Freya Jephcott


Freya Jephcott is a Research Fellow in Emerging Infectious Diseases at Queens' College, Cambridge, and a member of the University of Cambridge's Disease Dynamics Unit. In addition to doing research on public health responses to outbreaks of unknown aetiology, she also performs intermittent applied work for the World Health Organization (WHO) and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), including working as a Manager of Epidemiological Activities on two recent Ebola outbreaks.

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COVID-19 and Defences in the Law of State Responsibility: Part II

In our previous post, we considered whether States could rely on the plea of force majeure in respect of non-performance of international obligations connected to their efforts to contain the COVID-19. We concluded that force majeure might not provide a defence to States since their measures in addressing the spread of the virus were voluntary measures. In this…

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COVID-19 and Defences in the Law of State Responsibility: Part I

As at 16 March 2020, there were nearly 165.000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and 6.470 deaths in 146 countries or territories. The outbreak was declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern by the Director-General of the WHO on 30 January 2020 which, according to the 2005 International Health Regulations, is an ‘extraordinary event’ which,…

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