Disasters caused by natural and technological hazards are a commonplace phenomenon causing extensive negative impacts as exemplified by the World Disasters Report elaborated by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). According to this report, in the last decade around 770,000 deaths can be attributed to disasters, while 2 billion people have been affected and damages have amounted to US$1,65 trillion.
On the occasion of the launch of the Yearbook of International Disaster Law (Brill, 2019) edited by Giulio Bartolini (Editor-in-Chief), Dug Cubie, Marlies Hesselmann and Jacqueline Peel, this panel will address current legal, policy and operational challenges raised by disasters for states, international organizations, NGOs and affected communities providing academic and stakeholders’ perspectives on the role of law in disasters.
This panel is co-organized with the IFRC’s Disaster Law Programme and in cooperation with the Jean Monnet Project ‘Disseminating Disaster Law for Europe’ at Roma Tre University.
The panel will be followed by a light reception offered by the IFRC’s Disaster Law Programme.
The aim of the Yearbook of International Disaster Law is to foster the interest of academics and practitioners on legal and institutional issues relevant to all forms of natural, technological/human-made disasters, including rapid and slow onset events. The Yearbook will primarily address the international law dimension of relevant topics, alongside important regional and national dimensions relevant for the further development of legal and policy initiatives. Papers related to the section ‘International Disaster Law in Practice’ are made available as open-access sources.
Olivier Chamard/Geneva Academy
Applications will run until 29 January 2021 for applications with a scholarship and until 26 February 2021 for applications without a scholarship.
Our Research Fellow Dr Domenico Zipoli just defended with success his PhD thesis The Power of Engagement: Assessing the Effectiveness of Cooperation between UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies and National Human Rights Institutions.
This short course, which can be followed in Geneva or online, focuses on the specific issues that arise in times of armed conflict regarding the respect, protection and fulfilment of human rights. It addresses key issues like the applicability of human rights in times of armed conflict; the possibilities of restricting human rights under systems of limitations and derogations; and the extraterritorial application of human rights law.
This short course, which can be followed in Geneva or online, discusses the extent to which states may limit and/or derogate from their international human rights obligations in order to prevent and counter-terrorism and thus protect persons under their jurisdiction.
This research aims at building a common understanding and vision as to how states and the relevant parts of the UN system can provide a concrete and practical framework to address human rights responsibilities of armed non-state actors.