CONFERENCES AND COURSES

3rd IIHL-IFRC International Disaster Law Course

13-17 June 2016 – Sanremo, Italy

SanremoThe 2016 edition of the IDL Course will take place at the International Institute of Humanitarian Law in Sanremo, Italy, from 13 to 17 June 2016.

Stay tuned for news concerning the Programme and deadline for application here and here.

 

International Conference on “The Protection of Persons in Times of Disasters: International and European Perspectives”

3 – 4 March 2016

Natural and technological disasters are rapidly increasing in frequency and severity, and are 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. At the same time, 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 and challenges concerning the applicability of international human rights law in disaster situations and the role of this body of law in shaping the obligations of States and other actors involved.

For more information, visit the conference’s  page.

 

PhD Seminar on the legal aspects of post-disaster management

20 October 2015 – L’Aquila, Italy

Emanuele Sommario – IDLP unit coordinator – was invited to deliver a seminar on the “Legal Aspects of International Disaster Management” within the framework of the PhD in Change and Complexity Management offered by the Gran Sasso Science Institute in L’Aquila.

The seminar revolved around the international and European legal frameworks currently in place to facilitate cross-border disaster assistance activities, with special emphasis on the status of the relief personnel involved and on the outstanding legal problems affecting this kind of operations.

Incontro di studio “I disastri nell’ottica del diritto internazionale”

5 October 2015 – Bologna, Italy

The IDLP members dr. Federico Casolari and Prof. Giulio Bartolini co-host the Seminar “I disastri nell’ottica del diritto internazionale” at the Law School of the University of Bologna – Alma Mater. Prof. Bartolini delivers a note entitled “I lavori di codificazione e sviluppo progressivo del diritto internazionale della CDI sulla protezione delle persone in caso di disastro”, whereas dr. Casolari speaks about “Il quadro giuridico internazionale relativo all’assistenza in caso di disastro: il caso italiano”.

For more information, download the flyer of the event.

Launching of the Italian IDRL Report: Conference “Strengthening the Legal and Policy Framework for International Disaster Response in Italy”

15 June 2015 – Bologna, Italy

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On 15 June 2015 a Conference entitled “Strengthening the Legal and Policy Framework for International Disaster Response in Italy” was held at the Law School of the University of Bologna – Alma Mater in connection with the launching of the Italian IDRL Report.

The Italian IDRL Report, commissioned by the Italian Red Cross and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and prepared by dr. Mauro Gatti under the supervision of dr. Federico Casolari – coordinator of the Bologna unit of the IDL Project, is part of a wider study on the legal and policy frameworks of countries in the EU. It 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.

For more information on the Conference, its Programme and related material, see here.

Roma Tre Expert Meeting on the ILC Draft Articles on the Protection of Persons in the Event of Disasters

8 – 9 June 2015 – Rome, Italy

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On 8 and 9 June 2015 Prof. Giulio Bartolini – IDLP unit coordinator – organized an Expert Meeting on the ILC Draft Articles on the Protection of Persons in the Event of Disasters at the Department of Law of the Roma Tre University, Rome, Italy.

In view of the relevance of this topic and to stimulate further analysis on the future activities in this area, the Department of Law, Roma Tre University hosted a selected group of experts from international organizations, academia, governments and civil society for a two-day frank and engaging discussion on the ILC’s Draft Articles, as adopted on first reading. The underlying idea was to facilitate an open discussion with relevant stakeholders and external experts at a critical moment for the Project, in anticipation of the second reading. The participation of high-level representatives of the main humanitarian organizations involved in the area as well as of renowned scholars emphasises the relevance of this Project outside the realm of the Commission. Invited speakers included dr. Eduardo Valencia-Ospina, Special Rapporteur of the ILC.

The full Report of the Conference can be accessed here.

Conference “Culture on the Move”

29 May 2015 – London, United Kingdom

On 29 May 2015 dr. Flavia Zorzi Giustiniani – IDLP coordinator – participated 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 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 here.

3rd Course on “International Disaster Response Law”

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1 – 3 May 2015 – Sanremo, Italy

From 1 to 3 May 2015 the IDLP Team, in partnership with senior officers of the Italian Red Cross National Commission on the Dissemination of International Humanitarian Law, organized the 3rd Course on IDRL in Sanremo, Italy.

Aimed to train Italian Red Cross IHL Instructors in IDRL fundamentals, the Course offered both lecturer-led and practical sessions specifically targeted to Italian Red Cross volunteers, who gathered from around the country for a practical overview of the key legal issues to consider in preparing for and responding to disasters. See more on the IFRC’s website here.

