Can the United States Sue China Over COVID-19 in an International Court? [July 24, 2020] [open pdf - 650KB]
From the Document: "Some Members of Congress assert that China should bear international legal responsibility for its alleged role in failing to contain the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic in its early weeks. Proposed options to impose accountability include initiating investigations of China, giving the President authority to impose COVID-19-related sanctions, reforming World Health Organization (WHO) regulations, and narrowing China's foreign sovereign immunity so that it could face litigation in U.S. courts. In addition to these proposals, some Members of Congress have urged the United States to sue China in an international forum for damages arising from COVID-19's spread. [...] This Sidebar examines these legal questions and discusses whether an international forum would hear a dispute over China's alleged failure to comply with IHR [International Health Regulations] (2005)'s notification and information-sharing requirements."
CRS Legal Sidebar, LSB10525
Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/