Covid-19 Pandemic: An Evaluation of China’s State Responsibility under International Law

Publication Date : 05/12/2020

Author(s) :

Morenike Oluwapelumi Oyeleke.

Volume/Issue :
Volume 1
Issue 1
(12 - 2020)

Abstract :

Abstract The world we have today has become a stage where almost all its actors are grappling with a common enemy – Coronavirus or COVID-19. The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a huge toll on international relations and has caused unprecedented disruptions in the economic, political and social lives of people across the globe, with over 15 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and 636,978 related deaths as at the time of writing. This wide scale of damage has raised the question of China’s responsibility and potential liability under international law for its role in the spread of the virus, and has also led to repeated calls for reparations to affected countries. This paper attempts to explore the concept of “State Responsibility” under public international law and examines whether China can be made culpable for its failure to prevent the spread of the outbreak internally and externally across international borders. Keywords: COVID-19, International Law, State Responsibility, Reparations

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