The Pandemic Paradox in International Law

114 American Journal of International Law (2020 Forthcoming)

ANU College of Law Research Paper No. 20.18

11 Pages Posted: 17 Aug 2020 Last revised: 21 Aug 2020

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Peter Danchin

University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

Jeremy Farrall

ANU College of Law

Shruti Rana

Indiana University Bloomington - School of Global and International Studies; Affiliated Faculty, Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Stewart Center on the Global Legal Profession

Imogen Saunders

ANU College of Law

Date Written: 2020

Abstract

This article examines a series of paradoxes that have rendered the international legal order’s mechanisms for collective action powerless precisely when they are most needed to fight COVID-19. The “patriotism paradox” is that disengagement from the international legal order weakens rather than strengthens state sovereignty. The “border paradox” is that securing domestic populations by excluding non-citizens, in the absence of accompanying regulatory mechanisms to secure adherence to internal health measures, accelerates viral spread among citizens. The “equality paradox” is that while pandemics pose an equal threat to all people, their impacts compound existing inequalities.

Keywords: International Law, International Legal Order, Global Governance, COVID-19, Pandemic

JEL Classification: K33

Suggested Citation

Danchin, Peter G. and Farrall, Jeremy Matam and Rana, Shruti and Saunders, Imogen, The Pandemic Paradox in International Law (2020). 114 American Journal of International Law (2020 Forthcoming), ANU College of Law Research Paper No. 20.18, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3675519

Peter G. Danchin

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Shruti Rana

Indiana University Bloomington - School of Global and International Studies ( email )

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Imogen Saunders

ANU College of Law ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200
Australia

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