COVID-19 As a Catalyst for the (Re-)Constitutionalisation of International Law: One Health ─ One Welfare

in Makane Moïse Mbengue and Jean d’Aspremont (eds), International Law and Crisis Narratives (Brill 2021 Forthcoming)

Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law & International Law (MPIL) Research Paper No. 2020-44

14 Pages Posted: 17 Nov 2020

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Anne Peters

Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

Date Written: November 12, 2020

Abstract

The paper recalls that an infectious disease such as COVID-19 hits with disproportionate negative effects the poorer populations and thus exacerbates the wealth and income gap inside and across states. As previous diseases, the pandemic is both a driver and an outcome of international relations. Against the background that the foundations of international law have been laid by infecting the “others”, and that notably zoonoses have stimulated institution-building on the international plane, it is not out of the question that the COVID-19 pandemic will trigger developments in international law. The normative proposal is to modify and operationalise the so-far underdeveloped One Health approach, informed by the international constitutional principle of solidarity.

Keywords: zoonosis, pandemic, wealth gap, animal colonialism, Organisation internationale des Epizooties, wildlife, livestock, solidarity, international constitutional law

Suggested Citation

Peters, Anne, COVID-19 As a Catalyst for the (Re-)Constitutionalisation of International Law: One Health ─ One Welfare (November 12, 2020). in Makane Moïse Mbengue and Jean d’Aspremont (eds), International Law and Crisis Narratives (Brill 2021 Forthcoming), Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law & International Law (MPIL) Research Paper No. 2020-44, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3729488 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3729488

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