Overview and Materials

International and European Disaster Law

Following an interactive approach, the Module will combine frontal as well as participatory teaching methodologies. The IEUDL Module aims to provide participants with comprehensive knowledge of the legal issues related to the activities of international actors, and the EU in particular, in the Disaster Cycle Management. The planned activities consist of 56 hours of teaching activities, including 16 hours of interactive seminars on disaster scenarios, encounters with relevant stakeholders, analysis of relevant case-law and international and EU documents. Ancillary events such as open conferences and the participation of the key teaching staff to external conferences and courses will foster debates and knowledge in this area also through a fruitful interaction between academics and international and national institutions, policy-makers, NGOs involved in disasters.

Participation is open to both Italian and foreign students. The IEUDL Module, apart from students of the Law degree, will favour the participation of students from other Roma Tre Departments as it can complement their skills being thus relevant for future professional careers (e.g. Political Science, Economics, Architecture, Human Sciences). External participants, as graduated professionals, can also enrol to this course.

IEUDL Module will benefit of the experience gained by the Module coordinator (Prof. Giulio Bartolini) and other key teaching staff in the three-year research project funded by the Italian Ministry of Education, which allowed the Applicant institution to be recognized as a leading research centre at the European level. As a result, the IEUDL Module will represent its ancillary spin-off in terms of teaching and research activities, particularly attracting further EU partners.

Schedule of the course

The IEUDL Module is an optional course at the Department of Law, Roma Tre University. It attributes 7 university credits (CFU) to students able to successfully complete it. The course is held in Italian. Lectures will be held at the Department of Law, Edificio Tommaseo, Via Ostiense 139, room 12 on Wednesdays (16-18.15) and Thursdays (16-17.30).

Programma ITA 2018

Course Materials

Main events

  1. Disastri e diritto. Il ruolo degli strumenti giuridici internazionali/nazionali nella prevenzione/risposta ai disastri – 2 December 2016

    Flyer: Disastri e diritto – 2 dicembre 2016

Description: The Conference permitted to critically assess the content of the most relevant IDL instrument and their potential outcome through an analysis carried out by relevant stakeholders in this area, with a particular emphasis on the involvement of policymakers at the international and national level (e.g. representatives of public authorities relevant for the Italian disaster management mechanism both at the central level as well as the regional one; representatives of some International Organisations relevant in this area, with a specific focus on the possibility to involve EU representatives) staff and representatives of NGOs involved on humanitarian issues, academics (including some of those involved as key teaching staff), practitioners in the humanitarian domain and the general audience. The event has been beneficial to participants at the IEUDL Module as well as to all interested in this topic, including law-makers at the international and national level, representatives of NGOs, researchers and the general audience in order to get an in-depth and up to date knowledge of these issues.

2. Disastri e diritti umani. Presentazione del volume “Routledge Handbook of Human Rights and Disasters” – 4 May 2018

Flyer: Conference Human Rights and Disasters Roma Tre – 4 May 2018


This Event organised at the Department of Law, Roma Tre University ,4 May 2018) consisted of several presentations involving representatives of International Organisations (World Food Programme, European Charter of Social Rights) and academics focusing on the respect and protection of human rights as well as humanitarian principles in disaster scenarios and the relevance of such standard for humanitarian actors – being States, International Organisations and NGOs – involved in relief activities, disaster risk reduction and recovery after a disaster. In the framework of these phases of the disaster-cycle several critical elements dealing with the human rights dimension have been addressed. It has also permitted to present the results of an edited volume on human rights and disasters permitting to highlight innovative perspectives in this area.

3. Annual Conference on “European and Regional Approaches to International Disaster Law” – 20 June 2019

Flyer: EU and Regional approaches to disaster law 2019  

The third annual Conference managed by the IEUDL Module has been organised as part of the training programme of the International Disaster Law Course (6th edition) held at the International Institute of Humanitarian Law from 17 to 21 June 2019, in cooperation with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the International Disaster Law Project, and with the support of the Italian Red Cross.

The event was designed in order to provide an in-depth evaluation and critical review of the most recent significant development of the EU disaster law system, putting them in context with other relevant regional approaches to disaster law as to highlight the forerunner role of the EU in this area. Presentations were held by Key teaching staff Prof Federico Casolari and Dr Tommaso Natoli, as well as by Senior representatives from IFRC regional offices.

In particular it was possible to highlight and critically assess recent developments occurred in EU law, as Decision 2019/420 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 March 2019, amending Decision No 1313/2013/EU on a Union Civil Protection Mechanism and the Decision on medical personnel in disaster management activities: with these new instruments, the EU intended to strengthen all components of its disaster risk management through the establishment of a new European reserve of capacities (the ‘rescEU reserve’) that initially includes firefighting planes and helicopters. Through such a “strengthened” Mechanism, the EU is setting the basis to be better prepared and efficiently respond to emergencies in the future. Such topics were thus complemented with other regional approaches also with the involvement of senior officers of the Disaster Law Programme, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

The audience included representatives of international organisations (e.g. UN World Food Programme); representatives of NGOs and civil society involved in relief activities and humanitarian aid as well as volunteers activities in this area (e.g. IFRC and Red Cross Red Crescent National Societies); representatives of national authorities and members of the armed forces; scholars and researchers with an interest on disaster law. The active participation of this extremely rich and highly qualified public was highly encouraged by the panellists, as demonstrated by the Q&A session and the afternoon exercise on a case-study, thus providing an occasion for extremely pertinent a critical evaluations on the main achievements of the EU-CPM, as well as for sharing other stakeholders’ perspectives and experience. Most interestingly, thanks to the fact that the attendees came from all over the word, the discussion also concerned the EU Civil Protection Mechanism role and involvement in some of the most devastating disasters and complex emergencies outside the EU, including the Ebola outbreak in West Africa (2014) and, recently, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (2018), as well as with regard to the earthquake in Nepal (2015).

Seminars: “International and EU Disaster Law Put to Practice: Practitioners’ Perspective”

Flyer BILOTTA 2018


During the JM IEUDL Module, students had the opportunity to integrate the theoretical knowledge provided by frontal lectures with more dynamic activities. A significant role in this regard has been played by seminars organized in cooperation with relevant stakeholders in the area of disaster relief and preparedness acting in Rome, in order to discuss with senior staff of such entities issues dealing with disaster law and create an interactive debate with them. These seminars involved two representatives from relevant national entities (Italian Department of Civil Protection, Italian Red Cross Society and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

International Disaster Law Legal Clinic

As part of the activities of the IEUDL Jean Monnet Module, based on a cooperation project with the Disaster Law Program of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the “IDL Legal Clinic” of the Department of Law of the Roma Tre University directed by Prof. Giulio Bartolini with the support of Dr Tommaso Natoli, involved students on the realization of reports and desk studies on regulatory issues in international disaster response operations. This activity was inspired by a ‘learning by doing’ approach in order to allow students to develop their skills in legal research, writing, activity organization, team-work, work autonomy.

1. The first report, drafted in English, consisted in the development of a desk study on the Italian legislation and practice, functional to the development of a Checklist on Law and Disaster Preparedness and Prevention, and aimed at contributing to IFRC international research on the subject.


2. Through the second final report, drafted in English, students contributed to international research commissioned by the IFRC aimed at identity cases of regulatory and operational difficulties encountered by humanitarian actors in recent relief operations (2013-2018). The report will be used by the IFRC as part of the preparatory activities for the 33rd International Conference of Red Cross and Red Crescent (Geneva, December 2019).

Report (IDRL Report 2013-2018 – Roma Tre DEF)