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COVID-19 and the WHO’s Political Moment

In its Preamble, the Constitution of the World Health Organization (WHO) states that “[t]he achievement of any State in the promotion and protection of health is of value…

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The right to enter his or her own country

The tension between the right of the State to regulate entry into its jurisdiction and the right of the individual to move freely has come to the fore…

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The WHO: The Guardian of Human Rights during Pandemics?

On May 18, President Trump tweeted a 4-page letter addressed to the WHO, threatening to cut funding to the organization and reconsider the United States’ membership within…

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Justified Border Closures do not violate the International Health Regulations 2005

Rapidly developing pandemics require governments to use their best endeavours to protect their populations.  International law permits them to do this provided they observe certain conditions, but limits…

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The USA and the World Health Organization: What has President Trump actually decided and what are its consequences?

On Friday 29 May 2020, during a press statement denouncing China’s alleged “total control” of WHO, President Trump declared that “because they [WHO] have failed to make the…

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Are You Ready for a Pandemic? The International Health Regulations Put to the Test of Their ‘Core Capacity Requirements’

Legal analyses of the Covid-19 pandemic have mainly addressed measures adopted in response to this event. However, institutional agendas related to disasters, such as the Sendai Framework…

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Cyber Attacks and Cyber (Mis)information Operations during a Pandemic

Hot on the heels on the Oxford Statement on international…

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Why the WHO is failing and how to fix it

The maligned World Health Organization (WHO) faces its biggest crisis since its inception in 1948. Critical questions about whether China reported the novel coronavirus to the WHO promptly…

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The Failure to Pursue the Mandates of International Organizations in the Midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic

This blogpost is a reaction to the last episode of EJIL: The Podcast!, in which the brilliant discussion on the role of the World Health Organization (WHO)…

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Pandemic Intrigue in Geneva: COVID-19 and the 73rd World Health Assembly

The 73rd World Health Assembly took place on 18 and 19 May, 2020. It is a yearly gathering of all 194 Member States of the World Health…

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