First informal, focused consultation in relation to a new international instrument on pandemic prevention, preparedness and response: legal matters

At its second meeting, the Intergovernmental Negotiating Body to draft and negotiate a WHO convention, agreement or other international instrument on pandemic prevention, preparedness and response (INB) decided that the INB Bureau would conduct
informal, focused consultations (IFCs) with experts, open to all WHO Member States and relevant stakeholders, on selected key issues.

All IFCs will be fully virtual, with interpretation in all WHO official languages. Each will be chaired by an INB Bureau Co-chair and will have two parts:

  1. an interactive, moderated roundtable between independent experts during which the moderator will ask questions and stimulate input from and dialogue between the experts; and
  2. a discussion and reflection session, for Member States and relevant stakeholders, where questions and reflections may be sent through email or the meeting “chat” function.

There will be four IFCs. The first will focus on legal matters.

Time and date: 14:00-17:00, 21 September 2022.

Topics to be covered

  • Relationship between the pandemic agreement and other instruments, notably the International Health Regulations
  • Sovereignty
  • Institutional arrangements and alternatives
  • Structural and framework considerations
  • Ratification/accession
  • Entry into force

Chair: Ms Precious Matsoso, INB Bureau Co-Chair

Moderator: Ms Emma Ross, Senior Research Fellow, Chatham House, Royal Institute of International Affairs, London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Participating experts

External

  • Dr Ayelet Berman, National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • Professor Gian Luca Burci, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Switzerland
  • Professor Claudio Grossman, United Nations’ International Law Commission; American University Washington College of Law, United States of America
  • Professor Sam Halabi, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University, United States of America 
  • Professor Danwood Mzikenge Chirwa, Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • Professor Nilüfer Oral, United Nations’ International Law Commission; Centre for International Law, National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • Professor Matiangai Sirleaf, Francis King Carey School of Law, The University of Maryland, United States of America
  • Professor Nguyễn Hồng Thao, United Nations’ International Law Commission; Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam and National University of Hanoi, Vietnam 
  • Dr Pedro Villarreal, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Germany

 WHO Secretariat

  • Mr Steven Solomon, Principal Legal Officer, WHO Office of the Legal Counsel

Additional information

Mindful of the informal nature of the IFCs and the goal of stimulating full and frank discussion, the following will apply to all IFC sessions:

  • discussions at IFC sessions, including among participating experts, will in no way prejudice the positions of Member States or any other session participants;
  • no comment or question presented by session participants, including Member States, during the IFCs, will imply a view or position of Member States or other session participants; and
  • expert presentations will be provided solely for the consideration of Member States and will not themselves be sources of input to the Conceptual zero draft. 

 

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