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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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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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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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