International Disaster Response Law

Editors: de Guttry, Andrea, Gestri, Marco, Venturini, Gabriella (Eds.)

  • First scholarly work that addresses comprehensively the rising area of International Disaster Response Law, looking at it from different disciplines that are connected yet discrete (Public International Law, EU Law, Human Rights Law, International Criminal Law, Environmental Law, The law of international Organizations, etc.)
  • With contributions from practitioners with a deep understanding of the actual problems faced by actors in the field, hence providing the book with an additional cutting edge
  • Provides legal and policy recommendations which are useful in filling the legal gaps or inconsistencies that are currently affecting this area of international law
  • An important reference work for individuals and institutions wishing to gain a deeper understanding of the multifaceted legal issues related to the prevention and management of disaster situations
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With a Foreword by Kristalina Georgieva, European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response

Over the last decades natural and man-made disasters have been increasing in terms of frequency, size, number of people affected and material damage caused. There is growing awareness of the importance of adequate national and international legal frameworks for disaster prevention, mitigation and response. The implementation of these frameworks, however, poses serious challenges.

This book analyses International Disaster Response Law as developed in recent times and identifies the main existing normative gaps. The authors address the rights and duties of States in preventing and mitigating disasters, in facilitating access to their territory for humanitarian relief actors, as well as issues related to liability and compensation. Due attention is paid to European Union law governing disaster response (and to its reform in the light of the Lisbon Treaty) and to the main trends in domestic legislation. Human rights obligations are thoroughly examined and the potential relevance of international criminal law is assessed. Additional topics such as the status of relief personnel, the hindrances to the delivery of relief consignments by customs and excise administration, the use of civilian and military defence assets in emergency situations, the mechanisms and procedures available to offer financial support for recovery and rehabilitation, risk insurance, and the issue of corruption during disaster-related activities are specifically addressed.

By drawing on the expertise of lawyers, political scientists, economists and humanitarian practitioners, the book promotes much-needed interdisciplinary dialog and sheds light on a largely uncharted field of research. It is therefore essential reading for academics and practitioners in international and EU law, policy makers, civil protection and humanitarian operators and for anyone interested in exploring the legal facets of the international community’s response to large-scale calamitous events.

Over the last decades natural and man-made disasters have been increasing in terms of frequency, size, number of people affected and material damage caused. There is growing awareness of the importance of adequate national and international legal frameworks for disaster prevention, mitigation and response. The implementation of these frameworks, however, poses serious challenges.

This book analyses International Disaster Response Law as developed in recent times and identifies the main existing normative gaps. The authors address the rights and duties of States in preventing and mitigating disasters, in facilitating access to their territory for humanitarian relief actors, as well as issues related to liability and compensation. Due attention is paid to European Union law governing disaster response (and to its reform in the light of the Lisbon Treaty) and to the main trends in domestic legislation. Human rights obligations are thoroughly examined and the potential relevance of international criminal law is assessed. Additional topics such as the status of relief personnel, the hindrances to the delivery of relief consignments by customs and excise administration, the use of civilian and military defence assets in emergency situations, the mechanisms and procedures available to offer financial support for recovery and rehabilitation, risk insurance, and the issue of corruption during disaster-related activities are specifically addressed.

By drawing on the expertise of lawyers, political scientists, economists and humanitarian practitioners, the book promotes much-needed interdisciplinary dialog and sheds light on a largely uncharted field of research. It is therefore essential reading for academics and practitioners in international and EU law, policy makers, civil protection and humanitarian operators and for anyone interested in exploring the legal facets of the international community’s response to large-scale calamitous events.

About the authors

Andrea de Guttry is Professor of International Law at the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna di Studi Universitari e di Perfezionamento, Pisa (Italy); Marco Gestri is Professor of International Law at the Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia (Italy); Gabriella Venturini is Professor of International Law at the Università degli Studi di Milano (Italy).

Table of contents (29 chapters)

  • Surveying the Law

    Guttry, Andrea

    Pages 3-44

  • International Disaster Response Law in Relation to Other Branches of International Law

    Venturini, Gabriella

    Pages 45-64

  • The Works of the International Law Commission on ‘Protection of Persons in the Event of Disasters’. A Critical Appraisal

    Zorzi Giustiniani, Flavia

    Pages 65-84

  • Nuclear Accidents and International Law

    Gioia, Andrea

    Pages 85-102

  • EU Disaster Response Law: Principles and Instruments

    Gestri, Marco

    Pages 105-128

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
International Disaster Response Law
Editors
  • Andrea de Guttry
  • Marco Gestri
  • Gabriella Venturini
Copyright
2012
Publisher
T.M.C. Asser Press
Copyright Holder
T.M.C. ASSER PRESS, The Hague, The Netherlands, and the author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-90-6704-882-8
DOI
10.1007/978-90-6704-882-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-6704-881-1
Softcover ISBN
978-90-6704-989-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIV, 740
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