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Routledge Handbook of Human Rights and Disasters

ISBN 9781138069916
Published March 26, 2018 by Routledge
394 Pages

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Book Description

The Routledge Handbook of Human Rights and Disasters provides the first comprehensive review of the role played by international human rights law in the prevention and management of natural and technological disasters.

Each chapter is written by a leading expert and offers a state-of-the-art overview of a significant topic within the field. In addition to focussing on the role of human rights obligations in disaster preparedness and response, the volume offers a broader perspective by examining how human rights law interacts with other legal regimes and by addressing the challenges facing humanitarian organizations.

Preceded by a foreword by the International Law Commission’s Special Rapporteur on the Protection of Persons in the Event of Disasters, the volume is divided into four parts: 

  • Part I: Human rights law and disasters in the framework of public international law
  • Part II: Role and application of human rights law in disaster settings
  • Part III: (Categories of) rights of particular significance in a disaster context
  • Part IV: Protection of vulnerable groups in disaster settings

Providing up-to-date and authoritative contributions covering the key aspects of human rights protection in disaster settings, this volume will be of great interest to scholars and students of humanitarianism, international law, EU law, disaster management and international relations, as well as to practitioners in the field of disaster management.

Table of Contents

Foreword, Eduardo Valencia Ospina

Part I: Human Rights Law and Disasters in the Framework of Public International Law

1.Introduction, Flavia Zorzi Giustiniani, Emanuele Sommario, Federico Casolari, Giulio Bartolini

2. A Taxonomy of Disasters in International Law, Giulio Bartolini

3. R.I.P 'R2P': On the Controversial Responsibility to Protect Doctrine and Why it Adds No Value to Disasters, Karen Da Costa

4. Assistance to Disaster Victims in an Armed Conflict: The Role of International Humanitarian Law, Sarah Williamsn and Gabrielle Simm

Part II: Role and Application of Human Rights Law in Disaster Settings

5. A Right to International (Humanitarian) Assistance in Times of Disaster: Fresh Perspectives from International Human Rights Law, Marlies Hesselman

6. The Human Rights Approach of the International Law Commission in its Work on the Protection of Persons in the Event of Disasters, Ronan McDermott

7. Limitation and Derogation Provisions in International Human Rights Law Treaties and Their Use in Disaster Settings, Emmanuele Sommario

8. States’ Failure to Take Preventive Action and to Reduce Exposure to Disasters as a Human Rights Issue, Mirko Sossai

9. Integrating Human Rights into Disaster Management: Normative, Operational and Methodological Aspects, Annalisa Creta

10. Non-State Humanitarian Actors and Human Rights in Disaster Scenarios: Normative Role, Standard Setting and Accountability, Tommaso Natoli

Part III: (Categories of) Rights of Particular Significance in a Disaster Context

11. Mapping Basic Subsistence Rights in Post-disaster Scenarios, Marco Inglese

12. The Human Right to Adequate Housing in Post-Disaster Contexts, Raquel Rolnik

13. Addressing Discrimination in Disaster Scenarios: An International and EU Law Perspective, Federico Casolari

14. The Right to a Healthy Environment: Delineating the Content (and Contours) of a Slippery Notion, Giovanna Adinolfi

15. The Right to Know: The Role of Transparency, Access to Information and Freedom of Expression in Overcoming Disasters, Alice Riccardi

16. Economic and Social Rights in Times of Disaster: Obligations of Immediate Effect and Progressive Realization, Ellen Nohle and Gilles Giacca

17. Cultural Rights in the Prevention and Management of Disasters, Eleni Polymenopoulou

Part IV: Protection of Vulnerable Groups in Disaster Settings

18. A Human Rights–based Vulnerability Paradigm: Lessons from the Case of Displaced Women in Post-quake Haiti, Ingrid Nifosi-Sutton

19. Indigenous Communities: From Victims to Actors of Disaster Management, Kristin Hausler

20. The Protection of Migrants in Disasters, Alice Sironi and Lorenzo Guadagno

21. Temporary Protection after Disasters: International, Regional and National Approaches, Flavia Zorzi Giustiniani

22. The Nansen Initiative’s Protection Agenda for People Displaced by Disasters across Borders, Walter Kälin

23. Conclusions, Gabriella Venturini

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Flavia Zorzi Giustiniani is Assistant Professor of International Law at the International Telematic University Uninettuno, Italy.

Emanuele Sommario is Assistant Professor of International Law at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna of Pisa, Italy.

Federico Casolari is Associate Professor of European Union Law at the Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna, Italy.

Giulio Bartolini is Associate Professor of International Law at the University of Roma Tre, Italy.


'This collection of essays is not the first enquiry on the subject-matter of international disaster law (IDL), but it is a very welcome addition to a more and more well-grounded branch in the panorama of international law practice and scholarship. The book under review brings a breath of fresh air into the debate, by addressing the issue of disasters through the human rights law lens in a comprehensive way.'--Mariangela La Manna Journal of International Humanitarian Legal Studies