This OpEd is part of the Issam Fares Institute opinion articles series published weekly. This article is written by Sami Mahroum, Professor of Innovation & Policy at the Free University of Brussels and Senior Policy Fellow at the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy & International Affairs at the American University of Beirut.
COVID-19 has continued to be perceived as a force majeure and an ‘act of God’ despite causing tremendous losses in life and livelihoods across the globe. But this might not be the case for much longer and it shouldn’t. Lawsuits against governments are beginning to be filed. In France
, six lawsuits against the government were filed, accusing it of negligence and failing to act quickly. In the US
, a class-lawsuit by a conservative advocacy group has been filed against the Chinese government for conspiracy and another one by New York City residents
suing the WHO. In the UK, a Conservative Thinktank
posted that there are legal grounds for suing the Chinese Government for its (mis)handling of the COVID-19 outbreak.
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