Has Global Health Law Risen to Meet the COVID-19 Challenge? Revisiting the International Health Regulations to Prepare for Future Threats

Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics (June 2020, Forthcoming)

6 Pages Posted: 11 May 2020 Last revised: 24 Jun 2020

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Lawrence O. Gostin

Georgetown University - Law Center - O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law

Roojin Habibi

University of Ottawa

Benjamin Mason Meier

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Date Written: May 10, 2020

Abstract

Global health law is essential in responding to the infectious disease threats of a globalizing world, where no single country, or border, can wall off disease. Yet, the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic has tested the essential legal foundations of the global health system. Within weeks, the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus has circumnavigated the globe, bringing the world to a halt and exposing the fragility of the international legal order. Reflecting on how global health law will emerge in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, it will be crucial to examine the lessons learned in the COVID-19 response and the reforms required to rebuild global health institutions while maintaining core values of human rights, rule of law, and global solidarity in the face of unprecedented threats.

Keywords: Global Health Law, COVID-19, International Health Regulations, World Health Organization

Suggested Citation

Gostin, Lawrence O. and Habibi, Roojin and Meier, Benjamin Mason, Has Global Health Law Risen to Meet the COVID-19 Challenge? Revisiting the International Health Regulations to Prepare for Future Threats (May 10, 2020). Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics (June 2020, Forthcoming), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3598165 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3598165

Lawrence O. Gostin

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