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Title: COVID-19 Pandemic and Changes to Finland’s Legislation in Line with the WHO Guidelines
Authors: Jilkine, Vladimir
Law center, Helsinki, Finland
Keywords: Socrates 2022, 1 (22);coronavirus;EU legislation;Finland;global health;International Health Regulations;pandemic;priority of the Constitution
Issue Date: 2022
Publisher: Rīga Stradiņš University
Rīgas Stradiņa universitāte
Citation: Jilkine, V. (2022). COVID-19 Pandemic and Changes to Finland’s Legislation in Line with the WHO Guidelines. Electronic Scientific Journal of Law Socrates, 3 (21). 13–23.
Series/Report no.: Socrates 2022, 1 (22)
Abstract: The article analyses new legislative amendments in Finland, including an interim amendment to the Infectious Diseases Act, which aims to protect the life and health of clients and patients using social and medical services. The rapid spread of the number of cases of coronavirus infection in Finland, including the new Omicron strain, required urgent measures and new amendments to the legislation. Therefore, in the context of the overall fight against the coronavirus pandemic in the world, these provisions of the Finnish Constitution are a transition from the absolute priority of universally recognised norms of international law to the priority of the Basic Law, subject to the condition of the inadmissibility of guaranteed restriction of human rights. Finland’s desire to comply with the global integration processes in the context of persisting risks of the spread of coronavirus infection has led to digital harmonisation of legislation and legal norms in accordance with the principles of international law. The amendments to Finnish legislation were based on the enshrined provisions of the Constitution and the existing international legal framework, considering possibilities for responding to pandemic and transboundary emergencies in accordance with WHO guidelines.
ISSN: 2256-0548
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