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IEUDL Newsletter - #2, March 2018

 

Editorial by the Module Coordinator

 

Dear reader,

welcome to the second 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 (do not miss to enroll to the Fifth edition of the International Disaster Law Course, Sanremo 18-22 June 2018!!);

- 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), supported by the EU Commission as part of the Erasmus+ Programme.

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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Index

 

1. DEVELOPMENTS IN DISASTER LAW AND POLICIES

 

1.1 Universal level

1.2 European Law and Practice

1.3 Other Regional Developments

 

2. NEWS AND EVENTS

 

3. DISASTER LAW PUBLICATIONS

 

3.1 Books

3.2 Articles in Law Journals and Collected Volumes

3.3 Reports and Working Papers

3.4 Posts

 

4. ACTIVITIES of the IEUDL Jean Monnet Module

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1. DEVELOPMENTS IN DISASTER LAW AND POLICIES

 

1.1 Universal level

Technical guidance for monitoring and reporting on progress in achieving the global targets of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction

Technical guidance for monitoring and reporting on progress in achieving the global targets of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction

On 2 February 2017, in adopting Resolution A/RES/71/276, the United Nations General (UN) Assembly endorsed the Report of the Open-ended Intergovernmental Expert Working Group (OIEWG) on Indicators and Terminology Related to Disaster Risk Reduction (A/71/644), and the recommendations for indicators and terminology relating to disaster risk reduction attached therein. In the OIEWG Report, Member States requested the United Nations Office …

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UNESCO General Conference Endorses DRR Principles – November 2017

UNESCO General Conference Endorses DRR Principles – November 2017

The 39th session of the UNESCO General Conference held in November 2017 significantly reinforced the activities of this International Organisation in the area of DRR. Through resolution 35, the General Conference endorsed an Addendum, as set out in Document C/57, to the 2015 “Strategy for the reinforcement of UNESCO’s actions for the protection of culture and the promotion of cultural …

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COP23 focus on early warning systems

COP23 focus on early warning systems

On 15 November 2017, during a ministerial event at the United Nations climate change conference (COP23), the first results from the Climate Risk and Early Warning Systems (CREWS) initiative launched by the French government at the Paris Agreement negotiations in 2015 were presented. CREWS aims to mobilize US$100 million by 2020 and is designed to achieve a key target of …

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Reports of the UN Secretary General on Disaster-Related Issues

Reports of the UN Secretary General on Disaster-Related Issues

The Report (A/72/76–E/2017/58) on ‘Strengthening of the coordination of emergency humanitarian assistance of the United Nations - Report of the Secretary-General’, was issued on 13 April 2017. It was drafted pursuant to UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution 46/182, in which the the UN Secretary-General to report annually to the UNGA and the UN Economic and Social Council on the coordination …

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The Regulation and Management of Emergency Medical Teams – Launch of a new IFRC and WHO Report

The Regulation and Management of Emergency Medical Teams – Launch of a new IFRC and WHO Report

The World Health Organisation (WHO) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have launched a comprehensive report entitled “The Regulation and Management of International Emergency Medical Teams”. The report provides an overview of the regulation and management of international emergency medical teams (EMTs) in a range of large and small-scale sudden onset disasters. With the …

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2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, 22-26 May 2017

2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, 22-26 May 2017

The 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction took place in Cancun, Mexico on 22-26 May 2017. It was the first time the most important international forum dedicated to the disaster risk reduction agenda has been staged outside Geneva. The Global Platform marked the first opportunity for the international community to review global progresses in the implementation of the Sendai …

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UN Women launches new global flagship programme to address the gender inequality of risk at international conference on disaster risk reduction, 23 May 2017

UN Women launches new global flagship programme to address the gender inequality of risk at international conference on disaster risk reduction, 23 May 2017

UN Women in partnership with the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) and the International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC), launched its new Global Flagship Programme “Addressing the Gender Inequality of Risk and Promoting Community Resilience to Natural Hazards in a Changing Climate” to mitigate the gender inequalities of loss of lives and livelihoods and to enhance the …

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1.2 European Law and Practice

rescEU: a new European system to tackle natural disasters, 23 November 2017

rescEU: a new European system to tackle natural disasters, 23 November 2017

The EU Commission presented new plans to strengthen Europe's ability to deal with natural disasters, as a central part of President Juncker's agenda of a Europe that protects. These plans factor in that extreme weather conditions and other phenomena are currently stretching the ability of Member States to help each other, especially when several Member States face the same type of disaster …

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Proposal for a Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Decision No 1313/2013/EU on a Union Civil Protection Mechanism, 23 November 2017

Proposal for a Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Decision No 1313/2013/EU on a Union Civil Protection Mechanism, 23 November 2017

