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Ethics, Law and Natural Hazards
The Moral Imperative for International Intervention Post-Disaster

ISBN 9780367407049
Published March 9, 2021 by Routledge
140 Pages

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Book Description

This book argues that the international community has a moral duty to intervene on behalf of a population affected by a natural hazard when their government is either unable or unwilling to provide basic, life-saving assistance.

The work draws on law, international relations theory, and political philosophy to articulate that non-response to a natural hazard is unethical. In providing policy suggestions the author articulates what should happen based on an ethical analysis. Readers will thus gain an ethical lens with which to view intervention in the aftermath of a natural hazard. The book encourages readers to consider the nuances of arguments from various disciplines about whether or not intervention is appropriate. Whilst arguing throughout that an intervention policy in response to natural hazards should be developed by the international community, the study also accounts for why intervention should only be used in very limited situations.

This interdisciplinary approach makes the book essential reading for researchers, academics and policy-makers working in the areas of international law, humanitarian studies, human rights, international relations and political science.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Ethical Gap: Reconciling Intervention For Natural Hazards

Chapter 2 Theoretical Situation Of Natural Hazard Response

Chapter 3 International Laws & Norms For Intervention In The Context Of Natural Hazards

Chapter 4 Welfare As A Human Right

Chapter 5 Case Study: International Response To Cyclone Nargis (Myanmar)

Chapter 6 Why We Should Intervene For Natural Hazard Response

Chapter 7 Natural Hazard Intervention Policy: Process, Conditions, Constraints & Objections

Chapter 8 The Sovereignty Objection To Natural Hazard Intervention

Chapter 9 Conclusion

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Lauren Traczykowski teaches applied ethics in the Law School at Aston University, UK. Her research interests are in the areas of Applied Ethics and Emergency Situations.