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By Akshita Tiwary
Akshita Tiwary is a 3rd year law student at Government Law College, Mumbai, India. She serves as an Assistant Editor for JURIST, University of Pittsburgh, and is keenly interested in international law, human rights and constitutional law. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Covid-19 pandemic continues to disrupt lives all over the world. Millions of people have died and the global economy is witnessing a severe recession due to the imposition of lockdowns across nations [1,2]. Little did anyone expect that a virus in Wuhan would culminate into a pandemic of such magnitude. Nonetheless, it cannot be denied that China’s delay in reporting the virus to the World Health Organisation (WHO) and its initial downplay of its severity lead to a deferred response worldwide . This resulted in the virus taking the shape of a global pandemic due to increased spread. In light of such negligence, China can be held liable under the International Law Commission’s (ILC) Articles on State Responsibility for the spread of Covid-19.
VIOLATIONS UNDER THE INTERNATIONAL HEALTH REGULATIONS (2005)