The Final Act: Exploring the End of Pandemics
Forthcoming 114 (3) American Journal of International Law (2020)
19 Pages Posted: 21 Jul 2020
Date Written: July 15, 2020
This contribution considers how adjudicators could determine the end of the SARS-Cov-2 pandemic. Considerable work examines the beginning and existence of pandemics and emergencies. By contrast, when either of these two phenomena end remains underexplored – creating legal uncertainty. This article reviews how pandemics as biological and social events, end, considers how international bodies have approached the end of emergencies, and assesses what this might mean for adjudicators deciding on the end of the SARS-Cov-2 pandemic and related public health emergency.
Keywords: SARS-Cov-2, pandemic, endemic, emergency, International Health Regulations, State Responsibility, defenses
JEL Classification: I18, K33
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