Do We Need an International Commission of Inquiry for COVID-19?

EJIL:Talk! (May 2020)

7 Pages Posted: 21 May 2020 Last revised: 20 Jul 2020

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Michael A Becker

Trinity College Dublin, School of Law; University of Cambridge, Faculty of Law

Date Written: May 21, 2020

Abstract

This paper considers whether the COVID-19 pandemic requires the establishment of an international commission of inquiry. It considers the reasons to pursue inquiry rather than litigation and what an inquiry's mandate might contain, including how much the inquiry should focus on international law or state responsibility. It then considers who could create such a body, what its composition might look like, different working methods, and how to maximise co-operation. Overall, a forward-looking inquiry aimed at improving global preparedness may be more prudent and realistic than a mechanism focused on legal wrongdoing.

Keywords: COVID-19, international law, commission of inquiry, fact-finding, WHO, coronavirus

Suggested Citation

Becker, Michael, Do We Need an International Commission of Inquiry for COVID-19? (May 21, 2020). EJIL:Talk! (May 2020), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3606983 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3606983

Michael Becker (Contact Author)

Trinity College Dublin, School of Law ( email )

D2
Ireland

University of Cambridge, Faculty of Law ( email )

Cambridge
United Kingdom

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