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International Law between Covid-19 and the next Pandemic


Peters,  Anne
Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Max Planck Society;

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Peters, A. (2022). International Law between Covid-19 and the next Pandemic. MPIL Research Paper Series, 2022-18. doi:10.2139/ssrn.4174155.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-000F-1082-B
What is the potentially lasting impact of the Covid-19 crisis on public international law. What will have changed after the pandemic? This contribution explores the repercussions of the pandemic on international law at large and on global governance in its interaction with domestic law. Section I recalls that the pandemic is an epitome of the dark sides of globalisation. It also examines whether and how international law has functioned as a benchmark for state behaviour before and during the pandemic. Section II explores the international legal mechanisms employed for combatting the pandemic. Section III analyses the pandemic juncture in fact and law and does not find any radical renewal but only meek reforms. Section IV predicts and evaluates future trends in international law marked by the pandemic. It concludes that the pandemic has not undermined the fundamentals of international law. Instead, only incremental change is visible. The path towards a more social and more ecocentric international legal order remains steep.