Yearbook of International Disaster Law

Volume 1 (2018)


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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.

Volume One features a thematic section on the Draft Articles of the ILC on the “Protection of Persons in the Event of Disasters” as well as a general selection of articles, and an international and regional review of International Disaster Law in Practice, plus book reviews and bibliography.

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Giulio Bartolini (Editor-in-Chief), Department of Law, Roma Tre University. Associate professor of international law, responsible of the Jean Monnet Project “Disseminating Disaster Law for Europe” and Director of courses on “International Disaster Law” in cooperation with the IFRC and the Sanremo International Institute of Humanitarian Law.
Dr. Dug Cubie, School of Law, University College Cork. Building on over 10 years’ practice in humanitarian action, Dug 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.
Jacqueline Peel LL.M. (2000), New York University, Ph.D. (2007), University of Melbourne, is Professor at the Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne and Associate Director of the Centre for Resources, Energy and Environmental Law. She has published several monographs and many articles on issues of international environmental law and climate law, including The Role of International Environmental Law in Disaster Risk Reduction, co-edited with David Fisher (Brill/Nijhoff, 2016).


 Charting an Emerging Subject: The Role of the Yearbook of International Disaster Law
Giulio Bartolini

Thematic Section: The Draft Articles of the International Law Commission on the ‘Protection of Persons in the Event of Disasters’

 1 The Work of the International Law Commission on the ‘Protection Of Persons In the Event of Disasters’
Eduardo Valencia-Ospina
 2 Protection of Victims of Disasters: the ‘Vertical’ Dimension of the Draft Articles on the Protection of Persons in the Event of Disasters
Walter Kälin
 3 Beyond Early Warning Systems: Querying the Relationship Between International Law and Disaster Risk (Reduction)
Marie Aronsson-Storrier
 4 Disasters, Inter-State Legal Obligations, and the Risk Society: the Contribution of the ILC ’s Draft Articles
René Urueña and Maria Angelica Prada-Uribe
 5 A Glass Half Full: the ILC ’s Draft Articles and the Operational Challenges of International Disaster Response
David Fisher
 6  NGO s and the International Law Commission Draft Articles on the Protection of Persons in the Event of Disasters: a Relationship of Mutual or Grudging Respect?
Elena Evangelidis and Thérèse O’Donnell
 7 Codification and Progressive Development in Contemporary International Law-Making: Locating the Draft Articles on the Protection of Persons in the Event of Disasters
Arnold Pronto

General Section

 8 Disaster by Degrees: the Implications of the Ipcc 1.5° C Report for Disaster Law
Jan McDonald and Anastasia Telesetsky
 9 A Right to Information Relevant to Disaster Situations: Broadening the Concept Beyond Early Warning and Addressing the Challenges Posed by Information and Communication Technologies
Silvia Venier
 10 Gender (In)Equality, Disaster and Human Rights – The Cedaw Committee and General Recommendation No. 37
Monika Mayrhofer
 11 Addressing Cultural Rights in Disaster Management: A Checklist for Disaster Managers
Iheanyi Samuel Nwankwo, Kai Wendt and Jeanne Pia Mifsud Bonnici
 12 Disasters and Climate Change in the Overseas Countries and Territories and Outermost Regions: the Role of Eu’s Disaster Management Tools
Luigimaria Riccardi

International Disaster Law in Practice

 13 United Nations Bodies (2018)
Emanuele Sommario
 14 Un Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (2018)
Marie Aronsson-Storrier
 15 Global Non-State Actors (2018)
Karen Da Costa
 16 Africa and MENA Region (2018)
Nicholas Wasonga Orago
 17 Asia (2018)
Emika Tokunaga
 18 Europe (2018)
Federico Casolari
 19 North America, Central America and Caribbean (2018)
Kirsten Nakjavani Bookmiller
 20 Pacific (2018)
John Hopkins
 21 Polar Regions (2018)
Stefan Kirchner
 22 South America (2018)
Neilo Mollar
 23 Climate Change Law (2018)
Rosemary Lyster
 24 Human Rights Law (2018)
Marlies Hesselman
 25 Humanitarian Assistance and International Law (2018)
Dug Cubie
 26 International Cultural Heritage Law (2018)
Flavia Zorzi Giustiniani
 27 International Economic Law (2018)
Giovanna Adinolfi
 28 International Environmental Law (2018)
Marlies Hesselman
 29 International Health Law (2018)
Stefania Negri
 30 Law of the Sea (2018)
Anastasia Telesetsky
 31 Migration/Refugee Law (2018)
Matthew Scott

Review of Books (2018) (edited by Tommaso Natoli)

 32 Flavia Zorzi Giustiniani, Emanuele Sommario, Federico Casolari and Giulio Bartolini (eds), Routledge Handbook of Human Rights and Disasters, (Routledge 2018)
Riccardo Luporini
 33 Rosemary Lyster and Robert R. M. Verchick (eds), Research Handbook on Climate Disaster Law. Barriers and Opportunities’, Research Handbooks in Climate Law (Edward Elgar 2018)
Kristian Cedervall Lauta
 34 Anastasia Telesetsky, Warwick Gullett and Seokwoo Lee (eds), Marine Pollution Contingency Planning: State Practice in Asia-Pacific States (Brill 2018)
Sherry P. Broder
 35 Sébastien Duyck, Sébastien Jodoin and Alyssa Johl (eds), Routledge Handbook of Human Rights and Climate Governance (Routledge 2018)
Catherine Higham
 Bibliographical Index of International Disaster Law (2018) (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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