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Eduardo Valencia-Ospina pays visit to the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (18/06/2015)

Eduardo Valencia-Ospina pays visit to the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (18/06/2015)

On 18 June 2015, Eduardo Valencia-Ospina – the International Law Commission’s Special Rapporteur on the issue of Protection of Persons in the Event of Disasters – delivered a seminar at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna of Pisa. He provided participants with an insight in the ILC’s work on this subject, highlighting the salient features of the Draft Articles which were recently adopted by the Commission.  The event’s poster is available...

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Culture on the Move – Conference @ Brunel Law School (29/05/2015)

On 29 May 2015 dr. Flavia Zorzi Giustiniani – IDLP coordinator – participates in the Day Conference “Culture on the Move: Migration, Living Traditions and Cultural Heritage Protection” organized by the Law School of the Brunel University. She will present a paper entitled “Preserving the Cultural Heritage of Small Island Developing States’ Communities Displaced by Slow-onset Disasters”. The agenda of the Conference can be accessed...

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Apply now to the II Edition of the IDL Course!

Apply now to the II Edition of the IDL Course!

Following the success of the 2014 First Edition of the International Disaster Law Course, we are delighted to announce that the Course Second Edition is now open for application. The Course is organized jointly by the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies Disaster Law Programme (IFRC), the IDL Project and conducted by the International Institute of Humanitarian Law of Sanremo, Italy. Directed by David Fisher (Coordinator, Disaster Law Programme, IFRC) and Paulo Cavaleri (Senior Disaster Law Officer, IFRC), and coordinated by IDL Project Coordinating Team, the Course will take place in Sanremo, Italy from 27 April to 1 May. The Course will offer participants the opportunity to analyse one of today’s most important legal challenges: the prevention and management of natural and man-made disasters. 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. The course is tailored towards graduate and post-graduate students with an interest in IDL; practitioners (e.g. staff of civil protection departments; staff of Red Cross and Red Crescent societies; NGOs) involved in disaster management; and professionals with an academic background in the areas of law, security studies, international relations, humanitarian assistance or other related fields, eager to expand their knowledge on IDL. Please consult the general course information booklet for details regarding application procedure, payments and other relevant administrative information. Programme Registration...

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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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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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