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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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COVID-19, Consent and Coercion: New United Nations Guidance on Less Lethal Weapons in Law Enforcement in the context of the coronavirus

Thirty years have elapsed since the United Nations Basic Principles on the Use of Force and Firearms by Law Enforcement Officials (Basic Principles) were first adopted. Yet, as…

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A Reference to the ICJ for an Advisory Opinion over COVID-19 Pandemic

Much has been said about the ICJ’s contentious jurisdiction in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, stressing in this respect the problem of the State’s acceptance of jurisdiction…

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Do We Need an International Commission of Inquiry for COVID-19? Part II

In Part I, I discussed what type of mandate an international commission of inquiry for COVID-19 might cover and who could establish such a body. Part II considers…

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Do We Need an International Commission of Inquiry for COVID-19? Part I

As the COVID-19 pandemic dominates daily life, questions abound. How did the virus start and spread? How can the problem be managed and an effective treatment or vaccine…

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Non-refoulement During a Health Emergency

The rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus worldwide has sparked continuous scientific debates about the impact of the health emergency and its legal implications. In an attempt…

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Will COVID-19 usher on another decade of austerity within the United Kingdom? What does this mean for the protection of economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR)?

A Brief Background As of April 28th 2020, there had been 21,678 COVID-19 related deaths within UK hospitals, bringing the scale of the UK pandemic on par…

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EJIL: The Podcast! WHO Let the Bats Out?

Episode 2 of EJIL: The Podcast! is now available. In this episode, Sarah Nouwen, Marko Milanovic, Philippa Webb and I, are joined by Gian Luca Burci, former Legal…

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Beyond War Talk: Laying Bare the Structural Violence of the Pandemic

There has been much discussion about the importance of frames on our understanding of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the existing legal, political and economic…

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How to Protect Human Rights in Times of Corona? Lessons from the Inter-American Human Rights System

The American Convention on Human Rights (ACHR) has weathered many storms in its fifty years of existence. However, the challenges which arise from the Corona pandemic are unprecedented,…

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