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IEUDL Newsletter - #1, March 2017

 

Editorial by the Module Coordinator

 

Dear reader,

welcome to the first issue of the “International and European Disaster Law” (IEUDL) Jean Monnet Module Newsletter aimed to complement the dedicated website. This Newsletter aims:

- to provide updated information on disaster law, thus representing a hub for anyone with an interest on current legal and policy developments in this area at the universal, European and other regional levels, recent academic publications, forthcoming events, such as conferences and courses;

- to present the activities of the IEUDL Jean Monnet Module based at the Department of Law, Roma Tre University under the scientific coordination of Prof. Giulio Bartolini (Module Coordinator). The IEUDL Jean Monnet Module, supported by the EU Commission as part of the Erasmus+ Programme, constitutes an innovative teaching project, being one of the few academic courses aimed to develop the knowledge of this recently emerged field of legal studies. It combines frontal lectures and interactive activities (eg. seminars, role play, encounters with stakeholders) managed by qualified academic experts with ancillary events such as open conferences and workshops through a fruitful interaction between academics and international and national institutions, policy-makers, NGOs involved in disasters.

The IEUDL Jean Monnet Module will benefit of the experience gained by the Module coordinator (Prof. Giulio Bartolini) and other key teaching staff in the past three-years research project funded by the Italian Ministry of Education, which allowed Roma Tre University to be recognized as a leading research centre at the European level establishing significant cooperation with main stakeholders acting in this area.

The IEUDL Newsletter can be downloaded at the dedicated website where a subscription service is also available. Please feel free to further distribute it among your colleague. Any feedback is welcomed at giulio.bartolini@uniroma3.it

I hope you enjoy this Newsletter!

Warm regards,

Giulio Bartolini

Associate professor of international law

Department of Law, Roma Tre University

IEUDL Jean Monnet Module Coordinator

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1. DEVELOPMENTS IN DISASTER LAW AND POLICIES

 

1.1 Universal level

The UN General Assembly Adopts a Resolution on Disaster Risk Reduction

The UN General Assembly Adopts a Resolution on Disaster Risk Reduction

The UN General Assembly (UNGA) adopted Resolution A/RES/71/276 on 13 February 2017, containing indicators for measuring global progress in reducing disaster losses and a revision of terminology related to disaster risk reduction (DRR). The resolution was co-sponsored by 61 UN Member States with the purpose of offering States the capacity to measure their efforts to reduce disaster losses, provide accountability …

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UN New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants Underlines Role of Disasters

UN New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants Underlines Role of Disasters

Governments gathering at the UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants adopted the landmark A/71/L.1 New York Declaration for Refugees and migrants underlining the role of environmental degradation, climate change and disasters alongside conflict as drivers of the ongoing migration crisis. In general terms, the Declaration contains commitments to protect the human rights of all refugees and migrants, irrespective of their …

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The ILC Adopts the Draft Articles on the Protection of Persons in the Event of Disasters and Related Commentaries

The ILC Adopts the Draft Articles on the Protection of Persons in the Event of Disasters and Related Commentaries

After several years of work, the International Law Commission (ILC), at its 68th session of 2016, adopted the Draft articles on the protection of persons in the event of disasters, on second reading, with commentaries. The ILC decided, in accordance with Article 23 of its Statute, to recommend the UNGA the elaboration of a convention on the basis of the …

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Publication of the Guidelines to Protect Migrants in Countries Experiencing Conflict or Natural Disaster

Publication of the Guidelines to Protect Migrants in Countries Experiencing Conflict or Natural Disaster

The Migrants in Countries in Crisis (MICIC) Initiative, a government-led effort co-chaired by the United States and the Philippines, was developed since 2014 to improve the protection of migrants when the countries in which they live, work, study, transit, or travel experience a conflict or natural disaster. Through a broad and inclusive consultative process the MICIC Initiative elaborated in June …

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1.2 European Law and Practice 

The EU Court of Auditors Examines the EU Civil Protection Mechanism

The EU Court of Auditors Examines the EU Civil Protection Mechanism

The EU Court of Auditors examined the EU Civil Protection Mechanism and published a report, concluding that the EU's emergency response tool is generally well-coordinated, broadly effective and timely activated. The report evaluated three recent international disasters for which the Mechanism had been activated: the 2014 floods in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa between 2014 …

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The EU Launches a Project to Protect Heritage from Disasters

The EU Launches a Project to Protect Heritage from Disasters

On 18 January 2017 the EU Commission DG ECHO hosted the kick-off meeting of ResCult Project (Increasing Resilience of Cultural Heritage: a supporting decision tool for the safeguarding of cultural assets). The Project partners together the Higher Institute on Territorial Systems for Innovation (SITI), the Turin Politecnico, the Technical University of Berlin (TUB), the UNISDR, the Consortium for Managing Research …

