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The IDLP Co-sponsors the Vanderbilt Symposium on Legal Issues in the Wake of Disasters

The IDLP Co-sponsors the Vanderbilt Symposium on Legal Issues in the Wake of Disasters

  On 13 February 2015, the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law convenes, in co-sponsorship with the Roma Tre unit of the IDLP, a Symposium entitled “This is Not a Drill: Confronting Legal Issues in the Wake of International Disasters” at the School of Law of the Vanderbilt University of Nashville, USA. Prof. Giulio Bartolini – IDLP unit coordinator -will participate as a speaker in the panel devoted to disaster assistance. The Symposium, which also includes as panelists dr. Eduardo Valencia Ospina (ILC Special Rapporteur), David Fisher (IFRC) and leading scholars in the field of disaster law, posits that recent and dire international disasters, both environmental and humanitarian, have left legacies not only of destruction and destitution, but also of an uncertain legal landscape. For these reasons, the Symposium will address current and pressing international-disaster-response topics, including environmental effects, disaster assistance, humanitarian assistance, and criminal processes and sanctions in the wake of various types of international...

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“EU Aid Volunteers” Initiative Enters New Phase

On 20 November 2014 the European Commission has adopted Implementing Regulation No 1244/2014 which lays down the rules for the implementation of Regulation No 375/2014 establishing the European Voluntary Humanitarian Aid Corps (‘EU Aid Volunteers initiative’). The “EU Aid Volunteers” initiative has been developed by the European Union’s Humanitarian Office (DG ECHO) to contribute to the EU’s humanitarian efforts in the following areas: disaster preparedness, disaster risk reduction and by enhancing the link between relief, rehabilitation and development. This will be done through the deployment of EU Aid Volunteers in countries where the EU is delivering humanitarian assistance. For more info click...

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The New IDL Working Paper on Famine Crisis Is Out

The second Working Paper of the International Law and Disasters Working Paper Series is out. Authored by Mr. Alessandro Tonutti, Ph.D. candidate at the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, the Working Paper is entitled ‘Famine Crisis and International Crimes’ and investigates to what extent disasters such as famine and drought crisis might be used by States to implement a policy of displacement, dispossession and elimination. The Paper analyses in particular two case studies, i.e. Darfur and North...

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The “DL Essay Contest” is Now Open!

The “DL Essay Contest” is Now Open!

  The IDL Project is pleased to announce the launch of the “First Annual International and Comparative Disaster Law Essay Contest”. The Contest is co-sponsored by the International Federation of the Red Cross, the IDL Project itself, the American Society of International Law Disaster Law Interest Group, with the support of the San Remo International Institute of Humanitarian Law. The purpose of the Contest is to promote creative thinking and analysis about disasters in under-graduate and graduate students, both from an international and comparative perspectives. The Contest rules are the following: The contest is open only to students enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at any university (anywhere in the world) at the time of submission; Essays may examine any issue related to law and disasters due to natural hazards, but must do so either from a comparative or an international law perspective, or both. Comparative essays should examine laws or legal issues from no less than three countries; Papers must be written solely by the candidate(s), in English, and may not have been submitted for publication elsewhere; Submissions may range from 5,000 to 10,000 words, including footnotes; The deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m. Central European Time, 30 January 2015; The top prize will include fully sponsored participation in the week-long annual disaster law course in beautiful Sanremo, Italy in April 2015, co-organized by the IDL Project and the IFRC; Essays should be submitted to disaster.law@ifrc.org as Microsoft Word attachments. In the subject line, please state “Submission: International and Comparative Disaster Law Essay Contest”. Questions may be directed to the same email address. Though participants are free to choose any topic related to law and disasters, the following list provides few potential themes as a way of illustration: What impact do existing disaster law treaties have on domestic disaster management? Can mandatory insurance rules reduce disaster risks in developing countries? Is there a customary duty to seek international assistance when local resources are overcome by a disaster? How can legislation improve post-disaster economic recovery? Should the rules for humanitarian assistance be different in conflicts and disasters? What is the role of domestic courts in improving the safety and resilience of communities? What are the pros and cons of a rights-based approach to disaster response? What are the prospects for a comprehensive global treaty on international disaster assistance? Should there be a global system of certifying humanitarian NGOs? Why aren’t land use...

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Dr. Claudia Morini New Article on World Heritage and Disasters

Dr. Claudia Morini paper entitled “The Protection of the World Heritage from Natural and Man-made Disasters’ Risk” has been just published in Andrea Cannone (ed), La Protezione internazionale ed europea dei beni culturali (2014, Cacucci Editore). The purpose of the paper is to give an overview of the international legal framework protecting World Heritage sites in the event of natural and man-made disasters and to give practical examples of the consequences of catastrophic events on World Heritage. More information of the volume can be accessed...

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Dr. Bartolini and dr. Casolari participate in the Italian Consensus Conference on Emergences, Humanitarian Assistance and Development

Dr. Bartolini and dr. Casolari participate in the Italian Consensus Conference on Emergences, Humanitarian Assistance and Development

Created in 2010, the Co.n.s.en.s.u.s. – Italian National Conference on Emergences, Humanitarian Assistance and Development aims at bringing together different Italian actors involved in humanitarian assistance in the aftermath of disasters. This year Conference will take place in Milan at the Azienda Ospedaliera Niguarda Ca’ Grande from 24 to 26 October 2014. Among other panels and workshop (the Programme can be visited here), this year Conference will devote an entire sessionto themes concerning IDL. The session, in which dr. Giulio Bartolini and dr. Federico Casolari – respectively coordinators of IDL Project Units Uniroma 3 and University of Bologna – will participate as panelists together with Milena Cisilino – responsible person for IDRL related matters of the Italian Red Cross – will take place on 25 October 2014 at...

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