Yearbook of International Disaster Law

Volume 2 (2019)


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. The Thematic Section of Volume 2, entitled ‘Disasters and…: Exploring New Areas of Research’, was conceived to critically assess the relationship between disasters and a variety of different branches, topics or theoretical approaches pertaining to international law, as a means of focusing attention toward less explored and emerging fields of study and practice.

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Giulio Bartolini, 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, including The International Legal Protection of Persons in Humanitarian Crises: Exploring the Acquis Humanitaire.
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 a 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).
Editorial: Issue No. 2 (2019)

Thematic Section: ‘Disasters and …: Exploring New Areas of Research’

Strengthening Resilience to Disasters through International Trade Law: The Role of WTO Agreements on Trade in Goods
Giovanna Adinolfi

Global Animal Law and Disasters
Giulio Bartolini 

Disasters, Catastrophes and Oblivion: A TWAIL Perspective
Upendra Baxi

The Intersection of International Disaster Law and Climate Change Law
Daniel A. Farber

Disasters and Private International Law: Reasserting Legal Governance beyond the Nation State
Harald Koch

Disasters and Gender: Sexing International Disaster Law
Gabrielle Simm

Children and Disasters: The Essential Role of Children’s Rights Law
Jonathan Todres

‘I Must Go Down to the Seas Again’: The Evolution of International Maritime Disaster Law and Its Lessons for the Development of a General Disaster Law Framework
Simon Whitbourn

Protecting World Cultural and Natural Heritage against Climate Change and Disasters: An Assessment of the Effectiveness of the World Heritage Convention System
Flavia Zorzi Giustiniani

General Section

Preparing for the Next Pandemic: the International Health Regulations and World Health Organization during COVID-19
Gian Luca Burci and Mark Eccleston-Turner

Was the Global Pact for the Environment a Good Idea?
Sandrine Maljean-Dubois

Disasters, Human Rights and Vulnerability: Reflections from the Experiences of Older Persons in Post-Quake Canterbury
Natalie Baird

Rights-based Approach to Nuclear Damage Compensation: Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Revisited
Miki Ishimori

IDL in Practice Section

Developments within the UN System (2019)
Emanuele Sommario

UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (2019)
Marie Aronsson-Storrier

The 33rd International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent (2019)
Tommaso Natoli

Asia (2019)
Emika Tokunaga

Africa and MENA Regions (2019)
Nicholas Wasonga Orago

Europe (2019)
Federico Casolari

North America, Central America and Caribbean (2019)
Kirsten Nakjavani Bookmiller

South America (2019)
Marcos Nelio Mollar

Pacific (2019)
W. John Hopkins

Polar Regions (2019)
Stefan Kirchner

Climate Change Law (2019)
Rosemary Lyster

International Human Rights Law (2019)
Marlies Hesselman

Regional Human Rights Bodies (2019)
Emanuele Sommario

Humanitarian Assistance and International Law (2019)
Dug Cubie

International Environmental Law (2019)
Sophie Gambardella

International Health Law (2019)
Stefania Negri

Law of the Sea (2019)
Anastasia Telesetsky

Migration/Refugee Law (2019)
Matthew Scott

Space Law (2019)
Diego Zannoni

Review of Books
Edited by Tommaso Natoli
Katja L.H. Samuel, Marie Aronsson-Storrier and Kirsten Nakjavani Bookmiller (eds). ‘The Cambridge Handbook of Disaster Risk Reduction and International Law’ (Cambridge University Press 2019)
Tommaso Natoli
Gian Luca Burci and Brigit Toebes (eds), ‘Research Handbook on Global Health Law’ (Edward Elgar 2018)
Benjamin Mason Meier
Diego Zannoni. ‘Disaster Management and International Space Law’ (Brill 2019)
Nathan E. Clark
Günther Handl and Kristoffer Svendsen (eds), Managing the Risk of Offshore Oil and Gas Accidents: The International Legal Dimension (Edward Elgar 2019)
Anastasia Telesetsky

Bibliographical Index of International Disaster Law (2019)
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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