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UNISDR and EU Committee of the Region Commit to Reduce Disaster Risks

UNISDR and EU Committee of the Region Commit to Reduce Disaster Risks

The UNISDR and the EU Committee of Regions (EU CoR) agreed on a five-year plan to support EU cities and regions to take more concerted action to reduce the impact of disasters. The two bodies joined together in the signing ceremony of the so-called "Action Plan on Sendai Framework implementation at local and regional levels between the EU CoR and …

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The EU Commission Launches an Action Plan to Integrate the Sendai Framework in EU Policies

The EU Commission Launches an Action Plan to Integrate the Sendai Framework in EU Policies

On 16 June 2016, the EU Commission launched an Action Plan to promote DRR and its integration in EU policies. The Plan aims to translate the Sendai Framework, in the negotiations of which the EU played a key role, into EU policies. The Plan does provide for tangible actions coherent also with other recent international agreements and processes, such as …

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1.3 Other Regional Developments 

ASEAN working together as One in making children in schools and communities resilient to disaster

ASEAN working together as One in making children in schools and communities resilient to disaster

On 14 and 15 February, key government officials from the Ministries of Education and National Disaster Management Offices of the 10 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Member States and other active stakeholders came together at the 2nd ASEAN Regional Conference on School Safety in Bangkok. The Conference was co-organized by ASEAN, ASEAN Safe Schools Initiative (ASSI) Consortium and the …

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Central Africa spurs disaster risk reduction

Central Africa spurs disaster risk reduction

13 February 2017, YAOUNDE  – Collective action by regional organisations is a key means to help countries reduce their risk of disasters, and the Economic Community of Central African States is stepping up its efforts to rein in the impact of hazards amid rising pressure from climate change. The ECCAS secretariat, plus its 11 member states and partners have together …

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Sixth Africa Regional Platform and Fifth High Level Meeting on Disaster Risk Reduction

Sixth Africa Regional Platform and Fifth High Level Meeting on Disaster Risk Reduction

22-25 Nov 2016 - The Africa Regional Platform is a biennial forum that brings together African Member States, intergovernmental organizations and development partners to review progress in the implementation of the continental and global disaster risk reduction frameworks. The Platform also enables the sharing of good practices and lessons learnt with a view to enhancing coordination, increasing awareness, and mobilizing commitments …

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This first Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction hosted by the Government of India

This first Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction hosted by the Government of India

2 - 5 November 2016 - This first Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction after the advent of the Sendai Framework has been hosted by the Government of India in November 2016. As a followup from the 6th Asian Ministerial Conference outcome (2014) and as a requirement of the Sendai Framework, the intended outcome of the conference in India has been to …

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1.4 News and Events

Disaster Risk Reduction and International Law Symposium

Disaster Risk Reduction and International Law Symposium

The University of Reading will host a symposium on Disaster Risk Reduction and International Law between 29 June to 1 July 2017. It aims to discuss, debate, inform and progress the development of law, policy and practice governing DRR and disasters at the national, regional and international levels. The symposium is designed to bring together a multinational spectrum of participants …

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3. DISASTER LAW PUBLICATIONS

 

3.1 Books

Breau S, Samuel Katja (eds.), Research Handbook on Disasters and International Law (Edward Elgar Publishing 2016)

Carlarne C., Gray K., Tarasofsky R. (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of International Climate Change Law (OUP, 2016)

Farber D, Peeters M (eds.), Climate Change Law  (Edward Elgar Publishing 2016)

Peel J., Fisher D. (eds.), The Role of International Environmental Law in Disaster Risk Reduction (Brill Nijhoff 2016)

3.2 Articles in Law Journals and Collected Volumes

Gunawansa A. Dealing with Climate Migrants: a New Challenge for Developing Nations, in Kelman I., Kibugi R., Eisma Osorio R. (eds.), Adaptation to Climate Change: ASEAN and Comparative Experiences (World Scientific, 2016), pp 311-366

Hafner G., Doctrinal Views versus State Views on Humanitarian Assistance in the Event of Disasters: Comparing the Work of the Institut De Droit International with that of the International Law Commission, Wolfrum R., Seršić M., Šošić (eds.), Contemporary Developments in International Law: Essays in Honour of Budislav Vukas (Brill Nijhoff, 2016), pp 520-539

Heinzte H., Access to Victims and Humanitarian Assistance, in Heintze H., Thielbörger P. (eds.), From Cold War to Cyber War : the evolution of the international law of peace and armed conflict over the last 25 years (Springer, 2016), pp. 149-166

Koh K., Eisma Osorio, R., The Role of ASEAN in Disaster Management: Legal Frameworks and Case Study of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda, in Kelman I., Kibugi R., Eisma Osorio R. (eds.), Adaptation to Climate Change: ASEAN and Comparative Experiences (World Scientific, 2016), pp 455-505

