Upcoming Courses:


2nd Course on “International Disaster Response Law”

San Remo, Italy, 2 – 4 May 2014

For the second year in a row, the IDL Project contributes – 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 will be 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.

The deadline to apply to the Course is the 16 April 2014.

For further information, 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.



International Disaster law Course

San Remo, Italy, 28 April – 2 May 2014


The International Institute of Humanitarian 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 thhe participants’ ability to find outcome oriented solutions through the application of relevant IDL provisions.

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.


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International Disaster Law Course

Pisa, 6 May – 5 June 2014

The course intends to explore the emerging area of International Disaster Law (IDL). A first introductory part will 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  will be highlighted. Specific sessions will be 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 will be read and interpreted through the lens of international human rights law.

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


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Past Courses:


1st Course on “International Disaster Response Law”

San Remo, Italy, 17-19 May 2013


San_Remo_courseIn partnership with senior officers of the Italian Red Cross National Commission on the Dissemination of International Humanitarian Law, the IDL Project Team organized the I 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.