In November 2017, a proposal to amend Council Decision No 1313/2013/EU on a Union Civil Protection Mechanism (UCPM) was tabled. According to the recently conducted Interim Evaluation of the UCPM, foreseen in Article 34 of Decision No 1313/2013/EU, in certain areas legislative change is warranted. Therefore the said proposal attempts to answer to this need and, building on the principles …

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Interim evaluation of the Union Civil Protection Mechanism, 2014-2016 Final report, 23 November 2017

Interim evaluation of the Union Civil Protection Mechanism, 2014-2016 Final report, 23 November 2017

On 23 November 2017 the Report describing the results of the interim evaluation of the Union Civil Protection Mechanism (UCPM), implemented by the Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (DG ECHO) and drafted by IFC, was officially presented. Specifically, the interim evaluation aimed to assess the relevance, coherence, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability and EU added value of the UCPM …

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European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction Open Forum, Istanbul, Turkey, 26-28 March 2017

European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction Open Forum, Istanbul, Turkey, 26-28 March 2017

The Sendai Framework recognises that the Regional Platforms for Disaster Risk Reduction have a key role in its implementation. The Sendai Framework also underscores the need for Regional Platforms to function as a coherent system of mechanisms in order to fully leverage the potential of collaboration and exchange across stakeholders of all sectors, and thus provide guidance and support in …

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1.3 Other Regional Developments

The IFRC Publishes a Report on ASEAN Disaster Law Mapping

The IFRC Publishes a Report on ASEAN Disaster Law Mapping

On 11 January 2018, a synthesis Report was published by the IFRC Disaster Law Programme as part of a project to provide technical and research support to the ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management (ACDM). The Report was prepared against the background of a wider regional project to develop an online platform and other forms of peer learning to implement disaster …

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10th Caribbean Conference on Comprehensive Disaster Management, 04-09 Dec 2017, Bahamas (Nassau)

10th Caribbean Conference on Comprehensive Disaster Management, 04-09 Dec 2017, Bahamas (Nassau)

The Caribbean Conference on Comprehensive Disaster Management is a signature event of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and its partners. The 10th Caribbean Conference on Comprehensive Disaster Management has been co-hosted by the Government of The Bahamas through the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and run from December 4th – 9th, 2017 and was convened under the theme …

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Eleventh regional consultation on natural disasters in West Africa (GECEAO)

Eleventh regional consultation on natural disasters in West Africa (GECEAO)

The West African States held the eleventh Regional Consultation form 5 to 7 July in Monrovia, Liberia, aimed at strengthening disaster preparedness and response in the region. The Consultation brought together 14 States from the Economic Community of West Africa States and representatives of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement (IFRC), the United Nations Office for …

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2. NEWS AND EVENTS

From Law to Action: The IDRL Guidelines 10 years on

From Law to Action: The IDRL Guidelines 10 years on

November 2017 marked 10 years since the adoption of the Guidelines for the Domestic Facilitation and Regulation of International Disaster Relief and Initial Recovery Assistance, more commonly known as the ‘IDRL Guidelines’. This landmark instrument has helped guide States in over 30 countries to develop their domestic laws and procedures for international disaster response, and laid the foundation for more effective …

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Fifth edition of the International Disaster Law Course, Sanremo (18-22 June 2018)

Fifth edition of the International Disaster Law Course, Sanremo (18-22 June 2018)

The fifth edition of the International Disaster Law Course will take place in San Remo, Italy, from 18 to 22 June 2018. The course will be hosted by the International Institute of Humanitarian Law, in cooperation with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Disaster Law Project, the Roma Tre IEUDL Jean Monnet Module and …

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Final Results of the Second Annual International and Comparative Disaster Law Essay Contest co-Organised by the Jean Monnet IEUDL Module, IFRC and ASIL

Final Results of the Second Annual International and Comparative Disaster Law Essay Contest co-Organised by the Jean Monnet IEUDL Module, IFRC and ASIL

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the American Society of International Law Disaster Law Interest Group, the Jean Monnet Module on “International and EU Law” at Roma Tre University and the International Disaster Law Project are extremely pleased to announce the winner of the Second Annual International and Comparative Disaster Law Essay Contest! We offer our …

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Italy Adopts a New Legal Framework pertaining to Civil Protection

Italy Adopts a New Legal Framework pertaining to Civil Protection

Italy recently modified its legal framework pertaining to disaster management through Decreto Legislativo 2/1/2018, n. 1 (entered into force on 6 February 2018). This reform was carried out by the Government on the basis of guidelines provided by the Parliament through Law n. 30 enacted on 16 March 2017. The reform was required in order to provide coherence to a …

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UPCOMING EVENT: NEEDS 2018 - The Third Northern European Conference on Emergency and Disaster Studies (21-23 March 2018)

UPCOMING EVENT: NEEDS 2018 - The Third Northern European Conference on Emergency and Disaster Studies (21-23 March 2018)

The NEEDS conference aims to explore the status quo of crisis and disaster research and management. The conference wishes to harness its broad, interdisciplinary expertise by gathering crisis and disaster researchers from academic institutions and practitioners from the crisis and disaster management community to build networks and to discuss the most pressing issues in disaster research across the academic and practical disciplines. All the …

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3. DISASTER LAW PUBLICATIONS

The Routledge Handbook of Human Rights and Disasters is forthcoming! 

