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Responsibilities of State Actors in Pandemic Preparedness an

Responsibilities of State Actors in Pandemic Preparedness and Response
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 | 1:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

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The COVID-19 global pandemic has emerged as the single greatest challenge to the global community in the history of the United Nations, causing death and serious illness for millions of people, with heightened risks for vulnerable populations and those in humanitarian and emergency situations worldwide. The threat posed by novel viruses and the complexities of pandemic disaster response and vaccine distribution precipitate the occasion to reflect upon the duties and obligations of states, whose responses are guided by legal frameworks pertaining to responsibility for measures to protect the life and health of populations within and, in certain contexts, outside of their borders.

In the recent event “Legal Implications of the Pandemic: A Ten Month Assessment,” hosted on the margins of the Sixth Committee of the General Assembly in its seventy-fifth session, members of the International Law Commission were invited to provide initial reflections upon the complexities and challenges encountered in every area of the law with respect to the far reaching consequences of pandemic. The present panel undertakes to continue this fecund exploratory dialogue by considering aspects of the responsibilities and duties of governments in pandemic context with respect to public health response, through reflections upon of various sources of law governing duties, responsibility and remedy.

José Enrique Alvarez, Professor of International Law at New York University. Former president of the American Society of International Law and previous co-editor-in-chief of the American Journal of International Law; member of the Institut de Droit International and Council of Foreign Relations

Charles Chernor Jalloh
, Professor of law at Florida International University, a member of the International Law Commission and the founding editor-in-chief of the African Journal of Legal Studies and the African Journal of International Criminal Justice. School of Law, where he was selected as the Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney Faculty Scholar for 2013-2014
Patrícia Galvão Teles
, Professor of International Law Autonomous University of Lisbon and member of the International Law Commission. Senior Legal Consultant at the Department of Legal Affairs, Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Claudio Grossman Guillof, Dean emeritus of the Washington College of Law of American University and member of the International Law Commission. Vice chair of the UN Committee Against Torture (2003-2008); former member of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (1993-2001)

Sponsoring Committees:
Council on International Affairs, Michael D. Cooper, Chair
Health Law, Brian T. McGovern & Heather A. Hatcher, Co-Chairs
International Human Rights Law, Lauren Melkus, Chair
International Law, Ulyana Bardyn, Chair
United Nations, Clayton T. Cheney, Chair

Co-Sponsoring Organization:
American Society of International Law
Barinu Institute for Economic Development
Center for International Law and Policy in Africa

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