2nd IIHL-IFRC International Disaster Law Course

27 April – 1 May 2015 – Sanremo, Italy

Following the success of the 2014 1st International Disaster Law Course, the IDLP organized jointly with the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies Disaster Law Programme (IFRC), the 2nd International Disaster Law Course which was conducted by the International Institute of Humanitarian Law of Sanremo, Italy. The Course was directed by David Fisher (Coordinator, Disaster Law Programme, IFRC) and Paulo Cavaleri (Senior Disaster Law Officer, IFRC), and coordinated by IDLP Coordinating Team.

The Course offered participants the opportunity to analyse one of today’s most important legal challenges: the prevention and management of natural and man-made disasters. Lectures were delivered by distinguished speakers including dr. Eduardo Valencia-Ospina (Special Rapporteur of the ILC on the Protection of Persons in the Event of Disasters), Prof. 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, IAEA, OCHA, the Italian Civil Protection Department and the Italian Red Cross. The programme sought indeed to offer a comprehensive overview of the main practical, diplomatic and military issues related to the legal aspects of disaster prevention and management activities.

Please consult the general course information booklet for further details regarding the 2015 edition application procedure, payments and other relevant administrative information.

Project Slándáil “Empowering Emergency Response Systems Using Social Media”

20 February 2015 – Dublin, Ireland

Dr. Emanuele Sommario – IDLP unit coordinator – offered an overview of the legal protection of human rights in emergency situations at the Trinity College Dublin on 20 February 2015, where he participated in a roundtable on the use social media information in times of natural crisis and natural disasters.

The event was organized in the framework of Project Slándáil, a EU-funded project designed to research natural crises and analyse how social media can be better used to spread messages about the worst affected areas during these crises.

IFRC Expert Meeting on IDL in view of the 32nd International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent

10-11 March 2015 – Geneva, Switzerland

On 10-11 March 2015, Prof. Giulio Bartolini – IDLP unit coordinator – attended the expert meeting jointly organized by the IFRC and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. The meeting convened a group of legal and humanitarian experts from  governments, the Red Cross and Red Crescent, UN agencies and academia to discuss global progress in solving the most common regulatory problems in international disaster relief operations.  The meeting was held as part of a series of consultations in preparation for the 32nd International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, which will assess progress and set future plans for global work in the field of international disaster response laws rules and principles (IDRL) among other topics. For more information see more here.

IFRC Workshop on Strengthening Host Nation Support for Disaster Cooperation in Europe

18 February 2015 – Riga, Latvia

On 18 February 2015 dr. Mauro Gatti – member of the Bologna unit – participated in Riga, Latvia to the Workshop on Strengthening Host Nation Support for Disaster Cooperation in Europe, co-hosted by the IFRC, the Latvian State Fire and Rescue Service, the Latvian Red Cross Society and supported by the EU Civil Protection Financial Mechanism.

The Workshop drew upon the results of the study conducted by the IDLP and the National Red Cross Societies of Finland, Iceland, Latvia and Poland and the IFRC aimed at assessing the degree to which host nation support procedures have been integrated into the laws and procedures of the both the EU and EU Member States after the adoption of EU Host Nation Support Guidelines in 2012. The Workshop aimed to develop joint recommendations for moving forward progress already achieved in the EU on host nation support.

Vanderbilt Symposium “This is Not a Drill: Confronting Legal Issues in the Wake of International Disasters”

13 February 2015 – Nashville, USA

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On 13 February 2015, the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law convened, 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 – participated as a speaker in the panel devoted to disaster assistance with a paper on “Attribution of Conduct and Liability Issues Arising from Disaster Relief Missions: Theoretical and Pragmatic Approaches to Guaranteeing Accountability”.

The Symposium, which also included as panelists dr. Eduardo Valencia Ospina (ILC Special Rapporteur), David Fisher (IFRC) and leading scholars in the field of disaster law, posited 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 addressed 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 disasters.

For more information on the Symposium click here.

Expert Participation in the Working Party on Civil Protection of the Council of the European Union

26 November 2014 – Brussels, Belgium

On 26 November 2014 dr. Federico Casolari – IDLP unit coordinator – was invited as an expert to participate in the Working Party on Civil Protection (PROCIV) of the Council of the European Union. During such event, dr. Casolari spoke about “IDRL in Italy – A Study on Strengthening Legal Preparedness for International Disaster Response”.

Public Lecture on “The External Dimension of the EU Disaster Response Law” – China-EU School of Law

14 November 2014 – Beijing, China

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On 14 November 2014, dr. Federico Casolari – IDLP unit coordinator – gave a guest lecture on “The External Dimension of EU Disaster Response Law” at the China-EU School of Law at the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing, China. Apart from offering participants a broader view of the EU framework in disaster situations, the lecture focused in particular on EU actions towards third countries facing disasters and relevant implementing mechanisms.

