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Regulating disasters? The role of international law in disaster prevention and management

Aronsson-Storrier, M. ORCID: and da Costa, K. (2017) Regulating disasters? The role of international law in disaster prevention and management. Disaster Prevention and Management, 26 (5). pp. 502-513. ISSN 0965-3562

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1108/DPM-09-2017-0218


Purpose – This article explores the role of international law in disaster prevention and management, with a particular focus on the emerging field of international disaster law, and its relationship with international human rights law. It further introduces the four articles of the special column of this journal issue, dedicated to disasters and international law. Design/methodology/approach – The analysis is based upon primary sources of legislation and policy, as well as academic literature on disasters and international law. Findings – Although the field of international disaster law is at its infancy, we argue that this emergent area does have the potential to gain widespread recognition as a distinct field of law, and that this could be of benefit for the wider disaster management community. Originality/value – The article introduces key legal features and themes relating to international law and disasters, highlighting their relevance for disaster management. The added value is to widen the discussion on aspects of disasters regulated by international law, thus facilitating the future exchange with other academic subjects and operational fields. Keywords – disasters; international law; disaster management; treaties; human rights; international disaster law; international human rights law. Paper type – Research paper

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Law
ID Code:72744
Publisher:Emerald Publishing


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