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Sendai five years on: reflections on the role of international law in the creation and reduction of disaster risk

Aronsson-Storrier, M. (2020) Sendai five years on: reflections on the role of international law in the creation and reduction of disaster risk. International Journal of Disaster Risk Science, 11 (2). pp. 230-238. ISSN 2095-0055

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1007/s13753-020-00265-y

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This article offers a critical examination of the position of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 within international law. It is argued that any interrogation into the role of international law must begin not with existing disaster risk reduction (DRR) laws and policies, but rather with an enquiry into the nature of disaster risk and the role of international law in its creation and reduction. It is demonstrated how, while areas such as international human rights law can be utilized to enforce obligations in support of DRR, other areas – in particular international investment law – actively work to undermine DRR efforts. In order for international law to be a productive tool in the reduction of disaster risk international lawyers must engage with critical work in disaster studies in order to explore the role that the former has played – and can play – in creating and addressing hazards, vulnerabilities and capacities.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Law
ID Code:89061
Publisher:Springer

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