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Conference: The Social History of Legal Responses to Infectious Disease

Friday 22nd September 2023
Hybrid/UCL

Legal responses to infectious disease have recently been at the forefront of public health policy debates, but the issues raised by epidemics are not new and a better understanding of the effects of legal measures can be gained from a study of historical precedents. Studying the social history of legal responses to disease also reveals much about the evolution of social and political attitudes, the evolution of legal doctrine, and the interaction between social, political and legal change. Legal historians, political historians and social historians of medicine have worked on these topics but have not always looked outside their specialist areas and this inter-disciplinary event aims to bring them together. The focus of the discussion will be on Great Britain, the British Empire and the Commonwealth, starting in the medieval period and continuing into the twentieth century.

Further details at: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/laws/events/2023/sep/social-history-legal-responses-infectious-disease