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 for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, reaffirm that similar attention should be paid to prevention and preparedness measures that can positively impact potentially affected communities, also in economic terms (for health emergencies see the 2019 report of the Global Preparedness Monitoring Board, co-convened by WHO and the World Bank Group). Measures addressing risk reduction also have international legal implications (Samuel, Aronsson-Storrier & Bookmiller and here) and indeed the International Health Regulations themselves encapsulate this perspective, particularly through their Articles 5 and 13, and Annex 1. However, the implementation of such obligations has suffered from various shortcomings and has not been supported by a substantial monitoring system. The recent focus on such issues by WHO and Member States has resulted in some new initiatives, but ultimately constituted too little and too late.

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Announcement: CfS The Military Law and the Law of War Review

Call for Submissions: The Military Law and the Law of War Review. The Military Law and the Law of War Review / Revue de Droit Militaire et de Droit de la Guerre (MLLWR) is a long-established journal with a specialisation in matters of interest for both legal scholars and civilian and military legal…

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

Hot on the heels on the Oxford Statement on international law rules and principles relating to malicious cyber operations targeting healthcare facilities, just a quick teaser that the next episode of EJIL: The Podcast! will be dealing precisely…

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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 expose a sustained governance flow which the global health security regime builds upon—where national sovereignty has always trumped mutual responsibility. While the nation-state is primarily responsible for the health of…

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The Global Compact for Migration: to sign or not to sign?

The “Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration” (final draft of 13 July 2018) is scheduled for adoption at an intergovernmental conference in Marrakesh in December 2018. But in the run-up to this conference, several states, beginning with the United States already in 2017, now followed…

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The ICRC’s Position on a Functional Approach to Occupation

It is always interesting to observe the evolution of the (infrequent) public official positions that the International Committee of the Red Cross adopts on controversial questions of international humanitarian law. The particular position I’d like to flag is the one on a functional approach to the end of…

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Conflicting Conceptions of Sovereignty: A Response to Professor Blankenagel

  My thanks to EJIL for this opportunity to respond to Professor Alexander Blankenagel’s critique of my article, “The Relationship Between the European Court of Human Rights and the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation: Conflicting Conceptions of Sovereignty in Strasbourg and St. Petersburg.” Although…

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The EU-Turkey Statement: A Treaty That Violates Democracy (Part 1 of 2)

While the terrorist attacks in Brussels understandably attracted most of the attention during the last weeks, migration issues, and particularly the situation in Greece and Turkey, remain high on the EU’s agenda. The EU and Turkey recently stepped-up their cooperation in migration matters by adopting a joint…

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Decline and crisis: a plea for better metaphors and criteria

Note from the Editors:  This week we hold the first EJIL:Talk! Contributing Editors' Debate, where some or all of our distinguished Contributing Editors lend their views on broad themes of international law and the state of the art, science, and discipline of international law.  Our thanks to Andreas…

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Joint Symposium on Chatham House’s Report on Proportionality: Calibrating the Compass of Proportionality

This is the third post in our joint symposium arising out of the publication of the Chatham House report, Proportionality in the Conduct of Hostilities: The Incidental Harm Side of the Assessment, Calibrating the Compass of Proportionality, by Geoff Corn. The full post is available now…

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Dapo Akande

Marko Milanovic

Diane Desierto

Associate Editors:

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Mary Guest

Gail Lythgoe

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Michael Fakhri

Douglas Guilfoyle

Monica Hakimi

Lorna McGregor

Anthea Roberts