State Obligations Under Public International Law During Pandemics

15 Pages Posted: 30 Jun 2020

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Michaela S. Halpern

Queen Mary University of London, Centre for Commercial Law Studies

Date Written: June 27, 2020

Abstract

Do countries have obligations under public international law to prevent and contain a disease and to help other countries during pandemics? COVID-19 became an international pandemic that affected every country and threatened global economic collapse. International Human Rights law recognizes a right to health and contains obligations but there lacks a sufficient enforcement mechanism. Pandemics are analogous to war, therefore the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) can help. Used to protect from atrocities of humankind, R2P is not just a responsibility to protect from the worst that humankind has to offer but from the worst that can be offered to humankind.

Keywords: public international law, responsibility to protect, human rights, humanitarian law, pandemics, health

Suggested Citation

Halpern, Michaela S., State Obligations Under Public International Law During Pandemics (June 27, 2020). Emory International Law Review, Vol. 35, 2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3636848

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