Access to Victims and Humanitarian Assistance
The international law governing disaster response and humanitarian assistance has developed into a comprehensive body of law dealing with the initiation of relief, questions of the status of humanitarian actors and the right of access to the victims. The Special Rapporteur of the UN International Law Commission on the Protection of Persons in the Event of Disasters submitted six reports with the first set of articles being adopted by the Law Commission. These articles underline the primary responsibility of the affected State for protecting persons under its territorial jurisdiction and the affected State’s consent for providing international assistance. The codification project has given a fresh impetus to the ongoing discussion on State sovereignty versus the obligation to receive international humanitarian assistance.