Yearbook of International Disaster Law

Volume 4 (2021)


The Yearbook of International Disaster Law aims to represent a hub for critical debate in this emerging area of research and policy and to foster the interest of academics, practitioners, stakeholders and policy-makers on legal and institutional issues relevant to all forms of natural, technological and human-made hazards. This Yearbook primarily addresses the international law dimension of relevant topics, alongside important regional and national dimensions relevant for further development of legal and policy initiatives.

In the Thematic Section of volume 4, entitled ‘Regionalisation and Localisation of International Disaster Law’, distinguished scholars explored legal/institutional approaches adopted by regional and sub-regional organizations toward disaster law issues or the interaction of international disaster law and policies with domestic legal orders and local actors.

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Giulio Bartolini, Department of Law, Roma Tre University, is a professor of international law, lecturer of “International Disaster Law” at the Geneva Academy of IHL and HRL, and Director of courses on “International Disaster Law” in cooperation with the IFRC and the Sanremo International Institute of Humanitarian Law.

Dug Cubie, School of Law, University College Cork, has over 10 years’ practice in humanitarian action, and has written widely on disaster law, climate migration and the law of humanitarian assistance (The International Legal Protection of Persons in Humanitarian Crises, Hart, 2017).

Marlies Hesselman, LL.M./Ph.D. Candidate, Faculty of Law, Department of Transboundary Legal Studies, University of Groningen, is a lecturer in international law with a wide publication record in the area of international human rights law, disaster management, climate change and essential public services access.

Anastasia Telesetsky, J.D., is a Professor at Cal Poly and former chair of American Society of International Law’s Disaster Law Interest Group with a research focus on environmental disaster risk reduction (International Law of Disaster Relief, Cambridge, 2014).
Editorial Issue No. 4 (2021)

Thematic Section: Regionalisation and Localisation of International Disaster Law

YIDL Dialogues with Practitioners: Ms Adelina Kamal – Former Executive Director of the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance (AHA Centre)
A Dialogue with Tommaso Natoli and Dug Cubie

Regionalism and Disaster Law
Christy Shucksmith-Wesley and Nigel D. White

International Disaster Risk Reduction and Response Law Made in the Arctic
Stefan Kirchner and Federica Cristani

The EU Approach towards Disaster Management: A Critical Appraisal in the Light of the Action Put in Place to Face the COVID-19 Pandemic
Federico Casolari

Perspectives of Solidarity within the EU Legal Order in the Time of the Covid-19 Pandemic
Susanna Villani

Legal Preparedness for International Disaster Assistance in the SADC Region
An Analysis of the Incorporation of International Disaster Response Laws, Rules and Principles (IDRL) in Domestic Disaster Risk Management Legal and Policy Frameworks
Jeanique Andrea De Sousa Serradinho, Stella Njieri Ngugi and Reece Da Costa

SAARC Regional Disaster Law: Need for Progressive Development
Priyanka Vaidyanath and Chhaya Bhardwaj

‘As the Island Choirs Gather’: Tracing a Regional Approach to Disaster and Climate Resilience in Pacific Island Countries
W. John Hopkins, Tommaso Natoli and Leanne Avila

The Relevance of International Disaster Law Frameworks to a Pacific Island State: Insights on Localized DDR Governance from Palau
Luke Potter

Strategic Litigation at the Domestic and International Levels as a Tool to Advance Climate Change Adaptation? Challenges and Prospects
Riccardo Luporini

Forging Global Rule of Law through Climate Litigation against the United States and the Fossil Fuel Industry
Karen C. Sokol

General Section

Statehood, Human Rights and Sea-Level Rise: A Response to the International Law Commission’s Second Issues Paper on Sea-Level Rise in Relation to International Law
Bruce Burson, Walter Kälin and Jane McAdam

Using International Law to Address the Effects of Climate Change: A Matter for the International Court of Justice?
Malgosia Fitzmaurice and Agnes Viktoria Rydberg

The WHO’s Mixed Human Rights Messages
José E. Alvarez

One Health and the Prevention of Pathogens’ Spillover
Ginevra Le Moli

Towards Integrated Early Warning Systems
Review of Disaster Risk Reduction and One Health Approaches in Light of Pandemic Treaty Negotiations
Adam Strobeyko and Gian Luca Burci

The Glasgow Climate Pact: Is It All Just ‘Blah, Blah, Blah?’
Rosemary Lyster

UN Human Rights Bodies and the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Climate Change: All Hands on Deck
Annalisa Savaresi

The Racial Dimension of Disasters through the Prism of International Law
Michał Balcerzak

Ensuring a Disability Perspective in Disaster Law: The Contribution of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Kris Gledhill and Natalie Baird

International Disaster Law in Practice

Developments on the Draft Articles on the Protection of Persons in the Event of Disasters (2021)
Arnold N. Pronto

Developments within the UN System (2021)
Emanuele Sommario

UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (2021)
Marie Aronsson-Storrier

Non-State Humanitarian Actors (2021)
Tommaso Natoli

Asia (2021)
Emika Tokunaga

Africa and MENA Regions (2021)
Nicholas Wasonga Orago

North America, Central America and the Caribbean (2021)
Kirsten Nakjavani Bookmiller

South America (2021)
Hugo Cahueñas and Felipe Idrovo

Pacific (2021)
W. John Hopkins and Leanne Avila

International Human Rights Law (2021)
Marlies Hesselman

International Cultural Heritage Law (2021)
Flavia Zorzi Giustiniani

International Economic Law (2021)
Giovanna Adinolfi

Towards an Enhanced Policy Framework for Incoming Disaster Relief in Honduras (2021)
Sophie Teyssier

International Environmental Law (2021)
Sophie Gambardella

International Health Law (2021)
Stefania Negri

Law of the Sea (2021)
Anastasia Telesetsky

Migration/Refugee Law (2021)
Matthew Scott

Space Law (2021)
Diego Zannoni

Sources of International Disaster Law
Focus on Case Law (2021)
Dug Cubie

Review of Books
Edited by Tommaso Natoli

Shinya Murase and Suzanne Zhou (eds), Epidemics and International Law
Giulia Bosi

Irmgard Marboe (ed), Legal Aspects of Planetary Defence
Anne-Sophie Martin

Alexandra Birchler, Climate change, resulting natural disasters and the legal responsibility of States: An International Law Perspective
Ronan McDermott

Ivano Algona, Christina Bakker, and Jean-Pierre Gauci (eds), Climate Change Litigation: Global Perspectives
Geert van Calster

Bibliographical Index of International Disaster Law (2021)
Edited by Giulio Bartolini

Academics, practitioners, stakeholders and policy-makers on legal and institutional issues relevant to all forms of natural, technological and human-made hazards.
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