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Silvia Scarpa’s Article on Minors and Disasters

Dr. Silvia Scarpa, member of the Uninettuno Unit, has just published in the Journal of International Humanitarian Legal Studies an article entitled ‘Guaranteeing the Broadest Protection to Minors in the Aftermath of Disasters: Re-Framing the  International Discussion in Terms of Child Abduction, Sale, and Trafficking’. The article aims at demonstrating that a more effective and comprehensive protection of minors in the aftermath of disasters can be guaranteed by first re-framing the discussion of relevant actors in the field on those ‘umbrella terms’ such as abduction, sale, and trafficking of children. The article therefore discusses the definition of mentioned ‘umbrella terms’ and recommends all relevant actors to follow the proposed framework in order to achieve greater consistency. S. Scarpa, ‘Guaranteeing the Broadest Protection to Minors in the Aftermath of Disasters: Re-Framing the International Discussion in Terms of Child Abduction, Sale, and Trafficking’, in 4 Journal of International Legal Studies (2013)...

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Chiavari Conference on the Red Cross New Committment Towards Disaster Victims

On 10 May 2014 a conference entitled “After 150 Years from the First Geneva Convention, the Red Cross is Committed to Protect Disaster Victims” will be held in Chiavari, Italy, on the occasion of the award cerimony of the “XII Premio di Laurea Giuseppe Barile and Pietro Verri“. Distinguished speakers include Prof. Paolo Benvenuti, full Professor of International Law at Roma Tre University and Dean of the Faculty, and dr. Flavia Zorzi Giustiniani, member of the IDL Coordinating Team. The Conference will be the occasion to discuss the new challenges the Italian Red Cross – which is a partner of the IDL Project – is currently facing vis-à-vis the increasing occurence of...

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Dr. Federico Casolari speaks at Trento University about the new Community Mechanism for Civil Protection

On 11 March 2014 dr. Federico Casolari – member of the IDL Project Coordinating Team, and Coordinator of the Bologna Unit – will deliver a seminar on the new Community mechanism for Civil Protection at Trento University, within the Course on Advanced European Union Law of Prof. Antonino Alì. For more...

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About the IDL Project

About the IDL Project

Recent studies hint at an increased incidence of calamitous events due both to natural phenomena and dangerous human activities. At times these two factors come together, generating catastrophes capable of causing immense human and material losses and irreversible harm to the environment. States affected by disasters often sought help from the international community which assisted concerned populations providing relief. In doing so, involved actors confronted with a fragmented and deficient international legal framework. As a consequence, the effectiveness of assistance action had been frequently compromised. Moreover, at present international regulation of disaster prevention and mitigation activities appears to be unsatisfactory. Indeed, only few legal instruments exist which, what is more, only apply to specific categories of disasters, or either are regional in scope. The large majority of them have no binding effect. The IDL Project generally aims at uncovering those aspects, in the belief that a more through legal regulation might help reducing the destructive potential of disasters and their human and material costs. The perusal will indeed help in discovering legal gaps and inconsistencies, and will be instrumental to the formulation of recommendations meant at addressing them – in order to eventually render more effective those international mechanisms aimed at disaster prevention and...

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Apply to the 2014 IDL Course

Apply to the 2014 IDL Course

28 April – 2 May 2014 – International Disaster law Course, Sanremo, Italy The International Institute of Humnitarian Law, in cooperation with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the International Disaster Law Project and with the support of the Italian Red Cross, will conduct the 1st International Disaster Law Course from 28 April to 2 May, in Sanremo, Italy. The Course will be directed by Mr David Fisher (Coordinator, Disaster Law Programme, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies) and Ms. Elyse Mosquini(Senior Disaster Law Officer, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies), and coordinated by the IDL Project Coordinating Team. Lectures will be delivered by distinguished speakers including Eduardo Valencia-Ospina (Special Rapporteur of the ILC on the Protection of Persons in the Event of Disasters), Walter Kälin (former Representative of the UN Secretary-General on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons), academics, as well as representatives of relevant international and national actors involved in IDL, such as the IFRC, the European Union, IAEA, OCHA, the Italian Civil Protection Department and the Italian Red Cross. The programme seeks to offer a comprehensive overview of the main practical, diplomatic and military issues related to the legal aspects of disaster prevention and management activities. Topics will be covered using a plenary-based approach complemented by practical exercises designed to test the participants’ ability to find outcome oriented solutions through the application of relevant IDL provisions. For further information regarding course organization, deadlines, fees, and registration form:...

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The IDL Team presents the IDL Project to the Italian Ministry of Defence – CASD

On 18 September 2013, dr. Giulio Bartolini and dr. Emanuele Sommario – members of the IDL Project Coordinating Team – participated in a round-table on International Disaster Law within XXXIV Edition of the CO.CI.M. Course (Civil-Military Cooperation). The round-table was the occasion for them to present the IDL Project to the roughly one hundred participants in the Course – who are Italian and foreign high ranking officials, senior officers of governamental agencies working in the Civil-Military Cooperation context, and members of the Italian Red Cross. In particular, dr. Emanuele Sommario offered a presentation entitled “International Disaster Response law: inquadramento degli strumenti di diritto internazionale pertinenti in caso di disastro”, whereas Dr. Giulio Bartolini spoke about “L’utilizzo di assets militari nelle emergenze internazionali. Analisi dei rilevanti strumenti di soft law”. For more information on the event, visit the Italian Ministry of Defence website.  ...

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