Road Wary: Mobility, Law, and the Problem of Escape

52 Pages Posted: 17 Feb 2021 Last revised: 12 Mar 2021

Date Written: February 15, 2021


In this article, I consider how the phenomenon of individuals relocating for temporary periods, as has been the case during the COVID-19 crisis, raises interesting and significant issues for modern law and public policy. We should attend to what I call the problem of “escape” through imaginative legal and policy solutions, even while accepting as inevitable the demand of Americans to fleeing for what they see as comparatively greener pastures.

Keywords: COVID-19, mobility, law, public policy, legal theory

JEL Classification: K20, K23, K30, K40, R38, R40

Suggested Citation

Rodriguez, Daniel B., Road Wary: Mobility, Law, and the Problem of Escape (February 15, 2021). Iowa Law Review, Forthcoming (Symposium issue, July 2021), Northwestern Public Law Research Paper No. 21-07, Available at SSRN: or

Daniel B. Rodriguez (Contact Author)

Northwestern University - Pritzker School of Law ( email )

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Chicago, IL 60611
United States

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