AN ASSESMENT OF THE EFFICACY OF INTERNATIONAL LAW IN HOLDING NATIONS LIABLE FOR INTERNATIONAL DISASTERS: CHINA AND CORONAVIRUS AS CASE STUDIES

Publication Date : 19/10/2020


Author(s) :

DAMILARE O. DISU.


Volume/Issue :
Volume 1
,
Issue 1
(10 - 2020)



Abstract :

Abstract The huge loss of lives and economic tragedy triggered by the global spread of the Covid-19 pandemic has led many to finger China’s initial response as being responsible for the global disaster occasioned by the virus. Consequently, several countries have called for an independent investigation of China’s management of the crisis. As a result, actions have been filed across the world with the object of holding China liable for the crisis. The efficacy of these actions and the possibility of holding China culpable have thus engaged the minds of international law enthusiasts. Stemming from the above, this paper assesses China’s culpability by the principle of state responsibility under international law. The paper concludes that although grounds exist for China’s culpability, the frailty of international law has made this difficult, if not impossible. Keywords: State Responsibility, International Law, China, Coronavirus, and Economy


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