Conferenza / Incontro

Reforming International Health Law: Towards a New Era of Pandemic Response?

Guest Lecture Series
UNSPLASH © Ph. Daniel Schl
31 maggio 2022
Orario di inizio 
Palazzo Paolo Prodi - Via Tommaso Gar 14, Trento
Room 001
Organizzato da: 
School of International Studies
Ingresso libero


The guest lecture will discuss ongoing reform processes of existing international law rules regarding the cross-border spread of disease. The focus will be on the legal instruments within the World Health Organization, namely the International Health Regulations (IHR) of 2005 and a new Convention on pandemic preparedness and response. The presentation will address different aspects of these parallel reform processes, including some key challenges for their approval.  


Pedro A. Villarreal, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (Heidelberg, Germany)


Pedro A. Villarreal is a Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law. He conducts research on international and comparative law on human health issues, as well as the intersections with international economic law. He received his PhD in Law from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). His book, "Pandemics and Law: A Global Governance Perspective" (published in 2019 in Spanish) was awarded the Prize for the Best Doctoral Dissertation in Law and Social Sciences at said University. He is a member, among other associations, of the Global Health Law Consortium, the Global Health Law Committee of the International Law Association, and the German Alliance for Global Health Research. He is currently member of the editorial board of the Oxford Compendium of National Legal Responses to COVID-19.