Global Epidemic: Coronavirus, the Law and the Economy

9 Pages Posted: 20 May 2020

Date Written: April 15, 2020


Following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in Wuhan, China, the virus spread like wildfire and as a result, the world has been recording daily fatalities in thousands. In a bid to curb the spread of the virus, containment measures have been adopted by several countries, and this has grounded the global economy to a halt. Stock market prices have plunged, global industries have been badly hit, and global integration has not been spared either. This has led to the clamour for the implementation of effective measures to mitigate the current and possible future effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the global economy. As such, this essay shall attempt a critical examination of the effects of coronavirus on the global economy and establish a linkage between these effects and the position of the law as a tool of mitigation.

Keywords: Coronavirus, Law, Economy, Bankruptcy

JEL Classification: K2

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Komolafe, Oyin, Global Epidemic: Coronavirus, the Law and the Economy (April 15, 2020). Available at SSRN: or

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