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Designated survivor: What happens if the President of the United States falls ill?

What is the protocol if the leader of the free world is taken ill? With the UK Prime Minister and members of his team testing positive for COVID-19 last week, nothing can be ruled out. PPL Co-Director Dr Trevor McCrisken from Warwick’s Department of Politics and International Studies looks at what could happen.

Tue 31 Mar 2020, 09:35 | Tags: Politics, PPL

Expert Comment on the "Coronavirus Bill"

Global health law expert Dr Sharifah Sekalala from the University of Warwick School of Law takes a look at the emergency legislation expected in Parliament next week:

"Covid-19 has been recognised by the WHO as global public health pandemic. Its epicentre is now in Europe, with the death toll in Italy eclipsing that of China. Many governments have been caught unawares by the scale of the crisis and have brought in or are bringing in emergency legislation to try to stop its spread. However, emergency laws are always a blunt instrument, they are made when we all scared and vulnerable and we need to ensure that we don’t give up too many of our human rights or make them the new normal."

Fri 20 Mar 2020, 11:23 | Tags: Law, PPL

Expert Comment: Should Government consider a generalised stay of enforcement of financial covenants?

Dr Stephen Connelly, Associate Professor at Warwick Law School, discusses the risks of defaulting on financial covenants and what could be done to help:

"I would urge Government and the Bank of England to consider measures to lessen the pressure on corporates to satisfy financial covenants, perhaps by means of a generalised stay of enforcement of these financial obligations"

Tue 17 Mar 2020, 15:59 | Tags: Law, Homepage

Expert Comment: Why are people feeling driven to panic buy?

Dr Georg Löfflmann from the Department of Politics and International Studies comments:-

"Evolution has given us two systems of thought, ‘system 1’, which is fast, instinctive and emotional, and ‘system 2, which is slower, more deliberative and logical. Because of ‘cognitive bias’, embedded in human biology, emotions and intuition can override a rational assessment of objective fact."

Thu 12 Mar 2020, 16:19 | Tags: Homepage, Politics, PPL

Expert Comment: Super Tuesday: who will be the next leader of the Democratic party?

Super Tuesday is the most important day in the US race to the White House so far, as 14 states vote on who should be the US Democratic presidential candidate.

Dr Trevor McCrisken, PPL Co-Director from the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick, comments:

"Moderate endorsements and a big win in South Carolina at the weekend have revitalised Joe Biden's campaign. But state-by-state polling suggests Biden will win Southern states on Super Tuesday while Sanders will pick up the big prize of California and several of the 14 states voting today."

Tue 03 Mar 2020, 13:07 | Tags: Homepage, Politics, PPL

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