Advancing the International Programme for Disaster Relief: Challenges for Lawyers and Policy-makers – King’s College London

30 October 2014 – London, United Kingdom

On 30 October 2014 Prof. Giulio Bartolini – IDLP unit coordinator – participated to a Thought Leadership Forum organized by King’s College London, The Dickson Poon School of Law in London, UK, followed by the launch of the book The International Law of Disaster Relief (CUP 2014) edited by D.D. Caron, M.J. Kelly and A. Telesestky.

The forum, at which participation was by invitation only, was meant to engage a select group of leaders from government, civil society, business and academia in discussion on the issues facing lawyers and policy makers dealing with international disaster relief.

Conference “Consensus – Congresso nazionale sulle emergenze, il soccorso umanitario e lo sviluppo”

25 October 2014 – Milan, Italy

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On 25 October 2014, Prof. Giulio Bartolini and dr. Federico Casolari were invited to participate to the Co.n.s.en.s.u.s. – i.e. Italian National Conference on Emergences, Humanitarian Assistance and Development.

Created in 2010, the Co.n.s.en.s.u.s. aims at bringing together different Italian actors involved in humanitarian assistance in the aftermath of disasters. The 2014 Conference took 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), the 2014 Conference unprecedentedly devoted an entire session to themes concerning IDL.

Workshop on Humanitarian Norms and Principles in Conflicts and Disasters

17, 21 October 2014 – Geneva, Switzerland

On 17 October and 21 October 2014, dr. Flavia Zorzi Giustiniani – IDLP national coordinator – gave two presentations entitled “Principles of Disaster Relief” within the two-day Workshop on Humanitarian Norms and Principles in Conflicts and Disasters held at Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland for IOM personnel.

The Workshop aimed at offering participants a broad overview of international law and policy governing the protection of civilians in crisis situations – namely armed conflicts, armed violence and natural disasters.

AFAC & Bushfire & Natural Hazards CRC Conference 2014 “After Disasters Strikes – Learning from Adversity”

2 – 5 September 2014 – Wellington, New Zealand

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From 2 to 5 September 2014 dr. Federico Casolari – IDLP unit coordinator – participated in the 2014 AFAC & Bushire & Natural Hazards CRC Conference held in Wellington, New Zealand.

In general terms, AFAC happens to be Australasia’s largest and most important emergency services and public safety conference. Its 2014 edition was entirely devoted to the theme of “After Disaster Strikes – Learning from Adversity”, with the aim of examining how emergency management services, land managers and communities prepare themselves, respond to and assist with recovery.

In particular, dr. Casolari presented a poster entitled “The European Union Civil Protection Mechanism: A possible model for improving the emergency services’ capability”, through which he described to participants the general EU framework concerning Disaster Response Law and the Mechanism tools, procedures and possible contribution to Australasia emergency capabilities.

Australian Disaster Law – College of Law of the Australian National University

4 – 7 August 2014 – Canberra, Australia

From 4 to 7 August 2014 dr. Federico Casolari – IDLP unit coordinator – lectured within the Course “Australian Disaster Law” at the College of Law of the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia.

The Course, offered by dr. Michael Eburn, examined law as it impacts the community’s ability to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from a natural hazard event.

Conference on New Red Cross Committment Towards Disaster Victims

10 May 2014 – Chiavari, Italy

On 10 May 2014, a Conference entitled “After 150 Years from the First Geneva Convention, a New Committment of the Red Cross Towards Disaster Victims” has been held in Chiavari, Italy, on the occasion of the award cerimony of the “XII Premio di Laurea Giuseppe Barile e Pietro Verri“. Prof. Paolo Benvenuti, Full Professor of International Law at Roma Tre University and Dean of the Law Faculty, and dr. Flavia Zorzi Giustiniani, member of the IDL Coordinating Team, discussed new challenges the Red Cross is facing in disaster scenarios.

Access here the Programme and flyer of the Conference.

Sant’Anna International Disaster Law Course

6 May – 5 June 2014 – Pisa, Italy

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The Course meant for undergraduate and graduate students intended to explore the emerging area of International Disaster Law. A first introductory part had set out the scope of the subject, the rationale behind the emergence of IDL norms,  and its interaction with other branches of branches of international and supranational law concur to shape it. Next, specific legal issues pertaining to the international regulation of disaster prevention and response were highlighted. Specific sessions had been devoted to an analysis of regional and sub-regional norms  and mechanisms established to reduce and mitigate the effects of natural or human-made disasters. Lastly, disaster scenarios were read and interpreted through the lens of international human rights law.

For further information, please consult the programme of the course.

