Abstract The advent of the year 2020 marked the confirmation of a novel respiratory virus identified as the Coronavirus. The Coronavirus is believed to have originated from Wuhan, China. It has resulted in over 600 thousand deaths and has placed the world economy in shambles. It is argued that the failure of China to effectively handle the virus in its early stage resulted in the eruption that the world currently suffers. This paper seeks to critically analyse the culpability of China for the spread of Covid-19 by applying the provisions of related international instruments and making recommendations for the reparations that are necessary on the part of China - if it is indeed culpable. Keywords: Culpability, State responsibility, International law, COVID-19, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
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