Tuesday, June 6, 2017
The International Red Cross and several other partners have announced their second annual essay contest on International and Comparative Disaster Law. Short abstracts are due July 7, from which 5 will be selected to make full submissions. Topics must involve international law or a comparison of laws or legal issues in two or more countries.
Here is an excerpt from the background material on the essay contest:
"Scholarship about legal and regulatory frameworks for reducing disaster risks, responding to disasters and recovering from them, is still in its infancy. Yet states are increasingly turning to legal tools to fight disasters, at the national, regional and international levels. Are they learning from each other about what works well and what does not? Are international instruments meeting their potential to increase cooperation in disaster risk management and humanitarian response? Are international legal tools being translated effectively to the national level in terms of implementation and enforcement? Further details about disaster law, together with details of the key binding and non-binding legal instruments, are available at www.ifrc.org/dl and http://www.ieudl.eu/databases/
This essay contest aims to stimulate creative thinking and analysis about disaster law, in relation to these and other questions, from an international and/or comparative perspective. The first annual contest, held in 2015, drew submissions from 12 countries. The winning essay was: Giovanni Sciaccaluga, whose paper was entitled Climate change related disasters and human displacement: towards an effective management system (2015)."