State Obligations Under Public International Law During Pandemics
15 Pages Posted: 30 Jun 2020
Date Written: June 27, 2020
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
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