Not Immune: Exploring Liability of Authoritarian Regimes for the COVID-19 Pandemic and Its Cover-Up   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Executive Summary: "China and Iran have both come under criticism for their regimes' handling of the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic and the massive resulting global harm caused by cover-up and obfuscation when responsible action could have contained the virus. A number of voices have proposed that these regimes should be held legally (and financially) liable for the spread of COVID-19 around the globe. In an April report by the Henry Jackson Society, researchers found that measures taken to that point by the G7 [Group of Seven] countries alone amounted to US$4 trillion - and that was before many of these countries announced additional measures. The report proposed that action be taken to seek compensation for that amount from the Chinese regime. [...] This paper makes the case that governments (and in some cases, citizens) have a variety legal avenues that could, and should, be pursued in order to seek accountability from China and Iran for the global spread of COVID-19."

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