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Seeking responsibilities for Covid-19 under international law: Is it possible and is it appropriate?
Is China responsible, under international law, for the Covid-19 pandemic and its consequences worldwide? This question has been intensely, and often emotionally, debated within the legal community in the last few weeks. However, even if there seems to be little doubt that the pandemic first appeared in China, engaging international responsibility and seeking redress for the consequences of the pandemic are far from straightforward. This webinar seeks to provide some clarifications on the notion of international responsibility, how it works and what it can achieve. We will discuss whether China, other States, and international organisations acted in breach of their international obligations before and during the outbreak of Covid-19, whether and how responsibilities could be sought before international courts and tribunals, and whether it is appropriate to respond to the current health situation through legal actions seeking to establish responsibility and to obtain reparations.

May 29, 2020 09:30 AM in Paris

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