The Final Act: Exploring the End of Pandemics

Forthcoming 114 (3) American Journal of International Law (2020)

University of Cambridge Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 27/2020

19 Pages Posted: 21 Jul 2020

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Federica Paddeu

Queens' College, University of Cambridge

Michael Waibel

University of Vienna - Faculty of Law

Date Written: July 15, 2020

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Paddeu, Federica and Waibel, Michael, The Final Act: Exploring the End of Pandemics (July 15, 2020). Forthcoming 114 (3) American Journal of International Law (2020), University of Cambridge Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 27/2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3652465 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3652465

Federica Paddeu (Contact Author)

Queens' College, University of Cambridge ( email )

Silver Street
Cambridge, CB3 9ET
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://www.law.cam.ac.uk/people/academic/fi-paddeu/2208

Michael Waibel

University of Vienna - Faculty of Law ( email )

Schottenbastei 10-16
Vienna, A-1010
Austria

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