GSL's Ali Tejpar presents on Canada breaking international law during Ebola crisis at CCGH conference

October 29, 2017
Ali Tejpar

On October 29th, GSL Legal Research Assistant Ali Tejpar presented at the Canadian Conference on Global Health: Leaving No One Behind? Reflections for Action in a Changing World, along with global health experts from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Afghanistan, on Canada's violation of international law during the 2014-16 West African Ebola crisis. The paper Tejpar presented, titled “Canada’s Violation of International Law during the 2014–16 Ebola Outbreak” and co-authored by Director Steven Hoffman, explores how Canada's visa restrictions targeting Ebola-affected countries failed to meet the International Health Regulations (IHR) requirements and therefore violated international law. The article specifically notes that Canada's response went against public health authorities' consensus views, scientific evidence on disease transmission, and the WHO's recommendations. Overall, Tejpar and Hoffman insist that “Canada must lead by example and abide by international law, including the IHR, instead of picking and choosing which rules to follow and thereby encouraging other countries to do the same.” Read the open access article here.