19 law into the following categories:

  • Access to health services
  • Administrative penalties
  • Contact tracing
  • COVID-19-specific law
  • Criminal penalties
  • Curfew
  • Essential services/workers
  • Exposure/transmission/non-disclosure
  • Extraordinary powers
  • Face coverings/masks
  • Gender
  • HIV
  • HIV COVID-specific guidelines
  • HIV-treatment dispensing
  • Human rights
  • Intellectual property
  • International travel/borders
  • Judicial oversight
  • Lockdown/stay-home
  • Medicines & Access
  • Migrants/asylum seekers/refugees
  • Non-discrimination
  • Physical distance
  • PPE/personal protective equipment
  • Prisons/prisoners/detainees
  • Procurement of medical supplies
  • Prophylaxis
  • Restrictions on police powers
  • Surveillance apps/software
  • Telecommuting
  • Vaccines

Note: This database aims to be as complete and up-to-date as possible, but does not reflect legal advice or authority, and may not represent the applicable laws in a given jurisdiction at a given time. All reasonable precautions have been taken to verify the information contained in this material. However, the published material is being distributed without warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied. The responsibility for the interpretation and use of the material lies with the reader. In no event shall WHO, UNDP, UNAIDS, or Georgetown University be liable for damages arising from its use.