fredag 1. mai 2020

Coronavirus: a US state looks to sue China, but will it have its day in court?

When the state of Missouri filed suit in US federal court against China, alleging it was liable for the human and economic losses the coronavirus pandemic has wreaked on state residents, the suit was shrugged off as a political stunt. The attorney general, Eric Schmitt, a Republican, was running for re-election, and under international and US law, China, its agencies and officials, have immunity from such suits.

However, in filing the case, Schmitt and his office took care to lay out particular causes of action – Chinese officials denied the risk of human-to-human transmission, silenced whistle-blowers, violated international public health reporting regulations, and allowed the coronavirus to spread across the world – all with an eye towards getting legal traction.