This book looks at how legal frameworks can and do reduce risks arising out of disasters. The volume:
- analyses existing disaster laws and the challenges on the ground;
- brings together case studies from some of the most vulnerable regions; and
- proposes solutions to avert existing and possible future crises.
The book offers appropriate legal frameworks for disaster management which could not only offer sustainable institutional reforms towards community resilience and preparedness but also reduce risk within the frameworks of justice, equity and accountability. It examines the intricacies of governance within which governments function and discusses how recent trends in infrastructure development and engineering technology could be balanced within the legal principles of ethics, transparency and integrity. The chapters in the volume suggest that legal frameworks ought to resonate with new challenges of resource management and climate change. Further, these frameworks could help secure citizens’ trust, institutional accountability and effective implementation through an unceasing partnership which keeps the community better prepared and more resilient.
This volume will be indispensable to scholars and researchers of disaster management, law, public policy, environment and development studies as well as policymakers and those in administrative, governmental, judicial and development sectors.
Table of Contents
List of Figures. List of tables. Contributors. Preface. List of abbreviations. Introduction Amita Singh Part I: Disaster Law: Content and Correlations 1. Disaster Law and the post-Hyogo Pedagogical Change in the Framework of Governance Amita Singh 2. Disaster Laws: Saving lives, reducing risk in the Asia Pacific Gabrielle Emery and Padmini Nayagam 3. Disasters: An ubiquitous legal framework in Ancient BCE Literature Renu K.Sharma Part II: Country Specific Disaster Laws 4. The Landscape of Disaster Management in Pakistan: Gaps in the Legal Framework Md Akmal Wasim 5. Disaster Law and Community Resilience in Bangladesh Md Akbaruddin Ahmad 6. International Disaster Response Law in China: A Study on Strengthening National Disaster Response Legislation Yan Cui and Shibo Jiang 7. Interrogating Disaster Law in India Binod Kumar 8. Interrogating the trajectory of disaster laws in India Ramratan Dhumal Part III: International Legal Framework of Disaster Management 9. Overcoming the Patriarchal Insulation of International Legal Framework Shiranee Tilakawardane 10. Interrogating the Pedagogy of State Responsibility and Individual Rights in Disaster Law Stellina Jolly 11. Disaster Law, ICT and Performance through ‘Standard Setting’ in Disaster Law Sanghamitra Nath 12. Building National Resilience through International Law Venkatachalam Anbumozhi Part IV: The Wide Eyed Slippages of Disaster Law 13. Corruption in Humanitarian Assistance: Challenges and Opportunities Sumaiya Khair 14. A Legal Framework to Prevent Trafficking of Women and Young Girls During Disasters in India Manjula Batra 15. Disability, Disaster and the Law: Developing a Mandate for Disability Inclusive Law Making Process for Disaster Risk Reduction Deepa Sonpal 16. Anthropogenic Disaster Economics and the Non-human Species Subhalakshmi Sircar 17. Gender and Trafficking Mondira Dutta and Manika Kamthan 18. Techno-Legal Regime for safety against Natural Hazards Ved Mittal 19. Post-Disaster Medical Services: Can Law Ensure Services? Sunita Reddy and Shishir Yadav Part V: Case Specific Studies 20. Interrogating Right to Compensation in Disaster Laws: A Case Study of Kashmir Floods Himanshu Shekhar Mishra 21. Unanswered questions in Disaster Preparedness and the Right to Information Abha Yadav 22. Can Laws Ensure Disaster Risk Reduction? A Study of Mandarmoni Sea Beach in West Bengal Rabindranath Bhattacharyya 23. Disaster Risk Reduction and City Governance P. K. Chaubey Part VI: Epilogue 24. Disaster Laws: The Way Forward Nivedita P. Haran. Index
Amita Singh is Professor and Chairperson at the Centre for the Study of Law and Governance, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, India.
‘This book is a significant step toward a better understanding of how legal frameworks promote incentives for undertaking risk reduction activities, and how disaster risk reduction (DRR) in turn, help advance legal reform, which includes migrating away from old ways and aligning laws so that they can deliver fresh results. It offers a timely antidote to the existing top–down pattern of DRR.’
Eduardo T. Gonzalez, Professor, Center for Integrative Development Studies, University of the Philippines