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International Disaster Response Law

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  • 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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Table of contents (29 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Positioning International Disaster Response Law within Existing International Law

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Surveying the Law

      • Andrea de Guttry
      Pages 3-44
    3. Nuclear Accidents and International Law

      • Andrea Gioia
      Pages 85-102
  3. The EU Legal Framework

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 103-103
    2. The External Dimension of the EU Disaster Response

      • Federico Casolari
      Pages 129-154

About this book

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.

Keywords

  • Disaster
  • Humanitarian Personnel
  • International Law
  • Relief actions
  • Victims

Editors and Affiliations

  • , DIRPOLIS Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy

    Andrea Guttry

  • , Dipartimento di Scienze Giuridiche, Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Modena, Italy

    Marco Gestri

  • , Department of International Studies, University of Milan, Milan, Italy

    Gabriella Venturini

About the editors

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).

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Buying options

eBook
USD 139.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-90-6704-882-8
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book
USD 179.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book
USD 179.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)