The (New) Normal under the State of Emergency in Timor Leste

14 Pages Posted: 22 Mar 2022

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Ricardo Sousa da Cunha

University of Minho - School of Law; Polytechnic Institute of Cavado and Ave - School of Management

Date Written: March 21, 2022

Abstract

Timor-Leste has dealt with the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic in the context of a developing state undergoing political crisis with limited resources in the public health sector. The process of simultaneously overcoming this political crisis and fighting the pandemic with existing limited resources involved all the branches of government in strategic cooperation within the framework of the constitutional separation of powers. The result was the declaration of long periods of State of Emergency and the consequent suspension of constitutional rights for periods of time lengthier than originally anticipated. This article argues that this ‘new normal’ affirms the maturity of the constitutional regime in Timor-Leste but questions the future of some of the solutions applied.

Suggested Citation

Sousa da Cunha, Ricardo, The (New) Normal under the State of Emergency in Timor Leste (March 21, 2022). Australian Journal of Asian Law, Vol. 22, No. 2, Article 04: 45-57, 2022, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4063329

Ricardo Sousa da Cunha (Contact Author)

University of Minho - School of Law ( email )

Campus Gualtar
Braga, 4710-057
Portugal

Polytechnic Institute of Cavado and Ave - School of Management ( email )

Urbanizaç ão Quinta de Formiga
4750 Barcelos
Portugal

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