International Conference on Human Rights and Disasters

Posted by on Jan 8, 2016

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

Download the Conference poster here and the Conference flyer here.

Here are some pics taken at the conference:

Rome conference 2  Rome conference 1