Speaker: Professor Sandesh Sivakumaran - University of Nottingham.
Series: International Law and Affairs Group (ILAG) research seminar series.
In the last decade alone, there have been a number of major disasters, including hurricane Katrina (USA, 2005), cyclone Nargis (Myanmar, 2008), a major earthquake in Haiti (2010), and a major earthquake and tsunami in Japan (2011). Historically, international law relating to disasters could be found in disparate regional and sub-regional treaties, bilateral agreements and soft law. In recent years, a more coherent body of international disaster response law (IDRL) has emerged, primarily through the work of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent and of the International Law Commission. This IDRL has emerged through a number of techniques which, although often utilized in practice, do not conform to the traditional processes of law-making. These include the use of analogy; the development of a multilateral standard, which is ascertained through extrapolation from consistent piecemeal standards; the elucidation of a ‘normative framework’; and the resort to state-empowered entities. This presentation will trace the emergence and content of an IDRL and reflect on some of the techniques used in the making of international law.
About the Speaker
Sandesh Sivakumaran is Professor of Public International Law at the University of Nottingham. His latest book won the prestigious Paul Reuter prize and the American Society of International Law prize.
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1.00pm - 3.00pmWednesday 8th April 2015