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Становление и развитие международно-правового противодействия инфекционным заболеваниям

Infectious diseases are a significant danger for every country in the world. Active spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) today is another striking example of the issue. States have long been making joint efforts to achieve effective results in combating infectious diseases through the adoption legal and various other measures. The paper gains an insight in the theoretical issue of the key developments that occurred in the field of study throughout history. It improves understanding of importance of main goals that states pursued while developing international law. In order to achieve such results, the main international legal documents adopted throughout history in this area, and their contents are analyzed. Throughout history three main historical phases identified. Two very opposite approaches on combating infectious diseases were found by the author in legal documents. The analysis indicates that currently international cooperation, the involvement of states in joint activities to combat diseases in the framework of international organizations has increased. However, highly criticized approach based on Westphalian principles is still underlines international regulations on combating infectious diseases. The methods employed in the paper include inductive and deductive analyses, as well as historical and teleological method. The work is the starting point for further research in this area.