Description: The Routledge Handbook of Human Rights and Disasters provides the first comprehensive review of the role played by international human rights law in the prevention and management of natural and technological disasters.

Each chapter is written by a leading expert and offers a state-of-the-art overview of a significant topic within the field. In addition to focussing on the role of human rights obligations in disaster preparedness and response, the volume offers a broader perspective by examining how human rights law interacts with other legal regimes and by addressing the challenges facing humanitarian organizations.

Preceded by a foreword by the International Law Commission’s Special Rapporteur on the Protection of Persons in the Event of Disasters, the volume is divided into four parts: 

• Part I: Human rights law and disasters in the framework of public international law

• Part II: Role and application of human rights law in disaster settings

• Part III: (Categories of) rights of particular significance in a disaster context

• Part IV: Protection of vulnerable groups in disaster settings

Providing up-to-date and authoritative contributions covering the key aspects of human rights protection in disaster settings, this volume will be of great interest to scholars and students of humanitarianism, international law, EU law, disaster management and international relations, as well as to practitioners in the field of disaster management.

Editors
Flavia Zorzi Giustiniani is Assistant Professor of International Law at the International Telematic University Uninettuno, Italy.

Emanuele Sommario is Assistant Professor of International Law at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna of Pisa, Italy.

Federico Casolari is Associate Professor of European Union Law at the Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna, Italy.

Giulio Bartolini is Associate Professor of International Law at the University of Roma Tre, Italy.

3.1 Books

Cubie D., The International Legal Protection of Persons in Humanitarian Crises. Exploring the Acquis Humanitaire (Hart Publishing, 2017)

Peel J., Fisher D. (eds.), The Role of International Environmental Law in Disaster Risk Reduction (Brill | Nijhoff, 2017)

3.2 Articles in Law Journals and Collected Volumes

Bartolini G., Draft Articles della Commissione del diritto internazionale sulla ‘Protection of Persons in the Event of Disasters, in 100 Rivista di Diritto internazionale, pp. 677-718, (2017)

Bautista-Hernáez A., La relación entre la Unión Europea y sus Estados miembros en la respuesta a las catástrofes: el papel de España en el mecanismo europeo de protección civil, in Joaquín Alcaide F., Eulalia W. Petit de Gabriel (eds.), España y la Unión Europea en el orden internacional, Tirant lo Blanch, pp.1187-1198, (2017)

Bradley M., More than Misfortune: Recognizing Natural Disasters as a Concern for Transitional Justice, in  11 International Journal of Transitional Justice, pp. 400-420, (2017)

Kälin W., Klimaflüchtlinge oder Katastrophenvertriebene?, in 65 Vereinte Nationen, pp. 207-212, (2017)

Lisauskaite V., The Framework Convention on Civil Defence: Characteristics of Its Content and Application, in 8 Czech Yearbook of International Law,  pp. 195-203, (2017)

Morini C., Regional Mechanisms in the Field of Disaster Risk Management: An Overview of American and Asian Experiences, in E. Triggiani, F. Cherubini, I. Ingravallo, E. Nalin, R. Virzo (eds.), Dialoghi con Ugo Villani, Cacucci Editore, 2017

Sivakumaran S., Techniques in International Law-Making: Extrapolation, Analogy, Form and the Emergence of an International Law of Disaster Relief, in 28 European Journal of International Law (Forthcoming), (2017)

Tladi D., The International Law Commission’s Draft Articles on the Protection of Persons in the Event of Disasters: Codification, Progressive Development or Creation of Law from Thin Air?, in 16 Chinese Journal of International Law, pp. 425-451 (2017) 

Witjes N., Olbrich P., Rebasso I., Big Data from Outer Space: Opportunities and Challenges for Crisis Response, in Yearbook on Space Policy 2015: Access to Space and the Evolution of Space Activities, Springer, pp. 215-225, (2017)

3.3 Reports and Working Papers

IFRC and WHO, The Regulation and Management of International Emergency Medical Teams (2017)

Lyster R., Verchick R. (eds.), Climate Disaster Law: Barriers and Opportunities, Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 17/87 (2017)

UN-OCHA, Global Humanitarian Overview 2018, (2017) 

