Disasters and International Law in the Asia-Pacific Workshop

Event date: 
24 Jul 2015
9:00am to 5:00pm
Staff Common room
Disasters in Asia Pacific
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The Faculty of Law and the Australian Human Rights Centre, UNSW Australia,together with the International Federation of the Red Cross, the Australian RedCross and the University of Technology, Sydney, are pleased to announce anexpert workshop on Disasters and International Law in the Asia-Pacific, to beheld at UNSW on Friday 24 July 2015.

This workshop, which we believe will be the first such event to focus on theAsia-Pacific region, aims to bring together a small group of practitioners,including those working in government, NGOs and international organisations,as well as academics and researchers, to discuss current issues relating todisasters and international law in the Asia-Pacific region.

International disaster law is an emerging sub-field of international law madeup of a patchwork of global, regional and bilateral treaties, guidelines, andother instruments. Some of these instruments are thematic and othershave geographic coverage. In light of the increased frequency and severityof disasters occurring as a result of climate change, the need for better coordinationand co-operation in emergency response, preparedness andprevention is clear. Law has a key role to play and thus it is important toanalyse and evaluate the legal framework that applies when disasters occur inthe Asia-Pacific region.

The Asia-Pacific region is particularly vulnerable to disasters when comparedto other regions of the world. In addition to facing a range of geophysicaland meteorological disasters, such as earthquakes, tsunamis, cyclones andtyphoons, the Asia-Pacific region is also vulnerable to industrial, technologicaland health emergencies, such as the Ebola virus. Further, the Asia-Pacific regionis diverse, including countries at varying levels of development. The region alsocomprises several sub-regions, for example South Asia, South-east Asia, NortheastAsia, and the Pacific. At the same time, some of the policies, guidelinesand treaty level instruments developed in the Asia-Pacific to assist in disasterrecovery, risk preparedness and prevention are among world’s best practice,such as the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and EmergencyResponse.

Speakers and participants at the workshop include: Dr Gary Domingo –Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, The Philippines [tbc]; Fine Tu’itupou-Arnold, Secretary-General, Cook Islands Red Cross; Gabrielle Emery,International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies; LegalAdviser, Attorney-General’s Office of International Law; Luke Brown, EmergencyManagement Australia; Rebecca Barber, Save The Children; and Michael Eburn,Australian National University.The workshop is supported by the Faculty of Law, UNSW, Australia.

There is noregistration fee for participating in the workshop, and the cost of meals duringthe day will be provided. Participants will be required to cover the cost of theirtravel to Sydney, and to and from the workshop, as well as accommodation.

If you would like to participate in the workshop, please email idl@unsw.edu.au or sarah.williams@unsw.edu.au