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 Bartolini, included:  Fabio CARTURAN, Emergency Manager, Italian Red Cross;  Letizia FISCHIONI, Italian Agency for Development Cooperation, Italian MFA; Marco TOSCANO-RIVALTA, Chief Inter-Governmental Policy Support and Legal Questions, UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction; Lucia CIPULLO, Senior Legislative Advocacy Officer, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies; Alice SIRONI, Migration Law Specialist, International Organization for Migration; Milena-Maria CISILINO, IDL focal point, IHL National Commission, Italian Red Cross; Paolo BENVENUTI, Professor of international law, Roma Tre University. The Rector of Roma Tre University, Mario PANIZZA, and the Dean of the Law Department, Giovanni SERGES, kick-offed the event through welcome speeches.

Participants were thus briefed on the most recent developments pertaining to the area of disaster law in order to engage in a critical debate on challenges faced by humanitarian and institutional actors facing with prevention and response to disasters. The public event was jointly managed by the IEUDL Module and the Italian Red Cross, National IHL Commission, thus permitting to enlarge the targeted audience to include Red Cross staff and volunteers with an interest or specialization in disaster law issues, students of the Roma Tre University, scholars and general audience, as members of national NGOs. The dissemination of this event also through the official website of the Italian Red Cross permitted to reach a very significant participation, broadly estimated in more than 100 attendees. Further events aimed to foster cooperation between the academia and relevant stakeholders will be managed by the staff of the IEUDL Module in the following months.