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International Conference on Human Rights and Disasters

International Conference on Human Rights and Disasters

International Conference The Protection of Persons in Times of Disasters: International and European Perspectives Rome, 3-4 March 2016 The conference is based on the undeniable acknowledgment that natural and technological disasters are rapidly increasing in frequency and severity, thus losing their nature of exceptional events. As a consequence, it has come to be recognized that the problems posed by these phenomena are not just of a humanitarian character but concern the respect and protection of human rights in wider terms. A plethora of soft law instruments concerning the rights of disaster victims have been adopted at global and regional level, while human rights treaty monitoring bodies are producing an ever growing body of case law dealing with State obligations in disaster prevention and management activities. The conference aims at providing a comprehensive assessment of the main legal issues concerning the application of international human rights law in disaster situations and a reflection on its role in shaping the obligations of States and of other actors involved. A specific session will be devoted to the legal challenges posed by disaster-induced displacement. Speakers will include distinguished academics, including former UN Special Representative for the Protection of IDPs Walter Kaelin, and practitioners. Organized by Uninettuno University and Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, under the scientific coordination of Flavia Zorzi Giustiniani and Emanuele Sommario, the event will take place at the premises of the Information Office of the European Parliament in Rome, located in via IV Novembre 149. The conference enjoys the patronage of the Italian Branch of the International Law Association and  the generous contribution of  Spazio Europa – Information Office of the European Parliament in Rome, gratefully acknowledged. Participation is free, but registration is required due to space constraints. Please send an email with your name and affiliation to a.riccardi@alumni.sssup.it. Download the Conference poster here and the Conference flyer here. Here are some pics taken at the conference:...

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Read the Report of the Expert Meeting on the ILC Draft Articles

Read the Report of the Expert Meeting on the ILC Draft Articles

The Report of the Roma Tre University Expert Meeting on the ILC’s Draft Artciles on the protection of persons in the event of disasters adopted in first reading in 2014 has just been published as IDL Working Paper 3 (2015). The Report summarizes the presentations and discussions in which a group of experts from international organizations, academia, governments and civil society engaged during a two-day meeting at the Law Department of the Roma Tre University. The idea underlying the meeting was to facilitate an open debate with relevant stakeholders and external experts at a critical moment for the ILC’s Project, in anticipation of the second reading. Enjoy the vibrant discussions among high-level representatives of the main humanitarian organizations involved in the area and of renowned scholars by downloading for free the Report...

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IDRL in Italy Report is Out

IDRL in Italy Report is Out

The IDL Project is proud to disseminate the Report: IDRL in Italy: A Study on Strenghtening Legal Preparedness for International Disaster Reponse. . The Report was commissioned by the Italian Red Cross and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and prepared by dr. Mauro Gatti under the supervision of dr. Federico Casolari (coordinator of the Bologna unit of the IDL Project). . The Report, which is part of a wider study on the legal and policy frameworks of countries in the EU, acknowledges that Italy is often struck by catastrophes and has developed an effective response mechanism, but may require international assistance in case of particularly serious disasters. The analysis, published in the framework of the IFRC disaster law programme, seeks to identify the major obstacles that existing rules create for international cooperation in the event of disasters in Italy. It seeks also to point out solutions (mostly legislative ones) that may contribute to enhancing international cooperation in the response to disasters occurring in Italy. The report can be downloaded from the IFRC website, either...

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The IDLP Newsletter 3 – December 2015 is out

The IDLP Newsletter 3 – December 2015 is out

  Welcome to the third issue of the International Disaster Law (IDL) Project Newsletter. The IDLP Newsletter aims first to present the research and training activities carried out by the IDL Project members, and their planned future activities. The Newsletter also includes a short survey on major developments occurred in the IDL domain at universal and regional level (starting from the results of the long-awaited UN Paris Conference on Climate Change), as well as a selection of new IDL publications. Hoping you enjoy this Newsletter, and welcoming any feedback, we wish you a Joyful 2016! The Newsletter is available through a subscription service – see the “Newsletter” section on the right and the website homepage. Moreover, it can also be downloaded from here.  ...

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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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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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