This book examines how the COVID-19 pandemic has engendered a new and challenging environment in which borders drawn around people, places, and social structures have hardened and new ones have emerged.

Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, borders closed or became unwelcoming at the international, national, sub-national, and local levels. Debate persists as to whether those countries and territories that tightly managed their borders, like New Zealand, Australia, or Hong Kong, got it ‘right’ compared to those that did not. Without doubt, a majority of those who suffered and died throughout the pandemic have been those from vulnerable populations. Yet on the other hand, efforts taken to manage the spread of the disease, such as through border management, have also disproportionately affected those who are most vulnerable. How then is the right balance to be struck, acknowledging, too, the economic and other imperatives that may dissuade governments from taking public health steps? This book considers how international organizations, countries, and institutions within those countries should conceive of, and manage, borders as the world continues to struggle with COVID-19 and prepares for the next pandemic. Engaging a range of international, and sub-national, examples, the book thematizes the main issues at stake in the control and management of borders in the interests of public health.

This book will be of considerable interest to academics in the fields of health law, anthropology, economics, history, medicine, public health, and political science, as well as policymakers and public health planners at national and sub-national levels.

part I|12 pages


chapter 1|10 pages


Borders, Boundaries, and Pandemics
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part II|50 pages

Histories, Contests, and Communication of Borders as Public Health Tools

chapter 3|10 pages

The Wolf and the Sheepfold

Borders, Containment, and Contested Discourses of Public Health in the Great Influenza Pandemic Era
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chapter 4|11 pages

Bordering and the Fallacy of Disease Directionality

Ebola, SARS-CoV-2 and Africa's Confidence Deficit with Global Public Health
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part III|37 pages

Border and Mobility Restrictions as Public Health Tools within Regional and National Boundaries

part IV|53 pages

Border Measures in Comparative Perspective

chapter 10|13 pages

Borders within Borders within Borders

A Legitimate Approach to Controlling the First Two Years of the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic in Australia
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chapter 11|13 pages

The United States Response to COVID-19

A Patchwork of Border Regulations
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part V|25 pages

Border Controls, Migrants, and Refugees

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chapter 14|14 pages

Spouses of the Pandemic

Data, Racism, and Mental Health
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part VI|48 pages

Vaccine Passports

chapter 15|9 pages

Vaccine Refusals and Freedom of Religion

A Moving Target in a Pandemic Age
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part VII|23 pages

Vaccine Passports

part VIII|37 pages

Bounded Vulnerabilities

chapter 21|9 pages

The Paradox of Protecting the Vulnerable

An Analysis of the Canadian Public Discourse on Older Adults during the COVID-19 Pandemic
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chapter 22|9 pages

Of Governmental Priorities, Human Rights, and Social Control

Prison Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic
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chapter 23|8 pages

Extending the Boundaries of the Psychiatric Hospital

The Use and Misuse of Psychiatric Coercion during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Quebec and Ontario
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chapter 24|9 pages

Punishing Mobility

Curfews and Homelessness in Quebec during the COVID-19 Pandemic
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part IX|48 pages

Access to Services, Care, and Medical Necessities

chapter 25|14 pages

Bodies across Borders

A History of Cross-Border Travel for Abortion Services in Poland and Canada
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chapter 26|12 pages

Borders Drawn across Bodies

Advocating for Maternal Health in Times of Crisis
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chapter 27|9 pages

Keeping Border Restrictions Light Enough to Travel

A Humanitarian Perspective on Canada's Border Control Measures during COVID-19
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chapter 28|11 pages

“Where You Live Shouldn't Determine Whether You Live”

Canada and the Line between Rhetoric and Reality in Global COVID-19 Vaccine Equity
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part X|60 pages

Borders, Boundaries, and the Future of Global Health Law

chapter 29|11 pages

Cross-Border Mobility of Persons and Goods during Pandemics

Exposing Normative Duality in International Law
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chapter 32|12 pages

Global Health Law

Overcoming the Shortfall in Human Resources
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