2nd Course on “International Disaster Response Law”

2 – 4 May 2014 – Sanremo, Italy

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For the second year in a row, the IDL Project contributed – in partnership with senior officers of the Italian Red Cross International Humanitarian Law National Commission – to the organization of the “International Disaster Response Law” Course, meant to train 50 highly skilled Italian Red Cross personnel.

Participants had been competitively selected by a Commission composed of Prof. Paolo Benvenuti – Dean of the Law Department of Università degli Study Roma Tre, and member of the Italian Red Cross International Humanitarian Law National Commission – Col. CRI Fabio Strinati – Chief of the Italian Red Cross International Humanitarian Law National Commission – and Milena-Maria Cisilino – Italian Red Cross delegate in IDRL.

For further information on the 2014 edition, please refer to the “Bando di partecipazione” and to the Programme of the Course which can both be found in the Italian Red Cross website.

1st IIHL-IFRC International Disaster Law Course

28 April – 2 May 2014 – Sanremo, Italy

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The International Institute of Humanitarian Law, in cooperation with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the IDLP and with the support of the Italian Red Cross, conducted the 1st International Disaster Law Course from 28 April to 2 May, in Sanremo, Italy.

The Course was 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 had been delivered by distinguished speakers including dr. Eduardo Valencia-Ospina (Special Rapporteur of the ILC on the Protection of Persons in the Event of Disasters), Prof. 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 sought 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 were covered using a plenary-based approach complemented by practical exercises designed to test thhe participants’ ability to find outcome oriented solutions through the application of relevant IDL provisions.

For more information on the 1st International Disaster Law Course, please consult the Programme.

For further information regarding course organization, deadlines, fees, and registration form, see the website of the International Institute of Humanitarian Law.

Flooding and Other Disasters: Assessing the Current Legal Frameworks

16 April 2014 – London, United Kingdom

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The event held at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, London, and organized in cooperation with the Department of Law, Roma Tre University, provided an opportunity to hear from experts in the field of disasters, in order to assess the adequacy of the current legal frameworks on disaster relief and assistance to victims. Presentations covered international law, as well as provide a national standpoint, including the Model Act on the Facilitation and Regulation of International Disaster Relief and Initial Recovery Assistance (developed by the IFRC, OCHA and IPU). Representatives from the British Red Cross and the Cabinet Office will also offer a particular insight into the United Kingdom’s response to disasters.

Speakers: Professor David D. Caron (King’s College London), Claire Clement (British Red Cross), Elyse Mosquini (International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies), David O’Connor (Cabinet Office), Dr. Federico Casolari (IDL Project – University of Bologna).

Chair:  Dr. Giulio Bartolini (IDL Project – University Roma Tre).

For further information, see the BIICL website.

Seminar on “Il Meccanismo di Protezione Civile dell’Unione Europea”

11 March 2014 – Trento, Italy

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On 11 March 2014 dr. Federico Casolari – IDLP unit coordinator – delivered a seminar on the new Union Civil Protection Mechanism at Trento University, within the Course on Advanced European Union Law of Prof. Antonino Alì.

For more information, see the Seminar brochure.

Conference “Protection and Safeguard of Cultural Heritage from Risks Connected to Natural and Man-made Disasters. International, European and national perspectives”

4 December 2014 – Rome, Italy

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The Conference “Protection and Safeguard of Cultural Heritage from Risks Connected to Natural and Man-made Disasters. International, European and national perspectives” was organized by dr. Flavia Zorzi Giustiniani, Assistant Professor of International Law and national coordinator of the IDL Project, with the assistance of dr. Alice Riccardi, IDLP member.

The event, which was held in Rome on 4 December 2013 at Sala delle Bandiere – Information Office of the European Parliament in Italy, builds on the growing interest of the scientific community in providing legal and practical answers to the problems arising in the context of disasters different from armed conflicts. In particular, an under-investigated aspect of the so-called international disaster law concerns the protection and safeguard of cultural heritage in the event of calamities.

The full report of the Conference can be accessed here.

See also the Conference brochure.

1st Course on “International Disaster Response Law”

17-19 May 2013 – Sanremo, Italy

In partnership with senior officers of the Italian Red Cross National Commission on the Dissemination of International Humanitarian Law, the IDL Project Team organized the 1st Course on IDRL in Sanremo, Italy. Participants had been competitively selected among Italian Red Cross qualified IHL Instructors. The inaugural session of the course had been hosted by the International Institute of International Humanitarian Law in Sanremo, Italy, whereas the following lectures took place at the Italian Red Cross “Centro Logistico Militare” in Sanremo, Italy. Participants had the chance of familiarizing with fundamentals of IDRL through both lecturer-led and practical sessions.

The full Programme of the Course can be accessed here.