Addressing vulnerability and human rights in disaster response mechanisms in Oceania

Lewis, Bridget, Maguire, Rowena, & Stringer, Helen (2013) Addressing vulnerability and human rights in disaster response mechanisms in Oceania. In Richards, Kelly & Tauri, Juan (Eds.) Crime, Justice and Social Democracy Conference, 8-11 July, 2013, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, QLD.

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The Oceania region is an area particularly prone to natural disasters such as cyclones, tsunamis, floods, droughts, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Many of the nations in the region are Small Island Developing States (SIDS), yet even within wealthy states such as Australia and New Zealand there are groups which are vulnerable to disaster. Vulnerability to natural disaster can be understood in human rights terms, as natural disasters threaten the enjoyment of a number of rights which are guaranteed under international law, including rights to health, housing, food, water and even the right to life itself. The impacts of climate change threaten to exacerbate these vulnerabilities, yet, despite the foreseeability of further natural disasters as a result of climate change, there currently exists no comprehensive international framework for disaster response offering practical and/or legally reliable mechanisms to assist at‐risk states and communities. This paper sets out to explore the human rights issues presented by natural disasters and examine the extent to which these issues can be addressed by disaster response frameworks at the international, regional and national levels.

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ID Code: 61243
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: natural disaster, human rights, disaster response law, CEDM
ISBN: 9780987467843
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Environmental and Natural Resources Law (180111)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Human Rights Law (180114)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Emergency & Disaster Management
Current > Research Centres > Crime & Justice Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 08 Aug 2013 22:33
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2014 22:44

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