Natural disasters and the responsibility to protect

Davies, Sara (2012) Natural disasters and the responsibility to protect. German Yearbook of International Law, 55, pp. 149-174.

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The International Law Commission (ILC) study on the protection of persons in the event of disasters has been ongoing since 2006. During this period, there has been continuous debate in the literature and in consultations with States as to whether the study should explore the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) persons in the event of natural disasters. In this article, the rationale for this continuing argument is explored considering that the ILC has repeatedly stated since 2008 that the study’s topic – assistance in the event of natural disasters – has no legal relationship with the R2P principle. In the final section it is proposed that the real knowledge gap in the ILC discussion and study is the positive affirmation of the rights of those most affected by natural disasters – women.

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ID Code: 72945
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0344-3094
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Health Law Research
Deposited On: 20 Jun 2014 00:58
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2015 03:13

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