3.4 Posts

Shucksmith C., Methods to Incorporate Human Rights Law into Disaster Prevention and Reduction Strategies, EJIL Talk! February 28 (2017)

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4. ACTIVITIES of the IEUDL Jean Monnet Module

Publication on the ILC’s Draft Articles on the “Protection of Persons in the Event of Disasters”

Publication on the ILC’s Draft Articles on the “Protection of Persons in the Event of Disasters”

Prof. Bartolini published in the 2017 issue of the Rivista di diritto internazionale an extensive analysis (pp. 677-718) on the Draft Articles (DAs) on the “Protection of persons in the event of disasters” adopted on second reading by the International Law Commission in 2016, also in light of the recommendation made by the Commission to elaborate a convention on the …

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Support of the Roma Tre IHL Legal Clinic and the IEUDL Module to the IFRC Study on the “Checklist on Law and Disaster Preparedness and Response

Support of the Roma Tre IHL Legal Clinic and the IEUDL Module to the IFRC Study on the “Checklist on Law and Disaster Preparedness and Response

In October 2017 students participating at the activities of the Roma Tre IHL Legal Clinic and the Jean Monnet Module on International and European Disaster Law submitted the final desk study on the Italian disaster management legal framework as requested by the IFRC Disaster Law programme for the IFRC’s forthcoming “Checklist on Law and Disaster Preparedness and Response”. The research …

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Presentation by Prof. Bartolini on ‘An assessment of IDL in the last decade’

Presentation by Prof. Bartolini on ‘An assessment of IDL in the last decade’

Prof. Bartolini hold a presentation on ‘An assessment of IDL in the last decade’ at the relevant conference ‘International Law Weekend’ jointly organised by the International Law Association, American Brach and the International Law Students Association at Fordham University, NY (19-21 October 2017) in a panel co-organised by the Disaster Law Interest Group of the ASIL (see https://www.ilsa.org/conferencesILW/ILW2017Program.pdf ). This …

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Presentation by Prof. Bartolini on “Disasters: An Additional (Legal) Dimension for the Protection of Cultural ad Natural Heritage”

Presentation by Prof. Bartolini on “Disasters: An Additional (Legal) Dimension for the Protection of Cultural ad Natural Heritage”

Prof. Bartolini presented a paper on “Disasters: An Additional (Legal) Dimension for the Protection of Cultural ad Natural Heritage” at the prestigious 13th edition of the conference of the European Society of International Law (see http://esilconference2017.com/), Naples, 7-9 September 2017. The parallel session where the paper was presented was attended by around 70 participants.

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Leiden University second edition of the IHL Summer School (July 2017)

Leiden University second edition of the IHL Summer School (July 2017)

Following the successful edition held in 2016 the Kalshoven-Gieskes Forum on International Humanitarian Law at the Grotious Centre, Leiden University, will organize a second edition of the summer school “International Humanitarian Law in Theory and Practice” in July 2017. The summer course, organized by distinguished Prof. Robert Heinsch (Director of the KGF) in close cooperation with the Netherland Red Cross, …

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Co-Organisation of the ‘International Disaster Response Law’ course in cooperation with the Italian Red Cross

Co-Organisation of the ‘International Disaster Response Law’ course in cooperation with the Italian Red Cross

On 28-30 July 2017 the IEUDL Module jointly managed with the Italian Red Cross this training course held at the ItRC training  centre in Jesolo. This course was attended by around 40 volunteers and staff of the ItRC with an interest on disaster law issues. Teaching staff was provided by the IEUDL Module (Bartolini and Casolari) as well as by …

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Participation by Prof. Bartolini in the second edition of the summer school on “International Humanitarian Law in Theory and Practice”

Participation by Prof. Bartolini in the second edition of the summer school on “International Humanitarian Law in Theory and Practice”

Prof. Bartolini participated in the second edition of the summer school on “International Humanitarian Law in Theory and Practice”, organised by the Leiden University  in July 2017 with a presentation on “Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response Law” held on 13 July. Around 35 participants from all over the globe attended this summer school.

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Expert workshops in Dublin and Cork (May-June 2017)

Expert workshops in Dublin and Cork (May-June 2017)

The Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights (CCJHR) at the School of Law, University College Cork and the Irish Red Cross Society will host two invite-only multi-stakeholder expert workshops in Dublin and Cork to bring together humanitarian practitioners and academics for discussion of the key challenges and questions relating to legal issues in the context of major disasters. The …

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Lecture at the Winter School Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law, University of Catania (7th March 2017)

IEUDL Module Coordinator, prof. Giulio Bartolini, will participate at the Winter School Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law organized by the University of Catania and the Italian Red Cross. On Tuesday 7th March 2017 he will provide a 3 hours lecture on “International Disaster Law and the Role of Armed Forces in Disaster Scenarios”. This Winter School is attended by …

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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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