Sequel to the global emergence of the Coronavirus – officially named COVID-19 and originating from China – which has engulfed over 100 countries; with the loss thousands of lives, livelihoods, and several economic disruptions, this essay seeks to analyse China’s culpability for the spread of the virus. The essay examines this culpability under international law and, specifically, through the principle of State responsibility. It also considers the fundamental counterarguments against culpability, especially in the light of the general unwillingness of nations to point fingers. In the end, the author finds that while there are certain elements reflecting China’s culpability, the absence of definitive facts impedes a wholesome and air-tight culpability assessment.
Keywords: International Law, State Responsibility, Force Majeure, No Harm Rule
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UNILAG Law Review, (2021) Volume 4 Edition 2
About the Author
Habeeb Asudemade is a highly versatile and diligent final year law student with demonstrated interests in Law, Leadership, Policymaking, and Community Service. He is a 2019 Nigeria Higher Education Foundation (NHEF) scholar. He can be contacted via email: firstname.lastname@example.org