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ADVANCED REVIEW - NEED UPDATED VOL/ISSUE NUMBER: The Stellenbosch Consensus on the International Legal Obligation to Collaborate and Assist in Addressing Pandemics

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Author list: Cinà MM, Hoffman SJ, Burci GL, de Campos TC, Chirwa D, Dagron S, Eccleston-Turner M, Forman L, Gostin LO, Habibi R, Meier BM, Negri S, Lic GO, Sekalala S, Taylor A and Yamin AE

Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers

Publication year: 2021

Journal: International Organizations Law Review

ISSN: 1572-3739

eISSN: 1572-3747


The International Health Regulations (ihr), of which the World Health Organization is custodian, govern how countries collectively promote global health security, including prevention, detection, and response to potential global health emergencies such as the ongoing covid-19 pandemic. While Article 44 of this binding legal instrument requires countries to collaborate and assist each other in meeting their respective obligations, recent events demonstrate that the precise nature and scope of these legal obligations are ill-understood. A shared understanding of the level and type of collaboration legally required by the ihr is a necessary step in ensuring these obligations can be acted upon and fully realized, and in fostering global solidarity and resilience in the face of future pandemics. In this consensus statement, public international law scholars specializing in global health consider the legal meaning of Article 44 using the interpretive framework of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties.


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