The Role of International Environmental Law in Disaster Risk Reduction


In The Role of International Environmental Law in Disaster Risk Reduction, edited by Jacqueline Peel and David Fisher, expert authors from four continents offer perspectives on the growing intersection between environmental law and disaster risk management. Chapters discuss the potential for retasking environmental law tools and principles for purposes of mitigating the harms of potential disasters, including those exacerbated by climate change, and approaches for linking institutions and approaches across the environmental, climate adaptation and disaster risk management fields internationally. This book illustrates the blurring distinction between natural and manmade disasters and the consequences for legal norms and practice in the formerly distinct areas of international environmental law and international disaster law.

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Jacqueline Peel, Ph.D. (2007), University of Melbourne, is a Professor of Law at Melbourne Law School. She has published monographs and numerous articles on environmental and climate change law, including a co-authored text, Principles of International Environmental Law.

David Fisher is the global Disaster Law Programme Coordinator for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, leading its work providing legislative advice, developing new international tools and researching new areas of law related to disasters.
Chapter 1: International Law at the Intersection of Environmental Protection and Disaster Risk Reduction
Jacqueline Peel and David Fisher

Part 1: The (Porous) Border Between Disaster Law and Environmental Law

Chapter 2: Climate Change and the Narrative of Disaster
Lisa Grow Sun
Chapter 3: Disaster Law in the Anthropocene
Daniel Farber
Chapter 4: A Capabilities Approach to Defining Climate Disasters
Rosemary Lyster
Chapter 5: Resilient Incoherence – Seeking Common Language for Climate Change Adaptation, Disaster Risk Reduction, and Sustainable Development
Anne Siders
Chapter 6: Disastrous Adaptation
Cinnamon P. Carlarne

Part 2: Using Environmental Law Tools for Disaster Risk Reduction

Chapter 7: Disaster Risk Assessment: An Appraisal of European Union Environmental Law
Denis Edwards
Chapter 8: The Potential Role of International Environmental and Water Law to Prevent and Mitigate Water-Related Disasters
A. Dan Tarlock
Chapter 9: Water Treaty Regimes as a Vehicle for Cooperation to Reduce Water-related Disaster Risk - The Case of Southern Africa and the Zambesi Basin
Mary Picard
Chapter 10: Valuing Foreign Disasters in International Environmental Law
Arden Rowell & Lesley Wexler
Chapter 11: Liability and Compensation as Instruments of Disaster Risk Mitigation?
Michael G. Faure

Part 3: Linking Institutions and Approaches in the Environmental and Disaster Risk Management Fields

Chapter 12: The UN SDGs and Environmental Law: Cooperative Remedies for Natural Disaster Risks
Nicholas A. Robinson
Chapter 13: International Frameworks Governing Environmental Emergency Preparedness and Response: An Assessment of Approaches
Carl Bruch, Rene Nijenhuis & Shanna N. McClain
Chapter 14: Preventing and Responding to Arctic Offshore Drilling Disasters: The Role of Hybrid Cooperation
Hari M. Osofsky, Jessica Shadian & Sara L. Fechtelkotter
Chapter 15: Overlapping International Disaster Law Approaches with International Environmental Law Regimes to Address Latent Ecological Disaster
Anastasia Telesetsky

Chapter 16: Afterword: Environmental Disasters and Human Rights
John H. Knox
Lawyers, students and practitioners across the fields of disaster risk management, climate change adaptation and environmental protection. Particularly relevant for those with a research/practice focus on disaster risk reduction.
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