International Law and the Pandemic: Systemic-Deontological Remarks

Henrique Marcos, Wagner Menezes

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Abstract

This paper reflects on International Law against the COVID-19 pandemic. First, the article examines the role of International Law before the COVID-19 pandemic, focusing mainly on the regulatory framework available to the World Health Organization (WHO). Then, based on the examination of the stance of some States in the face of the pandemic and the action of the WHO, the text points out evidence that the current geopolitical conjuncture still holds national sovereignty as a maxim. Further, the document explains how maintaining the primacy of sovereignty is not an adequate strategy to deal with contemporary times' global challenges. Finally, the article highlights the relevance of assuming a systemic perspective in the practice of contemporary International Law, which, despite its flaws, should still be used as an instrument for peace and international cooperation.
Translated title of the contributionInternational Law and the Pandemic: Systemic-Deontological Remarks
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)43-78
Number of pages35
JournalRevista da Faculdade de Direito da Universidade Federal de Uberlândia
Volume48
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 Dec 2020

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Public International Law
  • World Health Organization

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