Petrič E. Sovereignty of State v. Portection of Persons in the Case of Disasters, in Wolfrum R., Seršić M., Šošić (eds.), Contemporary Developments in International Law: Essays in Honour of Budislav Vukas (Brill Nijhoff, 2016), pp 583-613

Sommario E., One law to bind them all: International law and disaster resilience, in Alexia Herwig & Marta Simoncini (Eds.), Law and the Management of Disasters: The Challenge of Resilience, Routledge, 2016

Venturini G., Disaster Relief in International Law, in Pazartzis P., Gavouneli M. (eds.), Reconceptualising the Rule of Law in Global Governance, Resources, Investment and Trade (Hart, 2016), pp 61-66

Weiss T., Humanitarian Action, in Cogan J. K., Hurd I., Johnstone I. (eds.), Oxford Handbook of International Organizations (OUP, 2016), pp 303-322

3.3 Posts

Bartolini G., The Draft Articles on “The Protection of Persons in the Event of Disasters”: Towards a Flagship Treaty?, EJILTalk!, 2nd December 2016

Shucksmith C., Methods to Incorporate Human Rights Law into Disaster Prevention and Reduction Strategies, EJILTalk!, 28th February 2017

Steinorth C., The Security Council’s Response to the Ebola Crisis: A Step Forward or Backwards in the Realization of the Right to Health?, EJILTalk!, 2nd March 2017

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4. ACTIVITIES of the IEUDL Jean Monnet Module

The Course will start the 8th March, with an introductory lecture by the Module Coordinator Prof. Giulio Bartolini on "Disasters as a commonplace phenomenon and the relevance of a proper legal system in disaster scenarios". This lecture will illustrate the evolution of the international legal framework pertaining to disaster and the law-making process in disaster law. The lecture will be introduced by a conversation with Fabio Carturan, Emergency Manager, Italian Red Cross on the relevance of law in disaster contexts.

On Thursday 9th March the Course will host Danilo Bilotta (International Relations Office of the Italian Department of Civil Protection) who will provide with an overview on actors involved and activities in the international response to the mega-disasters. The importance of the development of a system for coordinating the humanitarian response will be addressed by Mr. Bilotta with a specific focus on the Nepal earthquake of 2015. 

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International Disaster Law Course – 4th Edition 12-16 June 2017 at IIHL – Sanremo

The International Institute of Humanitarian Law, jointly with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the International Disaster Law Project and in cooperation with the Italian Red Cross and the EU Jean Monnet Module on “International and European Disaster Law” Roma Tre University, will conduct the 4th International Disaster Law Course from 12 to 16 June 2017 in Sanremo, Italy. Click here for more …

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Participation at the European Legal Support Group of the European Red Cross Societies, Luxembourg, 27-28 February 2017

Prof. Giulio Bartolini, on behalf of the Italian Red Cross, attended the 2017 Spring meeting of the European Legal Support Group, a network of experts in IHL and humanitarian affairs of the European Red Cross Societies. The meeting was organised in Luxembourg on 27-28 February 2017 by the local National Societies with the participation of staff belonging from the IFRC, …

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Post on Disaster Law in the Blog of the European Journal of International Law

Prof. Giulio Bartolini has published a post on the blog of the European Journal of International Law, namely the well-renowned EJILTalk!, where he analyses the adoption by the International Law Commission of the 18 Draft Articles on “The Protection of Persons in the Event of Disasters” on their second reading, and of the Commentary, in 2016. This project might lead …

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International Workshop “Law & Disasters” at Roma Tre

On 2nd December 2016 the “International and European Disaster Law” Module organized a first international workshop aimed to discuss with relevant international and national stakeholders the topic “Law & Disasters. The Role of International and National Legal Rules in the Prevention and Response to Disasters” (for the flyer see here). Distinguished speakers convened by the IEUDL Module Coordinator, prof. Giulio …

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Emanuele Sommario’s chapter on International Law and disaster resilience

Emanuele Sommario’s chapter on International Law and disaster resilience

Emanuele Sommario recently published “One law to bind them all: International law and disaster resilience”, in Alexia Herwig & Marta Simoncini (Eds.), Law and the Management of Disasters: The Challenge of Resilience, Routledge, 2016. The chapter stakes stock of the previous contributions in the book, and tries to highlight some trends and topics that are common to many of them. In doing so, …

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Tommaso Natoli's lectures on IDL for Italian Air forces and International Relief Personnel

Tommaso Natoli's lectures on IDL for Italian Air forces and International Relief Personnel

Since November 2016 Tommaso Natoli participated as lecturer in three different Legal Advisors Courses for Italian Air Forces (46° Corso CQ, Aeronautica di Viterbo; 45° Corso CQ Centro CTR Fiumicino, 44° Corso CQ Centro operativo interforze - Roma) and in one Course for International Relief Personnel (Corso di formazione Maria Grazia Cutuli per inviati nelle aree di crisi …

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