Solidarity in the Wake of COVID-19: Reimagining the International Health Regulations

The Lancet, 396(10244), 82-83

2 Pages Posted: 25 Feb 2021

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Allyn Taylor

University of Washington - School of Law

Roojin Habibi

York University - Osgoode Hall Law School

Gian Luca Burci

University of Geneva - Graduate Institute, Geneva (IHEID)

Stéphanie Dagron

University of Geneva

Mark Eccleston-Turner

Keele University, Staffordshire, United Kingdom

Lawrence O. Gostin

Georgetown University - Law Center - O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law

Benjamin Mason Meier

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Alexandra Phelan

Georgetown University - The O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law

Pedro A Villarreal

Max Planck Law Network - Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

Alicia Ely Yamin

Harvard University - Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics; Harvard University - Harvard Law School; Partners in Health; Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) - Center on Law and Social Transformation

Danwood Chirwa

University of Cape Town (UCT) - Faculty of Law

Lisa Forman

University of Toronto

Gorik Ooms

Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM)

Sharifah Sekalala

University of Warwick

Steven Hoffman

York University

Date Written: June 19, 2020

Abstract

Amid frenzied national responses to COVID-19, the world could soon reach a critical juncture to revisit and strengthen the International Health Regulations (IHR), the multilateral instrument that governs how 196 states and WHO collectively address the global spread of disease. In many countries, IHR obligations that are vital to an effective pandemic response remain unfulfilled, and the instrument has been largely sidelined in the COVID-19 pandemic, the largest global health crisis in a century. It is time to reimagine the IHR as an instrument that will compel global solidarity and national action against the threat of emerging and re-emerging pathogens. We call on state parties to reform the IHR to improve supervision, international assistance, dispute resolution, and overall textual clarity.

Suggested Citation

Taylor, Allyn and Habibi, Roojin and Burci, Gian Luca and Dagron, Stéphanie and Eccleston-Turner, Mark and Gostin, Lawrence O. and Meier, Benjamin Mason and Phelan, Alexandra and Villarreal, Pedro A and Yamin, Alicia Ely and Chirwa, Danwood and Forman, Lisa and Ooms, Gorik and Sekalala, Sharifah and Hoffman, Steven, Solidarity in the Wake of COVID-19: Reimagining the International Health Regulations (June 19, 2020). The Lancet, 396(10244), 82-83, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3791798

Allyn Taylor (Contact Author)

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Roojin Habibi

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Gian Luca Burci

University of Geneva - Graduate Institute, Geneva (IHEID) ( email )

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Stéphanie Dagron

University of Geneva ( email )

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Mark Eccleston-Turner

Keele University, Staffordshire, United Kingdom ( email )

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Lawrence O. Gostin

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Alexandra Phelan

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Pedro A Villarreal

Max Planck Law Network - Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law ( email )

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Alicia Ely Yamin

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Lisa Forman

University of Toronto ( email )

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Gorik Ooms

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Sharifah Sekalala

University of Warwick ( email )

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Steven Hoffman

York University ( email )

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