Disaster Risk Reduction and International Law Symposium

The Reading School of Law and the multidisciplinary Walker Institute, co-sponsored by the American Society of International Law (Disaster Law Interest Group) are organising a Disaster Risk Reduction and International Law Symposium at the University of Reading between 29 June and 1 July 2017.


Framed around the principles and objectives underpinning the Sendai Framework on DRR 2015-30, and cognisant of the relevance of other global initiatives including the Sustainable Development Goals 2015 and UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, this will be a unique opportunity to discuss, debate, inform and progress the development of law, policy and practice governing DRR and disasters at the national, regional and international levels.


The symposium is expected to bring together a multinational spectrum of participants drawn from across governmental, intergovernmental, private, NGO/civil society, academic, and media sectors. Participants will comprise a mixture of those contributing papers and non-contributors informing wider discussions and debate. Whilst the discussions and papers will be framed primarily around international law and policy across a broad range of legal regimes, other disciplinary perspectives which inform law and policy understanding/ development are welcome also.


The programme will comprise a mixture of keynote speakers, panel discussions, leading research presentations, interactive activities, and networking opportunities including planned social events. For more details see walker.ac.uk/news-events/disaster-risk-reduction-and-international-law-symposium-2017.




Papers are invited which examine one or more of the following research questions, and should be framed around key principles and objectives of the Sendai Framework on DRR:


(1)    What ‘soft’ and ‘hard’ law DRR related norms currently exist within international law, whether more generally or within specific legal regimes?

(2)     How will/should DRR related law and policy develop within specific fields of law?

(3)    What are the current and potential law, policy and/or practice implications of findings in (1) and/or (2), especially in relation to improving the coherence of DRR law at national/regional/ global levels, and associated implementation and enforcement mechanisms?


Adopted approaches should include: (a) regional or country-specific case studies; (b) theoretical/ conceptual frameworks; and/or (c) examples of state/non‑state actor practice.


Paper deadline: Anyone wishing to present a paper should submit a 500 word abstract outlining their proposed topic(s) together with a personal biography of no more than 200 words to drrsymposium@reading.ac.uk by Friday 17 February 2017. Decisions regarding whether or not proposed papers have been accepted will be communicated by mid/late March 2017.


A significant edited handbook is planned aimed at law and policy makers, to be published by Cambridge University Press (subject to contract following satisfactory peer review).


Further symposium and booking details are available at walker.ac.uk/news-events/disaster-risk-reduction-and-international-law-symposium-2017. Please email drrsymposium@reading.ac.uk if you wish to be notified when full booking details are available or for any other enquiries.

Start Date : 29 June 2017 09:00
End Date : 01 July 2017 17:00
Location : University of Reading
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