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ABA Taps BU Professor to Examine Quarantine Laws

Dr. Wendy Mariner, Edward R. Utley professor of health law at Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH), has been appointed the American Bar Association (ABA) section advisor to the Uniform Law Commission’s Study Committee on Declarations of Quarantine.

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[Photo: Dr. Wendy Mariner]

The Uniform Law Commission, which develops model state legislation to ensure “clarity and stability in critical areas of state statutory law,” created the study committee to explore whether there is a need for uniform state legislation governing when and how quarantines are undertaken, with special attention to job protection and compensation for individuals in voluntary or involuntary quarantine.

“It is an honor to work with the Uniform Law Commission,” Dr. Mariner says. “It also offers a valuable opportunity to translate the Center’s research into effective policy supporting public health and human rights.”

Quarantines are drastic measures, employed rarely—usually in the face of an emergency, Dr. Mariner explains. For this reason, “we should be thoughtful about declaring emergencies, because emergencies permit exceptions to the rules. If the risk of an emergency continues indefinitely—as with the risk of terrorism or a possible epidemic—then the exception becomes the rule, and the rule of law itself is compromised.”

To read more about the honor, go to: http://www.bu.edu/sph/2016/03/25/aba-taps-professor-to-examine-quarantine-laws/