School of Transnational Governance

Global Health: Negotiating a New Pandemic Treaty

Programme Start Date



19 & 20 October, 2021

Delivery mode



1.300 €

Early bird

1.000 €

Application Deadline

30/09/2021 - 23:59 Italian time

Programme Description

This executive training program provides a comprehensive understanding of the benefits and drawbacks of adopting a new pandemic convention to ensure the world is better prepared for future pandemics. Do we need a new pandemic treaty? What would it, or should it, include? What are the benefits of adopting a new pandemic convention as opposed to revising existing arrangements? Are there any drawbacks? The executive training will provide participants with an in-depth, critical appreciation of the proposal for a new pandemic convention to strengthen global health security. Drawing from some of the world’s leading experts in international law, public health, and global health governance, the program will also give negotiators and interested parties an advanced understanding of the World Health Organization’s constitutional authority to adopt legal instruments, consider the scope of issues to be addressed under a new pandemic convention, and critically weigh the benefits and drawbacks of adopting any new instruments versus revising existing arrangements ahead of the Special Session of the World Health Assembly from 29 November to 1 December where proposals for a new pandemic convention are being discussed.

Main Topics

  • Issue-related matters: slow moving phenomena versus acute, fast moving pathogens; preparedness versus crisis response capabilities; OneHealth versus human health; enhancing access to medicines and related medical countermeasures; financing global health security; information-sharing, genomic sequencing and data analysis; enhancing compliance with international instruments;
  • Process-related matters: such as the level of inclusivity in negotiations and whether any new instruments are negotiated exclusively by states, or whether non-state actors will also be involved; the interoperability and complementarity of any new legal instrument with existing treaties and the potential for norm conflict; and the scope and threshold of any new instrument’s enactment.

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop an advanced understanding of the World Health Organization’s constitutional authority to adopt legal frameworks that address cross-border health issues;
  • Gain an in-depth appreciation of the process and scope of issues to be considered for inclusion within legal instruments designed to enhance pandemic preparedness;
  • Learn to critically evaluate the potential benefits and drawbacks of adopting a new treaty against revising and updating existing arrangements.

Who Should Attend

  • Government officials
  • Representatives from intergovernmental organisations
  • Civil society activists
  • Private industry employees that work or have interests in global health security


  • Portrait picture of Adam Kamradt-Scott

    Adam Kamradt-Scott

    Incoming Chair in Public Health at the EUI’s School of Transnational Governance

  • Portrait picture of Rebecca Katz

    Rebecca Katz

    Georgetown University Center for Global Health Science and Security

  • Portrait picture of Gian Luca Burci

    Gian Luca Burci

    Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies


Fee 1.300 €

Early bird 1.000 €

Early Bird Fee Deadline: 1 September 2021, 11:59 PM CET


Hybrid Delivery Mode

This executive training will take place in Florence, Italy, at the European University Institute. In cases of travel restrictions or other difficulties, it will be possible to join the programme online. The same registration fee will apply regardless of the mode of participation.


Application deadline:
30/09/2021 - 23:59 Italian time

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