Source: Jerusalem Post, By JERUSALEM POST STAFF MAY 12, 2020 22:17
State sponsors of terrorism can be held liable for the terror acts they support and finance. So, can China face legal liability for its role in the global coronavirus pandemic?
Can Beijing face legal liability for its role in the global coronavirus pandemic?
Or, as a sovereign state, can it merely assert immunity and avoid litigation?
These are the questions being asked as the fallout from the coronavirus wreaks havoc on lives and the global economy.
“Generally, sovereign states have immunity that allows them to avoid being sued in court,” explained attorney Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, president of Shurat HaDin. “There is an exception under American law, however, that state sponsors of terrorism can be held liable for the terror acts they support and finance. This exception has allowed Shurat HaDin to represents terror victims in cases against North Korea, Syria and Iran.”
Could it work with China?
Darshan-Leitner said that people are approaching Shurat HaDin and asking whether China’s failure to act might constitute a breach of its duty under international law that could open it up to paying damages.
During the panel, she and other experts will tackle the issue.
Among those expected to participate are US Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee), former US National Security Adviser John Bolton and attorneys Gordon G. Chang and John B. Bellinger, III.