State Crisis Communication


Magdalena Nemeth assesses the question of how the state must communicate in a crisis to protect the fundamental right to freedom of expression. She therefore compares two very current practical examples: the state’s communication during the COVID-19 crisis and in the ongoing climate crisis.

How must the state communicate in times of crisis?

The state communicates in a broad variety. The administrative part of the thesis focuses on how these forms can be systematized and categorized in order to qualify them legally. Furthermore, this part analyses whether and to what extent crisis communication can be subject to judicial review.

In the second part Magdalena Nemeth will focus on fundamental rights. She will explore whether the freedom of speech protects an individual from crisis communication such as disinformation, misinformation, misleading information and excessive communication. Moreover, she will examine whether a right to crisis communication can be derived from the fundamental duty to protect.

Magdalena Nemeth is a university assistant at the Department Eisenberger. Her research focuses on technology and innovation law. Apart from her work as university assistant, she is a researcher within the H2020 project ETAPAS.

At CIHG she is as member of Participative Legal Innovation.